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P.J. Murray 2nd Jul 2011 - 20:36

Thomas 12/1 For Yellow Jersey On Start Of 3rd Stage of Tour de France

The first stage of the Tour de France descended into carnage with several crashes impeding the top contenders.

Philippe Gilbert won the race and William Hill make him 11/1 to win the Tour de France. One of the only top riders who did not suffer during the stage was Geraint Thomas and Hills make him 12/1 to be wearing the yellow jersey during the third stage. Alberto Contador is 1.20 behind the leaders at the moment and has slipped in the outright betting to 13/10 having been 1/2 at the start of play. Andy Schleck is now the 6/5 favourite. The closest British contender is Bradley Wiggins at 20/1.

"Contador's hopes of retaining his title took a real hammering today allowing his closest competitor, Andy Schleck to really steal a march," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.  Tour de France Outright: 6/5 Andy Schleck; 13/10 Alberto Contador; 11/1 Cadel Evans; 20/1 Bradley Wiggins; 22/1 Robert Gesink; 28/1 Frank Schleck; 28/1 Jurgen Van Den Broeck; 33/1 Ivan Basso; 50/1 BAR

King of the Mountains: 3/1 Alberto Contador; 5/1 Andy Schleck; 6/1 Damiano Cunego; 7/1 David Moncoutie; 9/1 Anthony Chartreau; 11/1 Thomas Voeckler; 14/1 Robert Gesink; 16/1 Alexandre Vinikourov; 22/1 Christophe Kern; 22/1 Sylvain Chavanel; 25/1 Frank Schleck; 25/1 Samuel Sanchez; 28/1 BAR

Points Classification: 6/4 Mark Cavendish; 3/1 Philippe Gilbert; 6/1 Alessandro Petacchi; 6/1 Thor Hushovd; 8/1 Jose Joaquin Rojas; 8/1 Tyler Farrar; 14/1 Andre Griepel; 20/1 Edvald Boasson Hagen; 40/1 BAR

12/1 Geraint Thomas to be wearing Yellow Jersey on the start of the third stage



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