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Tour de France 2015
« on: July 03, 2015, 07:36:08 AM »
The biggest cycling competition in the world is about to start, here are a few facts:

- Starts on Saturday July 4th, ends on Sunday July 26th 2015

- This is the 102th edition of the Tour de France

- 21 stages, total distance of 3,360 kilometres.

- 9 flat stages, 3 hill stages, 7 mountain stages with 5 altitude finishes, 1 individual time-trial stage, 1 team time-trial stage, 2 rest days

In this edition Alberto Contador will try a historic double, aiming to become the first rider since 1998 to win both Giro and Tour in the same year.


Now here are some outright odds at Bet Victor:

Tour Winner

Christopher Froome - 3
Nairo Quintana - 3.25
Alberto Contador - 5
Vincenzo Nibali - 6
Thibaut Pinot - 26

Team Classification

Sky - 4
Movistar - 4
Astana - 5.5
AG2R La Mondiale - 6.5
Tinkoff-Saxo - 7

Points Classification

Peter Sagan - 1.909
Alexander Kristoff - 4
Mark Cavendish - 5
John Degenkolb - 10
Bryan Coquard - 21

King of the Mountains

Nairo Quintana - 5.5
Pierre Rolland - 8.5
Christopher Froome - 10
Alberto Contador - 11
Joaquim Rodriguez - 15

Young Rider Classification

Nairo Quintana - 1.5
Thibaut Pinot - 5.5
Romain Bardet - 9
Simon Yates - 19
Wilco Kelderman - 26

Good luck and enjoy the Tour!
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2015, 04:18:43 PM »
Thanks for this topic Johnny :-bd I'm exited and so inpatient to see the biggest cycling race in the world to get started. The expectations are huge and I hope we will see a  fierce battle between 3 or 4 riders for the general standings. I'm not  agree with the bookies who gives Contador a smaller chances than Quintana but will see. Anyway have to be a great tour and I hope that  we wont see again last years falls  from Froome and Contador.
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2015, 04:48:16 PM »
I'm not  agree with the bookies who gives Contador a smaller chances than Quintana but will see.

Contador is a better rider than any of the other contenders, but the big unknown is his condition after three hard weeks at the Giro d'Italia. I'm quite curious to see in what kind of shape he is.
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2015, 02:05:08 AM »
Stage one coming up today, it's more of a prologue than an actual stage. It will be an individual time trial on a 14km route inside the Dutch city of Utrecht, flat as a pancake.



I think Tom Dumoulin has a good chance today, he is Dutch and will be determined to go full gas in order to clinch a win on his home roads. Tony Martin is surely the best time-trialist out there but this stage might be a bit too short for him.

Here are the odds for the stage win at BetVictor:

Tony Martin - 1.909
Tom Dumoulin - 4
Fabian Cancellara - 9
Adriano Malori - 17
Alex Dowsett - 21
Rohan Dennis - 23
Michal Kwiatkowski - 26
Matthias Brandle - 34

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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2015, 12:11:17 PM »
Quite a surprise in stage 1, Rohan Dennis was the fastest and will be the first to wear the yellow jersey in this year's edition of the Tour de France. Here is today's top 10:

1   Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team   0:14:56   
2   Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step   +0:00:05   
3   Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing   +0:00:06   
4   Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin   +0:00:08   
5   Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo   +0:00:15   
6   Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team   +0:00:23   
7   Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling +0:00:23   
8   Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team   +0:00:29   
9   Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo   +0:00:30   
10   Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka   +0:00:32

Among the big overall classification contenders Vincenzo Nibali was the fastest today, he gained 7 seconds on Chris Froome, 15 on Alberto Contador and 18 on Nairo Quintana.
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2015, 05:09:18 PM »
Sunday's stage is a flat one, so in theory it should favour a mass sprint at the finish and a battle between the world's strongest sprinters. However, the peloton will travel close to the sea during the final kilometers of the stage and there's a high probability of strong winds there, so surprises and unexpected attacks might happen.



