Alberto Contador of Spain, three time winner of Tour de France, and the first Spaniard, to win all three Grand Tours of road cycling, is the lead favorite to win the 2011 Tour de France, that begins June 2. Betting odds appeared at online sportsbook Bodog.eu this past week and it’s no surprise that Contador is favorite getting 8/13 odds. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, last years Tour de France runner up, is listed as a near favorite with second best odds of 2/1.
Love him or hate him, Contador is the best tour racer out there, since Lance Armstrong, and might even push Armstrong for the greatest ever. However, always swirling around Contador are allegations of doping, accusations that the Spaniard has been able to repress.
Followers of Tour racing have been following the continuing saga of the case made against Contador after he tested positive for using the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol early in the 2010 Tour de France.
Contador was favorite to win the 2011 Spanish National Road Championships that ended Sunday (June 26) but fell behind finishing runner-up to fellow Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas.
In the Spanish championships, Rojas beat Contador in the final sprint at Castellón after breaking away with the triple Tour de France Winner on the final ascent to the Alto del Desierto de Las Palmas, where Rojas confirmed the tremendous performances made during the recent tour of Switzerland by sticking to the wheel of Contador after his strong attack, dynamiting the championship as Movistar Team dominated throughout the race.