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Bradley Wiggins

The spreading ripples of the Lance Armstrong case haven’t yet reached the proportions of the tsunami which rolled up against Hawaii last week but they continue to claim casualties in the world of pro cycling.

Dave Brailsford, team principal of Team Sky, claims he was stunned by the revelations contained in the Armstrong case and believes cycling had ‘lost its moral compass.’ The doping enquiry has had plenty of fallout with regard to Team Sky after former rider Michael Barry revealed he lied about his involvement in the scandal.

Barry, who rode for Sky from 2010 through to 2012, has admitted he took performance-enhancing drugs up to 2006.  He had already announced his retirement at the end of this season but has still been given a six-month suspension. Brailsford has admitted to being disappointed in Barry, who he said lied to him. Team Sky has a strict zero tolerance policy regarding drugs but they insist that isn’t the reason that Sean Yates has decided to quit his role as lead sporting director of the team that dominated last year’s Tour De France.

Yates is a former teammate of Lance Armstrong but has vehemently denied any personal wrongdoing. However, the media has found him guilty by association and his position has become untenable since the extent of Armstrong’s corruption became common knowledge. It’s believed fellow Team Sky sports director Steven De Jongh may also be leaving and the team have some serious decisions to make in the next few weeks on several matters. Not least, whether Bradley Wiggins will be their number one rider in the Tour De France next year. Interviews with Wiggins lately suggest he’d rather act as a support rider to Chris Froome with more mountain stages in next year’s Tour and concentrate instead on the Tour d’Italia. Sportingbet seem to think the decision has already been made and have Wiggins at 14/1 to win the 2013 Tour De France with Froome a best 7/2 with Betfred behind 6/5 favourite (Skybet and William Hill) Alberto Contador.

There’s also a decision to be made about who will replace Mark Cavendish at Team Sky following his defection to Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Cavendish feels he wasn’t given a chance this year with his team focusing all their energies on Wiggins and Froome and he’s only Evens with William Hill to win the green jersey again in 2013 with his new team.

29th October 2012 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Mark Cavendish

While Victoria Pendleton leads the women’s charge at in London 2012 Olympic Cycling betting, Britain;s men also have some big guns in the men’s events. Mountain Biking, Track and Road events make up the full gamut of cycling discplines at London 2012, and after such a succesful Bejing 2008, where seven gold medals were collected, and after strong shows at the World Championships earlier in the year, Cycling could be one of the events where Great Britain can really dominate on their home soil. So who are the big names to look out for in the men’s races for in the London 2012 Olympic Cycling betting options with online bookmaker SkyBet?

We can start with a look at Mark Cavendish in the Road Race. The Brit is overwhelming favourite to take the title, trading at 23/10, while his nearest competitors are back out at 8/1 and beyond. Cavendish is competing a the Tour de France at the moment, where he recently just won the second stage. Cavendish was disappointed at Beijing 2008, being the only cyclist on the British track team not to win a medal. So there is another golden opportunity for Team GB in Olympic Cycling betting here. Britain’s big hope in the Road Time Trial is Bradley Wiggins who is 3/1 third favourite with online bookmaker SkyBet in the event. Wiggins looks as if he will be in a three-way jostling for podium positions with Fabian Cacellara and Tony Martin.

Sir Chris Hoy will also be gunning for gold in British Olympic Cycling and he is trading at 4/5 favourite in the Men’s Keirin Olympic betting as we turn our attention to the track. Hoy won three gold medals at Beijing 2008, in the Kierin and the team and individual sprints. Team mate Jason Kenny also goes in the event as well and is back at 8/1. Ed Clancy looks a solid bet at a price of 9/2 in the Omnium as well, and Great Britian have a great chance to get heavily involved in the medals again. In the team events, Britain are also in with a good shout of some further medals, but their best chance of gold will come in the Team Pursuit, where they are joint favourites with Australia at a price of Evens. In the Sprint challenge, Britain are languishing back at 5/1 behind Germany and France.

So all in all, there could be another great medal haul for Britain in Olympic Cycling betting. So it will be worth looking at the Medals Total for Cycling Over 3.5 Gold Medals on the Track for Britain is trading at Evens with online bookmaker SkyBet, while under is at a price of 8/11. Total Track Medals at over 6.5 is trading at a price of 4/6, while under that tally is going for 11/10. After such a strong showing at the World Championships in April, Britain should be in line to really dominate proceedings on the track and the road.

