Tour de France betting preview and free bets

With a Paddy Power free bet, you can double your money on the Tour de France. For example, if you put a £10 bet on Andy Schleck to win, you'll get a free £20 bet as well. Put it on Contador to cover yourself, and you can't fail but make money.

Contador is a huge favourite, having won the Tour twice already, and having won the Giro d'Italia in such convincing fashion. A six-minute advantage demonstrated that Contador is at the very peak of his form, and if Andy Schleck is to get anywhere near him, he's going to have to wait this year before attacking. The mountain stages come late after the early initial stages in Brittany and Normandy, and the sensible gambler will be waiting until these stages to see where Schleck is positioned.

One regular little cash cow is the early stage betting on Cancellara, the traditional holder of the yellow jersey before the serious stuff starts, so look out for stage betting each day, and if it's early on and flat, Cancellara's your man.

However, we've looked further down the list and Samuel Sanchez is a brilliant 6/1 without the big 2. Last year's 4th place is a bright hope for the Euskatel team, and will enjoy the Pyrenees. Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso are shorter odds, but have proved themselves brittle over the last few tours. While they can't be discounted, their odds don't reflect their form. Sanchez, however, is under-priced.

Bradley Wiggins faded last year, but he recently won the Dauphine Libere in impressive fashion. However, the mountains will more than likely prove his downfall, and if you're looking for a patriotic bet, put your money on Mark Cavendish for the green jersey. He'll be pushed all the way by the likes of Hushovd, but he's an excellent 7/5 with most bookmakers.

Our best bets for le Tour

  • Contador to beat Schleck: 6/4
  • Sanchez to win without the big 2: 6/1
  • Mark Cavendish to win the green jersey: 7/5
  • Ivan Basso top 10 finish: 4/9

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published: 30th June 2011 by Free Bet Bookmaker

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