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Lance Armstrong return could cost bookmakers

Lance Armstrong, currently planning his return to a dominant place in pro cycling, could cost British bookmakers a five figure sum if he manages to win the 2009 Tour de France, probably not the impossible task it seems.

Armstrong confirmed yesterday that he plans to compete at the Tour de France and will for the first time in his career ride the Giro D’Italia.

And a fairytale return to the Tour could end up having “nightmare repercussions” for the betting industry, reports Ladbrokes.

“We began laying Armstrong at 14/1 to win the Tour in early September and his price has contracted as the rumours grew,” says Ladbrokes spokesman Robin Hutchison. “It will be interesting to see Astana’s tactics given the presence of Alberto Contador in the team.

“But if they focus on Armstrong and he delivers for an eighth time cycling fans will be queuing from here to Alpe D’Huez to collect their winnings.”

Armstrong is 2/1 favourite for the Giro, ahead of Ivan Basso and Damiano Cunego, and 11/2 second favourite for the Tour behind Contador at 6/4.

Here’s the latest odds:

Giro d’Italia 2009

2/1 Lance Armstrong

5/2 Ivan Basso

11/2 Damiano Cunego

7/1 Danilo Di Luca

10/1 Denis Menchov

12/1 Carlos Sastre

12/1 Gilberto Simoni

20/1 Marzio Bruseghin

25/1 Vincenzo Nibali

33/1 Stefano Garzelli

Tour de France 2009

6/4 Alberto Contador

11/2 Lance Arnstrong

8/1 Andy Schlek

10/1 Cadel Evans

12/1 Carlos Sastre

14/1 Ivan Basso

16/1 Denis Menchov

20/1 Levi Leipheimer

33/1 Andreas Kloden

33/1 Christian Vandevelde

40/1 Damiano Cunego

40/1 Roman Kreuziger

40/1 Frank Schleck

40/1 Michael Rogers

40/1 Samuel Sanchez

So, who is your money on?

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