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3rd July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2016

Olympics 2016

I’ve got to be honest and admit that I’m still carrying a little extra conditioning acquired over the winter. I have intentions to rectify matters in the weeks ahead having fitted my old mountain bike with a new saddle and adjusting the gears so I should now be able to pedal up the hill close to our home rather than get off and push, as was the case last summer. Of course, my inability to negotiate any significant gradient may be something to do with the fact that I’m totally unfit and it was with some envy that I was watching cycling’s World Track Championships last week.

With the Olympics being staged in London and this year and Team GB having a proud record in the cycling in recent Games, there is more pressure than normal on the country’s top cyclists to perform. But, based on what transpired in Melbourne and the form of Mark Cavendish on the road this year, we’re going to be hearing the strains of the UK national anthem on a regular basis at the velodrome in the Olympic Park.

Cavendish is 5/2 favourite with Skybet to win the Olympic Road Race and Sir Chris Hoy‘s dream of successful defending his three Olympic titles is still on track. The veteran Scot won the Keirin in Melbourne and is Evens to win the same event in London, though Skybet prefer France‘s Gregory Bauge in the betting for the men’s track sprint at 8/11. Bauge recently served a 12-month ban for missing dope tests but bounced back in fine style to beat Britain‘s Jason Kenny in the final in the world championship final in Australia, Kenny having earlier knocked out Hoy in the semi-finals.

Team GB will also be looking for gold from Victoria Pendleton, who won a sixth World Championship title in the women’s sprint in Melbourne, despite crashing in the first race of her semi-final against arch-rival Anna Meares. Skybet think the Australian may have her revenge in the Olympics, however, and have her as 13/8 favourite for the Keirin and 5/4 market leader for the track sprint with Pendleton 10/3 and 13/8 respectively in the two events. Great Britain’s women’s team is 4/9 to win the track pursuit, however.

13th April 2012 / paul - Category: Olympics 2016

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins is now no bigger than 9/2 with bodog and William Hill to win the Tour de France after completing a victory  in the Paris-Nice last Sunday. Wiggins had led the race throughout and was fastest in the final 9.6km time trial, though he still had just eight seconds to spare over his nearest rival, Dutch rider Lieuwe Westra.

Team Sky have made a terrific start to the year and have high hopes that their man can come out on top on ‘Le Tour’ this year, though a couple of team-mates have now left the squad to step up prepaparations for the Olympics. Wiggins was fourth in the 2009 Tour de France, the joint highest place ever achieved by a Briton, and was flying before last year’s race but crashed out in the first week following a collision. The 31-year-old, who was actually born in Belgium, was a dual gold medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but a win in the Tour de France would be the zenith of his professional career and many shrewd judges believe he’ll never have a better chance to achieve his goal.

He is as short as 11/4 with sportingbet and BetVictor following his win in the Paris-Nice but defending champion Cadel Evans remains the general 2/1 favourite, despite swerving the traditional race warm-up in France to take in the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy. Andy Schleck is next best at 13/2 with BetVictor even though he was forced to withdraw from the Paris-Nice suffering from a bout of gastroenteritis. The Luxembourg rider and his Radio Shack team will now have their final preparation for the Tour de France in the Volta a Catalunya, where the weather should be a little warmer. Having already finished runner-up three times in France, surely nobody deserves a first success in the cycling’s most prestigious event more than Schleck but he’ll need to prove his fitness in Spain being a little way behind the eight ball at this stage of the season. Wiggins compatriot Mark Cavendish is regarded as a certaintly to lead the overall points classification in the Tour de France and you can back anyone else in the field to beat him at Evens with bet365 and BetVictor.

