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Robert Alexander 14th Jul 2014 - 18:16

Tour de France - Favourites Go Crashing Out

In-Play Sports Trader Jason Drewery reflects on the Tour de France so far.

With this year's Tour de France starting on William Hill's front door in Leeds, we've already seen so much happening to match the hype that surrounded the spectacle in Yorkshire. Cavendish broke many Brit's hearts by crashing out on the very first stage in his mother's home town, and this was followed by Froome's withdrawal on stage 5 to add to the sorrow of the British cycling fan, but no need to worry Thomas and Yates are still there to keep an eye on throughout, along with the growing chances of Team Sky's Richie Porte (6/1) to win the tour after seeing his chances grow after seeing Contador also having a 'DNF' appear next to his name after stage 10.

But all these withdrawals come as brilliant news to the man in the yellow jersey in Vincenzo Nibali who must be thinking of the Champs Elysees in yellow already, with his chances at 2/11 and his power in the race so far makes it difficult to see past the Italian wearing the yellow down the famous boulevard.

However, there are plenty of other prizes still to compete, and at William Hill we are offering prices on every jersey with the greatest selection of markets in-play too, betting on each jersey along with stage winner and stage/tour match bets.

Points Classification
Peter Sagan (3/100) already looking like he's sewn up the points jersey for his third year running by leading by 131 points, and finishing in the top 5 for the first 8 stages proving to be one of the best stage riders in recent years.

Mountains Classification
Joaquim Rodriguez at 4/9 appears to have turned his attention to the Polka-Dots after losing over an hour of time on his GC rivals, and has spent the last two stages in the breakaway picking up KoM points. But many other riders have declared an interest in acquiring this with Thomas Voeckler (14/1) being a French favourite loves the challenge of the mountain climb. Nibali (5/2) could also rival Rodriguez and go for the double with Polka-dots and Yellow if he manages to continue his stage winning form and picking up mountain points along the way, as we enter week two in the mountains.

Young Rider Classification
The most contested jersey in White could be the most interesting yet with OPQS turning their intentions to Michal Kwiatkowski (10/1) readjusting after Cavendish crashed out, and stage 10 saw the rider wanting to make his claim for white staying out in front for the majority of the stage, but two young French riders Pinot (8/11) and Bardet (6/5) lead the way and have a team set up to secure this jersey.

Three stages so far have seen riders winning from a breakaway, and bets being placed on Boom(50/1) stage 5, Martin (50/1) Stage 9, Kadri (66/1) Stage 8. Be sure to check in-play for the riders in the days attack.


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