Stage 15 of Le Tour de France continues in the Pyrenees with 187.5km route from Pamiers to Bagneres-de-luchon and bookmakers are offering free bets on the tour stages and classifications.
Yellow jersey outsiders Denis Menchov and Samuel Sanchez took 14 seconds out of Andy Scleck’s lead when finishing second and third behind stage 14 winner, Christophe Riblon yesterday.
Riblon earned his first Tour victory with a sensational solo attack on the Port de Pailheres, holding his lead on the long descent and final climb to Ax 3 Domaines.
Race leader Schleck finished in fourth on the same time as favourite Alberto Contador back in seventh place.
It’s the second day in the Pyrenees and today’s stage features a long, steep descent from Port de Bales to the finish with some very delicate bends for the riders to negotiate.
Sanchez is a renowned downhill rider well suited to this stage and bookmakers make him favourite for the stage victory.
Hopes of clawing back 2’ 31” from Schleck to win the Tour may seem remote (odds of 50/1 with Sporting Bet) but today’s descent is dangerous and provides Sanchez with an opportunity he will need to grasp.
Expecting the race leaders Schleck and Contador to avoid taking risks on the descent, bookies are looking elsewhere for the stage winner.
Luis Leon Sanchez and Joaquin Rodriguez could both figure in this stage and even Lance Armstrong who will surekly make an attack one of the upcoming Pyrenee stages to say goodbye to Le Tour in style.
888 Sport who offer new customers a refund should their first bet lose, are offering odds of 13/2 for Samuel Sanchez to win today’s stage.