Blog – Tour de France & Shanghai Darts

Whilst Roy the Boy laments on some of the books for Le Tour, he likes an up-and-coming French star to place whilst also thinking that Michael van Gerwen has more than darts on his mind in China. 

Latour for Le Tour

I’m more than a little disappointed with Coral, Ladbrokes and Stan James this week.  Despite their size and stature – okay, Ladbrokes and Coral are now one of the same and Stan James is a Unibet white label – they have managed to quote a mass of riders for the big race who are not taking part!  Vincenzo Nibali and Tejay van Garderen are very big names in cycling and, while it is a surprise they are not amongst the riders in this year’s race, offering prices about them is unforgivable.

Apparently the French cycling hacks are raving about their next superstar, well who they think will be their next superstar, Pierre-Roger Latour.  He is only 23 and won a stage of last year’s Vuelta a Espana (a three-week Grand Tour).  It was not any old stage either, it was Stage 20 which was exceptionally long and mountainous.  Just 25 sec off of the pace after two stages, the young rider is well worth investing some shrapnel in at 250/1  each-way with Paddy Power.  There’s also some 50’s available about a top-6 finish at Betfair.

Meanwhile our previous 33/1 each-way runner, Romain Bardet has started well and is now top-priced 22/1.

MVG could be a GBL (Great Big Lay)

Ever heard of Rob Cross?  Me neither until he beat Michael van Gerwen 6-2 in the quarter finals of a £25,000 (to-the-winner) tour event in Germany on Sunday.

Of course 1/12 shots get beat in their turn but this defeat could be more to do with the Dutch player’s young wife about to give birth to their first child than a simple blip at the oche.  MVG is now en-route to China for the Shanghai Masters (starts Thursday and televised on ITV) for which he is top-priced 4/6.  Being such a long way from a pregnant loved one has played havoc with many a sportsman’s game down the years and if Mrs MVG is suffering from a hormonal overload, who can blame him?

I think MVG is very opposable and if his wife goes into labor, he’s going to pull-out of the competition.  With no Rule 4’s and ante-post rules, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson look logical bets for this competition.

Recommended Bets

Pierre-Roger Latour @ 250/1 e/w (3 places) in the Tour de France with Paddy Power, Ladbrokes & Coral.

Gary Anderson to win the Shanghai Masters @ 5/1 with BoylesportsBetway & Sportingbet.

Peter Wright to win the Shanghai Masters @ 6/1 with Ladbrokes & Coral.