Betting on the Tour

The 2013 Tour de France will be run between 29 June and 21 July. This is it’s hundredth birthday, so the interest will be even higher than usual. The Tour de France is always important event on the French calendar and this time it will be held entirely on French land.

This is an event in which British cyclists have been prospering recently. Last year both first and second places went to Britain.

The event was won by Sir Bradley Wiggins and the runner up was Chris Froome. Only four minutes separated them. This year Chris Froome is the outright favourite and he is prices at 7/5. Second favourite is last year’s third place Alberto Contador from Spain and he is currently priced up to 11/5. Odds on Wiggins are 16/1, which are very good for a reigning Champion.

The really exciting betting doesn’t really get going until the start of the event, and when it does you can expect some wildly fluctuating odds as different riders emerge. A lot can happen in the Tour de France and it frequently does, so expect some surprises. If you can predict them in advance you can make some real money.

An alternative way to gamble on the Tour de France is to play the latest Tour de France themed slot game Pedal Power. This is a fun packed video slot based loosely on the race, but its most interesting feature is its free spin bonus where if you make the right decisions and you have some good luck you really do have a chance of winning the top prize of £40,000.

It is a five reel slot with multiple paylines, and as well as the bonus feature you can also gamble up your standard spin winnings.

One year doping suspension too harsh

Cyclist Frank Schleck, who was suspended for a year after failing the dope test during last year’s Tour de France, has once again reiterated that according to him the punishment that he was meted out was too severe.

The 32 year old rider, who came third during the Tour of 2011 had tested positive for diuretic Xipamide, which is a banned substance. The ban handed down to Schleck is backdated to last year’s July 14 and basically means that Schleck will be missing the Tour de France this year.

Schleck had earlier said, “I am thoroughly disappointed with the verdict. I personally think that suspending me for a one whole year is extremely harsh especially since the council has conceded that I had taken the diuretic Xipamide, unintentionally without knowing it.

Frank, who is the older brother of 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck, has also added that it was unfortunate that as per the UCI provisions involuntary contamination is enough for pronouncing a punishment.
Following the ban, Schleck will lose all the results of 2012 event. He was in standing in the 12th position when he was forced to withdraw.

Luxembourg’s anti-doping body (ALAD) president Robert Schuller has said that they accepted the ban that was imposed on the rider.

Earlier, Schleck had said that he had absolutely no idea how the banned substance got into his system. He further said that though a one year ban was imposed on him, it has been proven that he is not a doper. He said, ‘I am relieved that the judges concerned acknowledged that mine is not a case of doping and I did not take the diuretic Xipamide to enhance my performance. This is very important to me, my family and friends and to all those who support me. I know I did nothing wrong”.