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2011 Milan-San Remo Finale
So, the first monument of the season is here and what a great race it’s shaping up to be.  On the one hand we can anticipate a great sprinters shoot-out between Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Tom Boonen and Andre Griepel, and on the other we might just see an in-form Fabian Cancellera motor away in the last couple of kilometres after the drop off the Poggio.

Where to place your money?  It’s very hard to see past Cavendish if he can stick with the group over the final climbs, he’s shown he’s in good form at Tirenno-Adriatico.  If Cav gets dropped then it might just be one of Boonen, Freire or Goss who stand more of a chance of sticking it out if the speed goes up on the final climbs.

Cancellara can never be ruled out and he was impressive at Strade Bianche just a few weeks ago, we hope the old Fabian is back after a disappointing Classics season last year.  For a very left-field bet why not try Vincenzo Nibali, he’s spoken of his desire to win this race, he climbs well, descends well and could spring a surprise.  Worth an each-way bet surely?

Velotips bets on Tom Boonen to win at 19.00 (18/1) with PaddyPower

Velotips bets on Vincenzo Nibali each-way at 67.00 (66/1) with BetVictor

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2012 Milan-San Remo Betting Odds

Cavendish at 4.50 (7/2) with Sportingbet

Sagan at 8.00 (7/1) with Stan James

Cancellara at 9.00 (8/1) with BetVictor

Boassen Hagen at 15.00 (14/1) with Bet365

Freire at 15.00 (14/1) with Boylesports

Boonen at 17.00 (18/1) with Ladbrokes

Gilbert at 21.00 (20/1) with Bet365

Greipel at 23.00 (22/1) with Boylesports

Goss at 26.00 (25/1) with Sportingbet

Haussler at 26.00 (25/1) with BetVictor

Bennati 36.00 (35/1) with PaddyPower

Farrar at 51.00 (50/1) with Boylesports

Petacchi at 67.00 (66/1) with BetVictor

Nibali at 67.00 (66/1) with Boylesports

Stage 2 is a very short Team Time Trial which is likely to see a change in the wearer of the yellow jersey. With Garmin-Cervelo favourites for the stage win Thor Hushovd will be the man in yellow if they can better any other team by six seconds. HTC Highroad are well backed with Leopard-Trek also seen as a danger.

We don’t see past Garmin-Cervelo in this stage so we look to an Each Way bet for better value so we advise you to take an Each-Way bet with Bet365.

2011 Tour de France Stage 2 Betting Odds

Garmin-Cervelo at 3.50 (5/2) with Skybet

HTC Highroad at 4.50 (7/2) with Sportingbet

Radioshack at 5.00 (4/1) with Skybet

Leopard-Trek at 9.50 (17/2) with Bet365

Sky at 13.00 (12/1) with bwin

Rabobank at 51.00 (50/1) with Blue Square

Saxo Bank at 126.00 (125/1) with PaddyPower

BMC at 151.00 (150/1) with Skybet

Omega Pharma Lotto at 151.00 (150/1) with Bet365

Liquigas at 201.00 (200/1) with Bet365

Tour de France Stage 1 Betting Odds

Here we go, the first stage of the 2011 Tour de France takes us 191km from Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes and finishes with a nice little hill which might just throw up a surprise winner. The last 4km are made for a Classics specialist like Gilbert or Hushovd and the bookmakers see these two riders filling the top spots.

Matt Goss is likely to feature for HTC-Highroad if, as the bookies expect, Cavendish falls away on the ramp to the finish. If you;re looking for value then take a look at Vinokourov and Cunego who will challenge in the finale if he has carried his form over from the Tour de Suisse, certainly worth an E/W bet.

Velotips goes for Hushovd WIN at 6.50 with Blue Square and Cunego Each-Way* at 41.00 (40/1) with Bet365

*Each-Way 1/4 odds for positions 1/2/3

2011 Tour de France Stage 1 Bettings Odds

Gilbert a 2.50 (6/4) with Skybet

Hushovd at 6.50 (11/2) with Blue Square

Goss at 19.00 (18/1) with Blue Square

Rojas at 23.00 (22/1) with Skybet

Petacchi at 26.00 (25/1) with Sportingbet

Boassen Hagen at 26.00 (25/1) with Sportingbet

Voeckler at 26.00 (25/1) with Sportingbet

Vinokourov at 34.00 (33/1) with Bet365

Ventoso at 34.00 (33/1) with Bet365

Cunego at 41.00 (40/1) with Bet365

Cavendish at 41.00 (40/1) with Bet365

Greipel at 51.00 (50/1) with Bet365

Swift at 51.00 (50/1) with Bet365

Bozic at 51.00 (50/1) with Bet365

Cancellara 51.00 (50/1) with Blue Square

Ciolek at 51.00 (50/1) with Bet365

Boonen at 51.0 (50/1) with Bet365

Farrar at (51.0) (50/1) with Bet365

Kolobnev at 81.00 (80/1) with Bet365

Gerrans at 81.00 (80/1) with Bet365


Full betting odds for the 2011 Tour de France General Classification can be found on our dedicated GC page. It’s looking certain that the defending champion Alberto Contador will return to defend his title and the shootout will once again be between Contador and Andy Schleck. Here we provide a very brief preview of each rider, read, assess and then head to our latest Tour de France GC betting odds page to place your bet.

