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Vuelta - Other Betting Markets 

Number of Stage Wins? Top 10 Finish?

nairoThere are not as many specialist markets as were available at the Tour but all the same there are a few that are worth considering. Bet365 and Paddy Power as usual are the best with offering a wider selection of markets, so let's take a look to see if any of them jump out at us as bets. I'll be updating this with bets as I see them so make sure to come back from time to time. 

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Vuelta a España Jerseys betting

Who'll take home the Points, KOM and Young Riders jerseys?

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I'll start this off by saying that there is actually a strong possibility that Nairo Quintana could walk away from this race with all the jerseys - the winners Red Jersey, the green Jersey of the Points leader, the blue jersey of the mountains leader and the white jersey of the young riders Jersey! And if he manages that, he'll have the Combined Jersey as well of course!

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Vuelta Outsiders 

The Outsiders that could shine in Spain!

vuelta13-podiumNot only do we have a tremendous lineup at the very top of the betting with Froome, Quintana and Contador ready to do battle, but there are a whole host of others just below them who are ready to try to take their chance at glory. From former Tour winners to up and coming stars, one of them could seize their moment with so many doubts about some of the top favourites.  

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Vuelta Favourites & Contenders 

Battle Royale in the mountains of Spain!

quintafroomecontadorWhat a treat we have in store at the Vuelta this year. We get to see the showdowns that never happened this year at the Tour - Quintana Vs Froome and Contador or even just Froome Vs Contador! With only Vincenzo Nibali missing from the line-up, we are seeing, on paper at least, some of the world's best grand Tour riders go head to head for victory at the Vuelta.  

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Vuelta a España 2014 Overview

23rd August to 14th September, 3,185km

vuelta logo 2014Who could have forecast at the start of this year that we would have Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Chris Froome lining up at the start line of this year's Vuelta. The cruel hand of fate may have denied us the Tour de France that we were looking forward to, but the Tour's loss is the Vuelta's gain!

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Vuelta a España Stage1

Jerez de la Frontera to Jerez de la Frontera 
Saturday August 23rd, 12.6kms 

jerez picThe opening stage of the 2014 Vuelta a España takes place on Saturday afternoon with a Team Time Trial over 12.6kms in the town of Jerez de la Frontera. It's shouldn't create too big a time gap between all of the main contenders, but we will get our first red jersey wearer of the race, the question is, who will it be?

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Eneco Tour

11th to 17th August, 1067.4kms

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The Eneco Tour kicks off in Terneuzen in the Netherlands on Monday and it will be an exciting week of racing across Holland and Belgium with some fantastic classic-like stages and a TT thrown in early enough in the race to ensure the last few days are super-competitive. 

There's a quality line-up this year, with defending champion Stybar back to try to fend off the likes of Dumoulin, Cancellara, Boom, Gilbert, Van Avermaet and Thomas. 

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Tour of Poland

3rd to the 9th August

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Hot on the heels of an excellent Tour de France we have the Tour de Pologne, a handy filler for riders preparing for the Vuelta or looking for somewhere to carry good form from the Tour. A mixed course makes it a very open race with local hero Rafal Majka hoping to continue his run of form following his memorable TDF where he took two stages and the KOM jersey.  

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Clasica San Sebastian

San Sebastian, Spain
Saturday 2nd August, 219.2kms

gallopin-san-sebastianThe Clasica, or to give it its local name the Donostia-Donostia Klasikoa takes place tomorrow for the 34th time. As classics go it's a pretty new one but has built a reputation as a tough race, favoured by climbers and puncheurs. It contains a mix of riders who are tired after a hard TDF, riders in form from the TDF and fresh riders who didn't do the TDF!

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Tour de France St. 21

Évry to Paris-Champs Élysées
Sunday July 27th, 137.5kms 

kittel-wins-tour-stage3The final procession, the final sprint, the final chance of glory for the sprinters. For some, today's TT was brutally hard as they were racing for placings on the stage and in the GC. For others though, they had a nice easy day, rolling in at their leisure with tomorrow's stage in mind!

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TDF Stage 20

Bergerac to Périgueux
Saturday July 26th, 54kms ITT

tdf-stage20-profileThe second and third steps on the podium are still up for grabs and it should be a fascinating conclusion to the Tour for fans of Pinot, Peraud and Valverde. A 54km, lumpy individual Time Trial awaits them on this stage and there's going to be some tremendous battles out there on the road to Périgieux.

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TDF Stage 19

Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour to Bergerac
Friday July 25th, 208.5kms 

tdf-stage19-profileAfter some massive days in the mountains and some memorable performances from Tinkoff-Saxo and Nibali, the peloton finally gets some respite as the riders face a relatively easy day heading north out of Maubourguet Pays de pal d'Adour up to Bergerac.

