Bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers on the 196km Stage 13 of Le Tour from Rodez to Revel.
The betting for stage 13 favours the sprinters on this route peppered with short category 3 and 4 climbs.
Thor Hushovd regained the green jersey yesterday with a tactical ride rewarded with 10 points from the intermediate sprints having successfully worked his way into the early breakaway.
Alessandro Pettachi now six points behind in second and Mark Cavendish in fourth have both demonstrated they are faster finishers than Hushovd so the ploy could prove valuable by the time they reach Paris.
Today’s finish features a steep little hill which could blunt the speed of the quicker men and allow Hushovd the chance to grab a stage win.
The fall out from Wednesday’s stage, Cavendish must ride without his lead-out man Mark Renshaw and Tyler Farrar left the Tour due to a broken wrist, has given Hushovd’s chances a further boost.
Bookmaker, Bodog offer odds of 3/1 Cavendish, 8/1 Petacchi and 16/1 Hushovd in their stage 13 betting.
In the overall contest for the yellow jersey, Alberto Contador improved his chances with an explosive final climb on yesterday’s stage 12 to finish second behind Joaquin Rodriguez.
Contador clawed back 10 seconds from Andy Schleck to trail by 31 seconds and demonstrated his threat for the upcoming stages in the Pyrenees.
Schleck, though was unmoved, saying: “Even if I lost the yellow jersey, it’s okay, “If one of them took the lead, I would not really have cared because I am still only aiming to have the yellow jersey in Paris.”
His bold front didn’t convince the bookies, Paddy Power eased out his betting odds to 3/1 for him to win the Tour.