Bookmakers are offering free bets today for new customers as Le Tour takes the tenth stage from Chambery to Gap.
Australia’s Cadel Evans painfully relinquished his Yellow jersey to Andy Schleck at the end of a gruelling 9th Stage of Le Tour yesterday.
Hip and thigh injuries suffered two days earlier took their toll on Evans as he struggled unsuccessfully to stay in touch with Schleck and race favourite Alberto Contador.
When Schleck and Contador broke from the Pelaton on the 25km climb up Col de La Madelaine, the brave Aussie couldn’t respond slipping further and further back to eventually finish in tears, over 8 minutes behind stage winner, Frenchman Sandy Casar.
Too far from the pace, Evans becomes the latest name to drop out of contention in the general classification which looks a straight contest between Schleck and Contador.
The two Tour leaders played cat and mouse in a fascinating duel over the last 30km coming surprisingly close to stealing the stage as Casar’s breakaway group idled before the last sprint to the line.
Crossing the line in the same time, Schleck maintained his 41 second lead over Contador and showed the Spanish maestro that he won’t give ground easily.
Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez kept himself in with a chance of a podium finish with his magnificent solitary effort to finish 52 seconds behind the stage winner to go third in the overall standings.
Paddy Power are offering odds of 2/1 for Sanchez to finish in the top three, but he must hold off the challenge of Denis Menchov who has similar aspirations.