2011 Tour de France General Classification Contenders

Alberto Contador – the bookmakers have Contador as the odds-on favourite and there is certainly little value in backing the rider with a small stake. Barring an accident it is likely that Contador will ride away with another Grand Tour so if you do like to back a banker then Contador is your man. Any doubts about Contador’s condition come from his participation in the Giro d’Italia which he won with such convincing style in May that at times he was simply toying with the rest of the field.

Andy Schleck – seen as the only rider to challenge Contador. A fairly unspectacular season from Schleck so far and his critics are lining up to emphasise the point that he lacks the killer touch to finish off his rivals. Last year’s ‘Chaingate’ hurt Schleck and it’s unlikely he’ll be quite so unforgiving this year. In his favour Schleck didn’t take part in the Tour of Italy and his time-trialling has improved considerably. If he can forget that he has a brother for three weeks in July he might just get very close to Contador.

Ivan Basso – skipped the Tour of Italy this year but has looked hopelessly out of form in races prior to the Giro and since. An accident while training on Mount Etna caused Basso to miss nearly a week of training but write him off at your peril. Basso can climb with the best but his time-trial skills have somewhat diminished since his return. He knows how to suffer and will be aiming for a podium spot.

Cadel Evans – they guy most people want to see win a Tour de France, if only because he looks like he suffers like the rest of us when riding up hill. Evans has it all, except for that final 5% which would put him up there on the top spot of the podium. If the Tour de France was won on bravery, Evans would be a triple winner of the race. The safest bet to join Contador and Schleck on the podium.

Robert Gesink – a pure climber, lightweight, Dutch and knows how to go uphill quickly. Highly likely to lose a whole bunch of minutes on one of the early high mountain stages and then storm to victory on a big Alpine day to send the Dutch supporters on the roadside into meltdown. Time-trialling is Gesink’s weak spot but we think we’re still 3 or 4 years from seeing him challenge for that top spot.

Samuel Sanchez – another ride who has shown little form this season suggesting he might crack that podium spot in the biggest Tour of them all. The simple fact is that you can’t win a Grand Tour by riding down a very big hill fast. Another good bet for a podium spot but always seems to have a bad day and that bad day generally involves riding a time-trial bike.

Bradley Wiggins – in 2010 Wiggins said his 2009 performance was a fluke and he may just be right. Wiggins can suffer but if the French summer reaches boiling point expect Wiggins to slide gently away from the main group in the high mountains. He’ll recover a heap of time over his rivals in the time-trial but not enough to step onto the podium. Safe bet for a top 10 if it’s not hot and nice bet for top 6.

Frank Schleck – seems lost when he isn’t following his brother’s wheel. Another rider who has been out of form this season but is a safe bet for a top 10 finish providing he doesn’t fall off. Perhaps Frank and Andy would do better individually if they were on different teams. This new team desperately needs a good result from both Schleck’s in the year’s Tour de France

Jurgen Van Den Broeck – at 6 foot 1 inches VDB should simply not be able to climb with the likes of Contador and Evans but, along with Gesink, they consistently put in good performances when the road goes up. VDB would be our outside bet for a podium spot. VDB proved in the recent Tour de Suisse that if there is an opportunity to move up in GC he will take it instead of following wheels.

Janez Brajkovic – a top 20 GC rider at best, flattered himself when winning the Criterium de Dauphine last year and hasn’t really backed up that win with a performance of note since. Likely to play a team role for Radioshack who are more likely to have success with Kloden or Leiphemier.

Andreas Kloden – sometimes you can’t quite believe a rider like this is still going, he seems like he is from another era, we’re often looking for Jan Ullrich to be following his wheel in the Grand Tours. Kloden has spent the past 3 years trying to convince team managers that he is the best GC rider on his team and apart from his spell at Astana when Contador was present, he has every right to believe he should have had more backing. Radioshack’s best hope for a top 10 finish.

Full betting odds for the 2011 Tour de France General Classification can be found on our dedicated GC page.

Wiggins at 3.2 (11/5) with Unibet

T Martin at 4.5 (7/2) with Blue Square

Boom at 9.00 (8/1) with
Blue Square

Boassen Hagen at 11.00 (10/1) with Blue Square

Thomas at 17.00 (16/1) with Blue Square

Zabriskie at 19.00 (18/1) with Blue Square

Westra at 21.00 (20/1) with Blue Square

Malori at 26.00 (25/1) with Blue Square

Brajkovic at 29.0 (28/1) with Bet365

Vinokourov at 34.0) (33/1) with Bet365

Evans at 34.00 (33/1) with Blue Square

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