Cycling is a sport that has grown immensely in popularity in recent years. Aside from the Olympics, the Tour de France is the most popular cycling event from a betting point-of-view, with the bookmakers offering customers the chance to bet on the outright market as well as each individual stage of the event.
In addition to the general classification, there is usually the chance to bet on points classification, King of the Mountains and the best Young Rider in most events.
The fact that many stages last several hours means there is also the chance to bet In-Play on the stage which can often be a fascinating experience as customers watch the contenders battling it out before deciding which cyclist they are going to back.
Cadel Evans is often Australia's leading hope in the big cycling events like the Tour de France, which he won in 2011 for the first time
There are often big shocks when it comes to the outcome of cycling races, with Alexandre Vinokourov obliging at odds of $67.00 to win the gold medal in the men’s road race at the 2012 Olympic Games being one recent example. Rigoberto Uran nearly caused an even bigger upset as he claimed the silver medal in the same race, with the Colombian having been $151 to win the race before it started and an even bigger price In-Play.
There is also the chance to bet on the Giro d’Italia which is another prestigious multiple-stage cycling race that is held in Italy each year and the second biggest on the calendar behind the Tour de France.