Here are the odds for stage two at BetVictor:

Mark Cavendish - 2
Andre Greipel - 6
Alexander Kristoff - 6
Nacer Bouhanni - 13
Peter Sagan - 13
Arnaud Demare - 17
John Degenkolb - 17
Bryan Coquard - 26
George Bennett - 29
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2015, 07:36:53 AM »

Among the big overall classification contenders Vincenzo Nibali was the fastest today, he gained 7 seconds on Chris Froome, 15 on Alberto Contador and 18 on Nairo Quintana.
It was interesting time trial and I'm surprised that Quintana was only 11 seconds behind Froome. In fact Pineau and Van Garderen was the fastest from the top ten contenders, but quite short stage and all of them in around 20 seconds.
I'm not  agree with the bookies who gives Contador a smaller chances than Quintana but will see.

Contador is a better rider than any of the other contenders, but the big unknown is his condition after three hard weeks at the Giro d'Italia. I'm quite curious to see in what kind of shape he is.
Definitely agree Johny, Although I like to think that he is no better than Froome ;) The condition will be keen factor for Contador and with so many mountain stages the lost seconds in the first stage are nothing really.
Sunday's stage is a flat one, so in theory it should favour a mass sprint at the finish and a battle between the world's strongest sprinters. However, the peloton will travel close to the sea during the final kilometers of the stage and there's a high probability of strong winds there, so surprises and unexpected attacks might happen.

Yes it could be quite tricky stage because of the wind, the top riders have to be up front in the peloton or they risking to loose time. Hope we will see some action.  :z
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2015, 12:14:13 PM »
Tricky stage today, as expected. Andre Greipel won the stage, taking advantage of an error from Mark Cavendish who launched the sprint way too early.

But the big news is that Chris Froome and Alberto Contador gained significant advantages over their overall classification rivals, both Antonio Nibali and Nairo Quintana were caught behind after a crash and due to the strong wind they were unable to get back into the group with the Tinkoff and Sky riders. The yellow jersey was also caught behind, so Fabian Cancellara is the new overall race leader.

Stage 2 classification

1.   GREIPEL André   (LOTTO-SOUDAL)   03h 29' 03''   
2.   SAGAN Peter   (TINKOFF-SAXO)    + 00' 00''
3.   CANCELLARA Fabian   (TREK FACTORY RACING)   + 00' 00''
4.   CAVENDISH Mark   (ETIXX-QUICK STEP)   + 00' 00''
5.   OSS Daniel   (BMC RACING TEAM)   + 00' 00''

Overall classification after Stage 2

1.   CANCELLARA Fabian   03h 44' 01''   
2.   MARTIN Tony   + 00' 03''
3.   DUMOULIN Tom   + 00' 06''
4.   SAGAN Peter      03h 44' 34''   + 00' 33''
5.   THOMAS Geraint      + 00' 35''
6.   OSS Daniel   + 00' 42''
7.   URAN URAN Rigoberto      + 00' 42''
8.   VAN GARDEREN Tejay      + 00' 44''
9.   VAN AVERMAET Greg      + 00' 48''
10.   FROOME Christopher      + 00' 48''
14.   ESPCONTADOR Alberto      + 01' 00''
28.   GESINK Robert   + 01' 59''
30.   MOLLEMA Bauke      + 02' 03''
31.   PINOT Thibaut      + 02' 07''
33.   NIBALI Vincenzo      + 02' 09''
41.   PÉRAUD Jean-Christophe   + 02' 25''
44.   QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander   03h 46' 28''   + 02' 27''
55.   TALANSKY Andrew      + 02' 41''
71.   RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin      + 02' 52''
170. ROLLAND Pierre   + 06' 48''
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2015, 01:47:37 PM »
Very interesting indeed, Nibali, Quintana and Pinot ,all are the biggest losers from today. I think there was falling that separate the group but the wind was also a big  factor. Van Garderen and Uran was also in the first group, so well done to them. Also 4 seconds between Froome and Contador at the finish which is more important of psychological point of view really. We just couldn't ask for more interesting start of the tour. :-bd

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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2015, 02:04:50 PM »
I think there was falling that separate the group but the wind was also a big  factor.

