Australia’s Richie Porte has moved into second overall at the Tour De France and also into clear second favouritism with online bookie Sportingbet.com.au after a dramatic tenth stage that saw former race favourite Alberto Contador abandon the Grand Tour due to injury.
Starting the Tour as a $67 outsider, punters have slashed Porte’s odds into just $7 at Sportingbet as the 29-year-old Tasmanian emerges as a genuine threat to general classification ambitions of race leader and $1.17 favourite Vincenzo Nibali.
“Porte is more than two minutes behind Nibali but the Aussie is hopeful he can take time off the Italian when the race swings into Alps later in the week,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“The fact that two race favourites have crashed out over the past ten days also shows that anything is possible.”
2014 Tour De France – General Classification race winner
Vincenzo Nibali $1.17
Richie Porte $7
Alejandro Valverde $21
Tejay Van Garderen $41
Thibaut Pinot $41