15th March 2012 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Well, Luke Donald has really been on the periphery of the market betting for some time, but his capture last week of the European Money List title, which made him the first man ever to hold both the European and US PGA Money List titles at the same time, has raised a bit of interest in his Sports Personality of the Year betting. Luke Donald, pretty much from out nowhere has drifted into 14/1 with Victor Chandler for the end of year awards. Will he spring a surprise and take the honours? Well, we don’t think so and are not going to recommend him as a big top. Is he likely to get in the top three though? Well, that is more of a reasonable shout because he sure does deserve some recognition for his incredible season which has seen him win five times. So why won’t Luke Donald win Sports Personality of the Year? Because he hasn’t won a Golf Major.  If he had landed one this season, then he would be the fixed firm favourite without a shadow of a doubt. Do you give the honour to a man who hasn’t won a Major over a man who has this year?

That is the question, and therefore, it is why Rory McIlroy, who lifted the US Open Major this year is in front of him in the betting market. But even shorter than McIlroy in the Sports Personality of the Year betting market is another golfer Darren Clarke, who won the British Open. There really isn’t a lot of logic for Clarke being shorter than McIlroy, it is only because he has had a long career which he finally capped this year with a Major. So he is unlikely to win another, so that is why he will be lauded upon this year. Somewhat unfairly we think, because McIlroy, along with winning the US Open has performed so much better over the season than Clarke, who has barely registered anything apart from that Open triumph. But still heading the field is Cyclist Mark Cavendish, who is everyone’s hot tip to take the honours after his brilliant year and success in the Tour de France. Cavendish, who has honours galore already, looks most likely to cap the year off with the Sports Personality of the Year award.

Sports Personality of the Year Award Outright Winner Betting Odds
Mark Cavendish: 4/9 at Boylesports
Darren Clarke: 11/2 at SportingBet
Mo Farah: 8/1 at SkyBet
Rory McIlroy: 12/1 at Boylesports
Luke Donald: 22/1 at SportingBet

Sports Personality of the Year Award Top 3 Betting Odds
Mark Cavendish: 1/20 at William Hill
Darren Clarke: 4/7 at SkyBet
Mo Farah: 4/6 at BetFred
Rory McIlroy: 13/8 at Boylesports
Luke Donald: 13/5 at SkyBet

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16th December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Britain’s cyclist Mark Cavendish has been attracting some interest in the 2011 Sports Personality of the Year betting, after winning the Green Jersey for the first time this year at the Tour de France. The coveted jersey goes to the best sprinter in the event, edged himself over the finish line at the Champs-Elysees in the event’s final stage, to win his 20th Tour de France stage of his career. Cavendish, 26, has been gunning so hard for the Green Jersey, and he is one of the world’s specialist and most devastating sprinters in the sport. So now has this latest accolade of his, done enough to put in the frame to make Mark Cavendish 2011 Sports Personality of the Year betting a worthy punt? Well it certainly makes him a good outside one. Truthfully the list of candidates is not too strong this year. Cavendish is now trading at 20/1 with Boylesports to win the honours at the end of the year, but it is two golfers from Northern Ireland who are duelling it out at the top of the 2011 Sports Personality of the Year betting. Darren Clarke, following his heroics at the Open Championship, has been installed as new favourite, and can be taken around Evens at BetFair. His fellow countryman Rory McIlroy is second favourite, just behind at 2/1 with BetFred after the youngster won his first Major at the US Open. So why the disparity? Well, it is likely to come down to an age thing. Clarke has reached 40 years of age and to many, has won a Major in the twilight of his career, and is unlikely to get back there again. So it could be a sympathy vote for him, as for McIlroy, he has all the time in the world to show his worth by winning more golf Majors. However, it could be argued that he is more deserving of the Sports Personality of the Year award, after performing so well at The Masters as well. There is still the chance he could get another strong performance in the final Major, the USPGA Championships later this month, so he is good value. Athlete Jessica Ennis, who has shown again recently that she is a genuine world class act with a medals haul at trials, is also in the hunt, but she is unlikely to make an impact until she lands that Olympic gold, hopefully next year. The only other major name on the horizon is that of Andy Murray. The US Open is coming up at the end of August, and should he win that, it would be hard to see him not picking up the Sports Personality of the Year award. It would be a now or perhaps never again chance to reward his efforts.

2011 Sports Personality of the Year Betting

Darren Clarke: Evens at BetFair
Rory McIlroy: 2/1 at BetFred
Jessica Ennis: 14/1 at William Hill
Mark Cavendish: 20/1 at Boylesports
Andy Murray: 25/1 at BetFred

1st August 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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