Yes, Adam Hansen fell and that incident split the group, then with the wind it was impossible for those behind to get back since those at the front went full gas in order to make the gap as big as possible.
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2015, 03:02:31 PM »
I don't watch cycling often but this is very exciting even for me. My favorites didn't had great start but never mind... :)

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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2015, 03:34:50 AM »
Stage 3 will surely be highly entertaining as it features two short but brutally tough climbs in the final kilometres. The finish will be at the top of Mur de Huy, a climb which is just 1.3 km long but has an average gradient of 9.6%. We will see attacks, probably even from the likes of Nibali or Quintana, who lost time to their rivals on Sunday.



Here are the odds for Stage 3 at BetVictor:

Alejandro Valverde 2/1
Joaquim Rodriguez 11/2
Daniel Martin 7/1
Michael Albasini 16/1
Peter Sagan 20/1
Michal Kwiatkowski 25/1
Julian Arredondo 33/1
Simon Gerrans 33/1
Simon Yates 33/1
Bauke Mollema 40/1
Vincenzo Nibali 40/1

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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2015, 09:05:36 AM »
Stage 3 will surely be highly entertaining as it features two short but brutally tough climbs in the final kilometres. The finish will be at the top of Mur de Huy, a climb which is just 1.3 km long but has an average gradient of 9.6%. We will see attacks, probably even from the likes of Nibali or Quintana, who lost time to their rivals on Sunday.
Probably we'll see some sparks between the favourites, It's appropriate finish for Valverde and Purito but I saw that the odds for Nibali are quite decent 40/1 !! Definitely worth a try if you are brave or crazy enough. 8p

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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2015, 11:50:09 AM »
Hectic stage today, the race was neutralized for a while after a terrible mass crash in the peloton (video HERE). That crash also involved Fabian Cancellara, who lost the yellow jersey because of it and might even retire from the race if he doesn't recover before tomorrow's stage.

Joaquim "Purito" Rodriguez took the stage win, he was by far the strongest on the Mur de Huy while Valverde was not even close. Among the overall classification contenders Chris Froome was the most impressive, he gained a few seconds on Nibali, Quintana and Contador and also clinched the yellow jersey. Tejay Van Garderen also did a solid job to finish alongside Nibali and Quintana.

Stage 3 results

1   Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP) Team Katusha   3:26:54   
2   Christopher Froome (GBR) Team Sky    +0:00   
3   Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale   +00:04   
4   Daniel Martin (IRL) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team   +0:05   
5   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto Soudal   +0:08   
6   Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team   +0:11   
7   Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana Pro Team    +0:11   
8   Simon Yates (GBR) Orica GreenEdge    +0:11   
9   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team    +0:11   
10   Bauke Mollema (NED) Trek Factory Racing    +0:11   

Overall Classification after Stage 3

1   Christopher Froome (GBR) Team Sky   7:11:37   
2   Tony Martin (GER) Etixx - Quick-Step   +0:01   
3   Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team   +0:13   
4   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto Soudal   +0:26   
5   Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team   +0:28   
6   Peter Sagan (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo   +0:31   
7   Rigoberto Uran (COL) Etixx - Quick-Step   +0:34   
8   Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff-Saxo   +0:36   
9   Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky   +1:03   
10   Zdenek Stybar (CZE) Etixx - Quick-Step   +1:04
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Re: Tour de France 2015
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2015, 02:39:45 PM »
Hectic stage today, the race was neutralized for a while after a terrible mass crash in the peloton (video HERE). That crash also involved Fabian Cancellara, who lost the yellow jersey because of it and might even retire from the race if he doesn't recover before tomorrow's stage.

Joaquim "Purito" Rodriguez took the stage win, he was by far the strongest on the Mur de Huy while Valverde was not even close. Among the overall classification contenders Chris Froome was the most impressive, he gained a few seconds on Nibali, Quintana and Contador and also clinched the yellow jersey. Tejay Van Garderen also did a solid job to finish alongside Nibali and Quintana.

I've had never seen a race to be neutralized so far because of a crash. Chris Froome was awesome and take advantage on all his opponents. Very similar to the last years Nibali ride when he dominated from the very early stages  on the tour. A little too early for Sky to defend the Yellow Jersey from now on but Froome looks great and my only wish is Chris to avoid any crashes.

 

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