Friday, June 29, 2012
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. Tour de France: What's at stake
2. Tour de France: What's in play
1. TOUR DE FRANCE: WHAT'S AT STAKE
Bon jour! Tomorrow we start Belgium's third-most exciting race of the year when the Tour de France begins in Liège.
As with all the the Grand Tours, Rouleur Derby has a special prize. This year we award $75 to the top player come Paris.
A few notes:
A. Tour performance is judged by your total return, not points won. This gives everyone the same chance to win, regardless of how they've done in previous races. (It also means new players have an equal shot, so be sure to recruit your friends.)
B. To be eligible for the $75 prize, players must make at least 10 separate bets on Tour-related propositions, and they must wager at least 400 points.
And of course there's the overall $285 prize that's at stake. Picking the winner of the Tour carries a 25 percent bonus, so this could be a way to catch up or shore up your position in the leaderboard.
Most betting closes tonight at midnight, Chicago time.
2. TOUR DE FRANCE: WHAT'S IN PLAY
The first question we'll answer is who will win tomorrow's prologue. Omega Pharma-Quick Step leads with a 3.5-1 payout followed closely by RadioShack-Nissan at 4.2-1.
Speaking of RadioShack-Nissan, it appears there may be some tensions within the camp. Knowing that, who will place higher between Chris Horner and Andreas Klöden? (It's currently a dead heat.)
Speaking of Andreas Klöden, will there be a doping scandal at this year's tour?
Another favorite: Will there be a dog-, horse- or livestock-related crash?
Two propositions for American players: Which U.S. team will have the highest placed rider? And will a North American (Hi, Ryder!) wear the yellow jersey at any point during the Tour?
For the sprinters: How will the Greipel-Cavendish rivalry play out? And who will win the green jersey?
Stay tuned for a Bastille Day special, as well as rest-day "second chance" propositions and others as the race may dictate.
Have fun, play well, tell a friend,