TDF 2014: Rest Day Report
WH's Jason Drewery discusses...
Long Victory Lap for Nibali?
Vincenzo Nibali is so far in front now he's practically got the jersey framed and hung above his fireplace. However, there are plenty of markets available at William Hill to keep this 101st edition interesting. The addition of the 'betting without Nibali' market offers plenty of competition and a bet on the best placed American TJ Van Garderen (19/10) who can produce under the clock on stage 20 to head the field behind Vincenzo looks favourable after a good performance on stage 14 in the mountains. Behind TJ we have the two young Frenchmen, Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, who are getting all the hype across the French media, and rightfully so, currently sitting 3rd and 4th in the GC, they are fighting it out for a podium finish in Paris, sitting 7/2 and 9/2 in the same market.
The pair are also competing for the young rider classification with Bardet currently wearing the white jersey with a 16 second lead over Pinot, and you can currently get 11/8 on Pinot to overturn that lead and claim the jersey as his own in Paris and with a time-trial and some climbing in the Pyrenees to complete we may see some time being lost.
As mentioned we are due to hit the Pyrenees and the King of the Mountain classification has to be the most contested of all the awards this year with only 2 points splitting the top 3. Nibali (9/4) already having 3 stage wins for himself, Rodriguez (6/4) jumping in the daily breakaway and Saxo-Tinkoff changing their strategy for Rafal Majka(11/8) to also contend, we can see plenty of action for the famous polka-dot jersey, and who knows? We may yet see the 3 hitting the front on the last day to compete for an all important category 4 climb on their way to Paris.
So is this last week going to be a week long victory lap for Nibali? 10/1 the field almost seems tempting, a tough time in the mountains, and all the withdrawals of favourites so far this year, we can still see plenty more twists and turns in the lead up to the Champs Elysees.
Keep a look out for all the markets In-Play, continuing to offer the widest range of markets during the race from stage winner to head-head markets and intermediate sprints!