The 2009 Dauphine Libere provides one of the final warm-up races prior to the Tour de France. Three very mountainous stages will see the top contenders for the Tour come to the fore. Stage 5 takes the riders up to the summit of the mighty Mont Ventoux but the days to follow pose arguably more difficult times ahead. Stage 6 includes the 30km+ tortuos climb of the spectacular Col d’Izoard while Stage 7 is brutal starting the day over the Col du Galibier, followed by the Col de la Croix de Fer and finally climbing two-thirds of the way up the Col de la Madeleine.
The bookmakers naturally have Contador as the race favourite with Valverde his closest rival. Cadel Evans will make a good showing and be there at the top of the big climbs but it’s likely he won’t want to extend himself so close to the Tour, a case of fine tuning. The question is whether Contador can temper his enthusiasm for winning or will he blow up a la Paris-Nice earlier in the year.
We await further odds before making a call.
Velotips – the best odds on two wheels…
2009 Dauphine Libere – General Classification Betting Odds
Contador at 2.62 (13/8)with PaddyPower
Valverde at 4.30 (10/3) with Boylesports
Evans at 8.00 (7/1) with Boylesports
Gesink at 11.00 (10/1) with Boylesports
Zubeldia at 17.00 (16/1) with PaddyPower
Martin at 17.00 (16/1) with PaddyPower
Anton at 21.00 (20/1) with PaddyPower
Astarloza at 26.00 (25/1) with Boylesports
Cobo at 26.00 (25/1) with Boylesports
Nibali at 26.00 (25/1) with Boylesports
Siutsou at 26.00 (25/1) with PaddyPower
Dekker at 29.00 (28/1) with PaddyPower
Landaluze at 34.00 (33/1) with PaddyPower
Dessel at 34.00 (33/1) with PaddyPower
Devolder at 34.00 (33/1) with PaddyPower
Gerdemann at 41.00 (401/) with Boylesports
Pereiro at 41.00 (40/1) with PaddyPower