The Tour De France is a bicycle race that occurs every year throughout France and surrounding countries. The race is over 2,000 miles and broken into 21 days, which they call stages. Individual times for each stage are totaled to determine the overall winner. The racer that is in the lead will wear a yellow jersey during the race. The course for the Tour De France changes every year, but it has always finished in Paris. The race typically alternates between clockwise and counter clockwise circuits. The Tour De France runs from July 4th through July 26th.
History of Tour De France
The first Tour De France was held in 1903. The original Tour De France was meant to run for just six days, but later moved to 19 days. The origin dates back to Dreyfus Affair, who was a famous French man. It was started as a way to sell more newspapers during the time. The winner of the Tour De France has always received monetary reward.
When the race started, 20,000 Francs was given, and in the most recent race; 2009; $450,000 was awarded fir the title winner. Only one rider has won the Tour De France seven times in the history. American Lance Armstrong won the event from 1999-2005, which ranged for seven straight years. Next are four riders that have won the Tour De France give times, including Jacques Anquetil in 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964. Eddy Merckx in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1974. Bernard Hinault won the event in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985. Also, Miguel Indurain won the Tour De France in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995.
The youngest rider to ever win the Tour De France was Henri Cornet who was 19 years old when he won it in 1904. The oldest winner is Firmin Lambot who was 36 years old when he won it in 1922. Riders from France have more events then any other country. The French riders have won the Tour De France 36 times, followed by Belgium (18), Spain (12), United States (10), and Italy (9). Six other countries have won a Tour De France event. There has been four deaths during the Tour De France, with the latest coming in 1995 when Fabio Casartelli crashed while riding 55 miles per hour. The first death came in 1910 when Adolphe Heliere drowned during a resting day.
How To Bet on Tour De France
Odds are available at most sportsbooks on the Internet. For fans of cycling, the Tour De France is the Super Bowl of their sport. Each stage has odds on the happenings. Future bets can be made before the event on which people feel will win the overall event. These odds obviously change as the event begins, but once you have made your future bet on who you feel will win the Tour De France, those odds remain the same.
Betting on cycling and the Tour De France is a little different than your normal sports betting. There is no spread or over / under. You are really just betting on which cyclers are going to win each stage and the entire race. Picking an underdog to win one of these races can have huge payouts. Read more about cycling betting in general at our designated cycling betting section.
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