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4-1 Valverde still leads Tour

Jul 6, 2008 7:41 PM

by Mark Mayer | Norway’s Thor Hushovd, part of the 4-1 field odds at Caesars Palace, captured the second stage of the Tour de France bicycle race Sunday in France. The victory, however, was not by enough seconds to take the first place yellow shirt away from Spain’s Alejandro Valverde. Caesars lists Valverde as the second choice at 4-1 behind pre-event favorite Cadel Evans.

Hushovd finished the second stage is three hours, 45 minutes and 13 seconds. Kim Kirchen of Luxenbourg was second, followed by Germany’s Gerald Clolek. South Africa’s Robert Hunter and Germany’s Erik Zabel completed the top five. None of the top five in this stage made the individual odds board at Caesars.

Hushovd is 12th overall in the competition, seven seconds behind Valverde who finished 12th in the second stage. The Tour de France lasts 23 days covering 21 stages over 2,174 miles through the French cities, countryside and mountains. The Tour concludes through the streets of Paris on July 27. American Lance Armstrong, now retired, holds the Tour record with seven victories.

Here are the Caesars Palace individual odds for winning the Tour de France:

Cadel Evans 9-5

Alejandro Valverde 4-1

Denis Menchov 5-1

Andy Schleck 6-1

Carlos Sastre 7-1

Damiano Cunego 10-1

Stijn Devolder 15-1

Michael Rogers 20-1

Roman Kreuziger 20-1

Haimar Zubeldia 25-1

Mauricio Soler 25-1

Yaroslav Popovych 25-1

Robert Gesink 30-1

Franck Schleck 30-1

Oscar Pereiro 40-1

Samuel Sanchez 50-1

Tomas Dekker 60-1

Tom Danielson 100-1

George Hincapie 100-1

Field (all others) 4-1