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Best of British
There will be plenty of drama at Silverstone and SW19 - and Ed Chamberlin has the pick of the bets.
Last Updated: 08/07/12 4:49pm
A quintessentially English sporting weekend in typically English weather!
This relentless and ridiculous amount of rainfall could play havoc with the Wimbledon finals, the British Grand Prix and the one-dayers against Australia.
British Grand Prix
It's a big weekend for the Sky team at Silverstone and it should be a brilliant race on the Sky Sports F1 channel. It's been much more profitable to be a bookmaker than a punter so far this season with so many different winners and Sky Bet must be licking their lips again, especially if it rains on Sunday. Sky Bet go 3/1 Vettel, 10/3 Hamilton, 9/2 Alonso, 11/1 Grosjean, 12/1 Raikonen & Webber, 14/1 Button, 16/1 bar.
My biggest fear about our atrocious weather is its potential effect on London 2012. Imagine the anti-climax of the Olympic 100m final, Usain Bolt v Yohan Blake, with a world record on the cards, and we have a wet, cold, windy evening. The clash is without doubt the hottest ticket in town after the Jamaican trials.
Blake did the 100 and 200m double over Bolt and must have put severe doubts in the champion's mind. Bolt talked afterwards of being 'weak' and he has only three weeks to sort out his poor starts and indifferent form. Sky Bet go 8/11 Bolt, 6/4 Blake for the 100m but I'm not sure there is that much difference between them. What a race that is going to be - weather permitting.
The roof might be needed on Centre Court on Friday for two blockbuster semi-finals. Novak Djokovic (2/5) is up against Roger Federer (2/1) and then Andy Murray (4/9) carries the hopes of a nation against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (7/4). Murray is a 9/2 chance with Sky Bet to win the title. Both matches should be nerve shredding.
Tour de France
It's been a nervy first week in France with crashes galore but thankfully Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins has come through unscathed, as has our bet to win the best young riders' competition, Rein Tamaarae. Both have been involved in crashes but remain in contention for yellow and white.
The GC contenders will come to the fore on Saturday as the climbers stretch their legs for the first time on Saturday with the finish up at La Planche Belle Filles. We will learn a lot more in the final six kilometres on Saturday with Wiggins aiming to hang tough and then unleash some damage in Monday's time-trial.
From what I've seen so far, if I was an odds compiler once again, I would be tempted to have the defending champion Cadel Evans as my favourite to win the race. He looks in great form and is a permanent menace. Wiggins needs to take time out of him on Monday as he's such a wily competitor, knows how to win this race and is probably the better climber of the two. It's going to be a fascinating duel.
The star of the first week has been cycling's new golden boy, Peter Sagan. With Box Hill to climb so many times on the Olympic route, which will severely test and probably knock out the out-and-out sprinters like Mark Cavendish, it looks tailor-made for Sagan. With Cav making the market as Sky Bet's 2/1 favourite, Sagan looks a great bet at 3/1.
No Frankel or Camelot at Sandown this weekend but still a high class renewal of the Eclipse. Farhh was an unlucky third behind the now-retired So You think in the Prince of Wales at Royal Ascot. The Godolphin runner had no luck in running and finished like a train and could easily be a star in the making. At 4/1 with Sky Bet, I think he's worth backing.
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