Bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers as Le Tour races the 187km fifth stage from Epernay to Montargis this afternoon.
British sprint hope Mark Cavendish was disappointed to be overtaken on his approach to the finish line in Reims yesterday.
Former six time green jersey winner and Cavendish’s HTC-Columbia mentor, Erik Zabel said afterwards: “The team did a perfect job today. The only thing we missed today was Cav’s sprint legs from last year.”
Cavendish is yet to impress in Le Tour and is frustrated not have won a stage up to this point. His betting odds to win Le Tour’s Points Classification have drifted and he is now available at 25/1 with Stan James.
Having won six stages in 2009 Le Tour, Cavendish is determined to get back to winning ways today.
When interviewed last night, he said: "I’m disappointed about today, "I feel sorry for my team-mates who rode unbelievably and I just didn’t finish it off at the end. "We’re really motivated as a team and I’m going to go out there tomorrow and give it 100 per cent again."
Betfred are offering odds of 5/2 for Cavendish to win today’s fifth stage, they also offer 5/2 for yesterday’s stage winner Alessandro Petacchi.
Thor Hushovd leads the standings for the Points Classification and is odds on favourite, 4/7 William Hill to be sprint champion.
He finished ahead of Cavendish yesterday in ninth place and is 9/1 with Boylesports to win today’s stage.