Tour De France Betting: The Lowdown On The Dark Horses


The joy of the Tour de France is that there are so many different markets to bet on other than the overall classification. Unibet have 207 different markets for this year’s Tour de France. If you dig deep enough there are some really good value bets to be had. Here’s my favourite few:

Rein Taaramae to beat Tom Danielson @ 2.90

Taaramae came 11th in the Tour de France last year while Danielson came 8th. So why do I like this bet? Taaramae is the sole leader of his team at Cofidis while Danielson is not at Garmin-Sharp. His team are going into the race with Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal as their leader and Danielson and Vande Velde as protected riders. For that reason alone it is a value bet.

Number of stage wins by a rider

I had some success with this market during the Giro d’Italia and I am hoping to replicate it now. I have picked out four riders which I think are good value for one stage win i.e backing them over 0.5

Tony Gallopin @5.5 : The young Frenchman has not won a race this year but has been banging on the door all season.  He has come in the top five over six times this year. He is punchy rider with a good sprint who should find plenty of the stages this year to his liking. The only reservation is that his Radioshack-Nissan team may not give him many opportunities to ride for himself. Instead he may have to ride for the team leader Frank Schleck in the overall classification.

Vasil Kiryienka @5.5 : This tough Belarusian rider has won two stages at the Giro d’Italia both through long solo attacks on mountainous stages. He came close to doing this at the Tour de France in 2010 but lost out to Sergio Paulinho in a sprint. This year I think he is primed to write that wrong as he has been climbing well all year and will be given freedom to attack as he is not a team leader for Movistar

Daniel Martin @6.5 : This rider famously had to pull out of the 2010 Tour de France just days before the start after a crash on a training ride. This year he finally makes his debut at the race and the stage is set for him to impress. He has the ability to win any of the mountain stages and his team have said they are going to give him the freedom to go for stages.

Jelle Vanendert @4 : A rider I backed in the Giro d’Italia to win a stage but disappointed me. He was the discovery of the Tour last year with his impressive stage win on stage 14 on Plateau de Beille. This year there are couple of stages that should suit his abilities so worth a look in my eyes.