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Bet Tour de France Odds - 2008 Tour de France

Sign Up Click HereThe 95th Tour de France will start on July 5th in Brittany with last year's champion, Spaniard Alberto Contador, heading the betting.

Not only is The Tour de France the most recognisable name in world cycling it is one of the world's leading sporting events.

These 21 stages have the following profiles:

* 10 flat stages,
* 5 mountain stages,
* 4 medium mountain stages,
* 2 individual time-trial stages.

The 95th Tour de France will start on July 5th in Brittany with last year's champion, Spaniard Alberto Contador, heading the betting.

Not only is The Tour de France the most recognisable name in world cycling it is one of the world's leading sporting events.

The time that each rider achieves per stage is combined to determine the overall winner of the event.

There are smaller titles competed for within the race with the holders being awarded a specific jersey.

Examples of Tour de France jerseys include: The Yellow Jersey (overall time leader), Green Jersey (points leader), Polka Dot Jersey (King of the Mountains) and the White Jersey (best performing rider under 25).

Lance Armstrong is the most successful rider in the history of the race, winning it seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, setting a whole host of new records.

Statistics for past Tours are:

Raymond Poulidor may not have won the Yellow Jersey, but he is the rider who stepped the highest number of times on the podium of the Tour (he finished 8 times in the Top 3!), more than Hinault, Zoetemelk, Ullrich and Armstrong (7), Garrigou, Anquetil and Merckx (6), LeMond and Indurain (5), Van Impe and L. Bobet (4).

So if you think you can predict the winner of the Tour de France or you as a whole or you have a favourite to win the King of the Mountains place a bet with Skytower Sportsbook.

  2008 Tour de France Schedule
1 Saturday, July 5th 195 km 
Brest → Plumelec
2 Sunday, July 6th 165 km 
Auray → St. Brieuc
3 Monday, July 7th 195 km 
St Malo → Nantes
4 Tuesday, July 8th 29 km 
Cholet → Cholet
5 Wednesday, July 9th 230 km 
Cholet → Châteauroux
6 Thursday, July 10th 195 km 
Aigurande → Super-Besse Sancy
7 Friday, July 11th 158 km 
Brioude → Aurillac
8 Saturday, July 12th 174 km 
Figeac → Toulouse
9 Sunday, July 13th 222 km 
Toulouse → Bagnères-de-Bigorre
10 Monday, July 14th 154 km 
Pau → Hautacam
R Tuesday, July 15th
Rest Day in Pau
11 Wednesday, July 16th 166 km 
Lannemezan → Foix
12 Thursday, July 17th 168 km 
Lavelanet → Narbonne
13 Friday, July 18th 182 km 
Narbonne → Nîmes
14 Saturday, July 19th 182 km 
Nîmes → Digne-les-Bains
15 Sunday, July 20th 216 km 
Embrun → Prato Nevoso, It
R Monday, July 21st
Rest Day in Cuneo, Italy
16 Tuesday, July 22nd 157 km 
Cuneo, Italy → Jausiers
17 Wednesday, July 23rd 210 km 
Embrun → L'Alpe d'Huez
18 Thursday, July 24th 197 km 
Bourg d'Oisans → Saint-Étienne
19 Friday, July 25th 163 km 
Roanne → Montluçon
20 Saturday, July 26th 53 km 
Saint-Amand-Montrond → Cérilly
21 Sunday, July 27th 143 km 
Étampes → Paris Champs-Élysees
  Total Distance 3,554 km 

2008 Tour de France Winner

Sastre victory

The 2008 Tour de France cycling race is now over, won by Spain's Carlos Sastre, with a time of 87h 52m 52s. Sastre beat second-place finisher Cadel Evans of Australia by only 58 seconds, over a 21 stage course that added up to over 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles).

On the eve of this year’s Tour de France in the heart of Brittany, all the talk was of the possibility of a clean Tour.

As it transpired, it was not to be although the general consensus was that the quartet of riders to fail drugs tests, the latest being Dmitriy Fofonov after stage 18, were now the exception rather than the rule in the peloton.

Barring Riccardo Ricco, who was a too high profile rider to ignore, the remaining trio caused little if no stir on the back pages of the French newspapers.

Instead, a rider known as Don Limpio (Mr Clean) in his native Spain effectively won the race over the solitary climb up Alpe d’Huez, the stage where Fofonov was exposed as a drugs cheat.

Carlos Sastre would not have been most pundits’ pick to win the Tour – in fact, most doubted he had it in him to maintain his one-and-a-half minute advantage in the penultimate stage time trial.

But the quiet man of the peloton, who was virtually like a ghost for all but the Alpe d’Huez climb, finally got his say on the winner’s podium on the Champs-Elysees.

However, the 2008 Tour was not just about Sastre and, as well as cycling cleaning up its act still further, the 2008 race saw the dawn of the new faces in cycling.

2007 Tour de France Winner

Three years ago, Alberto Contador was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a brain aneurism. He drew inspiration from reading a book about Lance Armstrong, the cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France champion. Now Contador has his own inspiring comeback story that, like Armstrong's, ended with a victory in the Tour de France on Sunday. "It's an extraordinary joy," said Contador, who collapsed with the aneurism during a race in Spain in 2004. The Spaniard kissed his winner's yellow jersey on the podium against the backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe.  Contador, 24, was this year's unlikely winner for Discovery Channel after former race leader Michael Rasmussen was sent home earlier in the Tour for allegedly lying to his team and the pre-race favorite Alexandre Vinokourov failed a doping test. Contador high-fived and hugged his teammates at the end. His original goal was to take the white jersey for the best young rider. In the end, he got both white and yellow. Asked on French television about his surgery, Contador took off his yellow cap and showed a large scar running down the side of his head.

"It really marked me for life," Contador said, "but allowed me to better savor this moment.  "This year, I hoped to win the white jersey. I did not know that with the white jersey, the yellow one would come, too."  From its start in London on July 7, when millions of spectators turned out, fans' signs like "No to Doping" increasingly lined the course.  Even for an event whose winners since 1996 have either battled doping claims or admitted to them, this Tour's fallout from doping was instantaneous -- often overshadowing the racing itself.   "Suspicion is everywhere," Tour president Christian Prudhomme said Sunday on France-2 television. "We could have doubts about everyone."  Organizers hoped this would be the year of rebirth after 2006 winner Floyd Landis' positive doping test. In the end, they may have settled for simply keeping the race going amid unending doping scandals.

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