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TDF Stage 18

Pau to Hautacam
Thursday July 24th, 145.5kms 

tdf-stage18-profilePau and Hautacam. Two names synonymous with the Tour de France.  Pau being a frequently visited town when the race is in this corner of France, and Hautacam as one of the iconic climbs of the Tour's history. Throw in the Tourmalet along the way and you have the makings of an epic stage.

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Jack's Stage 17 Preview

Jack's Preview!
Wednesday July 23rd, 124.5kms 

tdf-stage17-profileI was out on Tuesday night at a work event and my 10 year old called me on the phone. I jokingly asked him to do my preview for me as I was going to be home late. When I got home around 10.30pm, there was a word doc open on my laptop. Here is what he wrote... Enjoy!

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TDF Stage 17

Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet
Wednesday July 23rd, 124.5kms 

tdf-stage17-profileSo after the longest stage of the race we get the shortest stage of the race at just 124kms. On a normal day, this would take them less than 3 hours, but this isn't a normal day! The short distance of the course means that the time limit is going to be very tight and we could find a bunch of the non-climbers battling just to stay in the race. 

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TDF Stage 16

Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon
Tuesday July 22nd, 237.5kms 

tdf-stage16-lastkmsSo just six stages left and although the winner looks to be as good as crowned there is still a lot of racing to be done and a lot of places in the top 10 still to be decided. This Tour has been packed with drama right from the very first stage and it doesn't look like it will let up any time soon, with some exciting stages in the coming days. 

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TDF Stage 15

Tallard to Nîmes
Sunday July 20th, 222kms 

amphitheatre-nimesIt's all over bar the shouting as they say. Vincenzo was magnificent again today, extending the lead over his rivals even more and it's now the best part of five minutes to the chasing pack. Once again it was his trademark acceleration that did the damage and once again none of his rivals were able to even get out the saddle to go after him. 

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TDF Stage 14

Grenoble to Risoul
Saturday July 19th, 177kms 

risoulWe hit the Haute-Alpes with this absolute beast of a stage. 177kms which contains two Cat 1 climbs and a HC ascent, there could be some big time gaps open up by the end of today. First up are the legendary climbs of the Col du Lautaret and the Col d'Izoard and is finished off by a new climb to the Tour, the Risoul. 

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TDF Stage 13

Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse
Friday July 19th, 197.5kms 

TDF-stage13-col-de-palaquitAfter the transition stages of the previous days, we finally start to head in to the 'big mountains'.. They may only be hitting the western edges, but with a Cat 1 and a HC climb within the last 60kms of the stage they will certainly know they've reached the Alps. The final pull up to Chamrousse is sure to be a killer, with a peloton already very tired and beaten after two very hard weeks of racing.  

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Tour de France St. 12

Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne
Thursday July 17th, 185.5kms 

gerrans-wins-liegeAnother transition stage on the way to the Alps which looks quite similar to the previous days rolling profile as they head to Saint-Étienne and the eastern fringes of the Massif Centrale. It looks like a perfect day for a breakaway with the HC mountain coming up the next day. 

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Tour de France St. 11

Besançon to Oyonnax
Wednesday July 16th, 187.5kms 

sagan in greenWell.. I had started my rest day review on Sunday, taking about how eventful the race had been up until now, and that it was all set up nicely for a duel in the high mountains over the coming weeks. That was well and truly ripped up after Monday's events with another shocking abandonment.

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Tour de France St. 10

Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles
Monday July 14th, 161.5kms 

froome-la-plancheWe may have seen Contador fire a shot across the bows of Nibali with his peformance in the last kilometre of stage 8, but today will be the first all-out war for the GC.. The summit finish to the Planche des Belles Filles comes at the end of a very hard day in the saddle and we may well see the end of all hopes for some with only just over a week gone. 

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Tour de France St. 9

Gérardmer to Mulhouse
Sunday July 13th, 170kms 

kadri-wins-tdf-stage8Blel Kadri won a fantastic victory for AG2R after shedding his breakaway companions along the way to La Mauselaine. Behind though the action was dramatic. Tinkoff-Saxo drove hard at the front inside the last 10kms and when Nico Roche hit the front he blew things to pieces and set it up for Contador to press on to the finish. 

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Tour de France St. 8

Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine
Saturday July 12th, 161kms 

Trentin-tdf-stage7We may have had a lumpy stage 2 through the Yorkshire countryside, but this is where we may see the first signs of who has good climbing legs or not with three climbs packed in to the last 27kms. The three climbs are back to back and give very little recovery time between each one before finishing on the summit of the Gérardmer La Mauselaine. 

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Tour de France St. 7

Épernay to Nancy
Friday July 11th, 234.5kms 

greipThis should be an interesting stage and a break from the sprint outcomes we have had on all of the flat stages so far. The reason being is that this looks like a day for a breakaway, with a challenging last 30kms that includes two Cat 4 climbs and another uncategorised lump just before them on the run-in that could act as a springboard for a final solo attack. 

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