Grand Tour Cycling: pedalling incredible drama for over a century
Professional Cycling is mostly associated with multi-stage road race cycling, with its most notable competition being the Tour de France. It normally requires teams of cyclists working together through the various stages, although, in the end, individual accolades are the most notable award. Whilst the overall winner (General Classification) is the most celebrated achievement, specialist disciplines, such as Sprints and Mountain Classifications, are just as fiercely contested. The Tour de France is the most prestigious of the three Grand Tours, the others being the Giro D'Italia and Vuelta a Espana. It is comprised of 21 multi-discipline stages over 23 days in July. It is mainly held in France, but, on occasion, some stages can be take place in other countries. Tour de France Betting 2016 is available online now, including a range of different markets for the various stages and disciplines.
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Professional cycling is notoriously tough. The cyclists have gruelling training regimes to help them prepare for the Tours. For example, the Tour de France cyclists usually cover around 3,500 km in distance – that's more than the driving distance between Melbourne and Perth. The sport is steeped in tradition and etiquette, for example competitors will usually slow down to let others catch up after a minor crash. But it is also ferociously contested, and the will to win is evident in the effort the cyclists put in to the races. Recent winners include Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. Cadel Evans became the first and only Australian winner of a Grand Tour when he won the Tour de France in 2011. Multiple Tour de France winners include five time champion Bernard Hinault (France) and three time winner Alberto Contador. Lance Armstrong did hold the record with seven wins, but was stripped of these amidst a doping scandal.
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How will the Grand Tours play out in 2016? Can Chris Froome extend a Golden Age in British cycling with another Tour de France win? Will Contador spoil the party? Both men will feature heavily in cycling betting 2016. Before the Tour de France, fans will be treated to the Giro D'Italia, held throughout the month of May. You can bet on the Giro D'Italia online now, with markets offered for the different stages, disciplines and the overall winner.