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Old 06-30-2006, 09:37 AM   #1
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Tour De France 2006

And I was so looking forward to cheering Ivan Basso at the ceremonial Paris finale on 23 July !

From the tdfblog:

Who's out: Which riders won't start?

There are only 7 riders from the provisional Tour start list on the list of names under investigation in Spain, including 1 reserve. All will be withdrawn from the Tour.

* Astaná-Würth: Isidro Nozal
* Jorg Jaksche
* Joseba Beloki
* Reserve: Aitor Osa

* CSC: Ivan Basso

* AG2R: Francisco Mancebo

* T-Mobile: Jan Ullrich
* Oscar Sevilla
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The list is very long and quite sad to read. Some riders that were on the list aren't surprising, as they had already been suspended previously (Heras, Hamilton), but still, to see Basso and Ullrich involved is disappointing.

What I find most ironic out of all of this is the one person who isn't on there:

Lance Armstrong
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some BIG names missing!
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Vinokourov is out now, too, because his team doesn't have enough participants anymore.

There is a very strong possibility now, with all these new developments, that an American might win this again. Here's your new favorites:

Floyd Landis (USA)
Levi Leipheimer (USA)
George Hincapie (USA)
Bobby Julich (USA)
Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
Denis Menchov (Russia)
Gilberto Simoni (Italy)

This is going to be a very interesting race now...
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Vinokourov is out now, too, because his team doesn't have enough participants anymore.

There is a very strong possibility now, with all these new developments, that an American might win this again. Here's your new favorites:

Floyd Landis (USA)
Levi Leipheimer (USA)
George Hincapie (USA)
Bobby Julich (USA)
Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
Denis Menchov (Russia)
Gilberto Simoni (Italy)

This is going to be a very interesting race now...
it will be interesting for the americans now for sure...
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What I find most ironic out of all of this is the one person who isn't on there:

Lance Armstrong

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There is a very strong possibility now, with all these new developments, that an American might win this again. Here's your new favorites:

Floyd Landis (USA)
Levi Leipheimer (USA)
George Hincapie (USA)
Bobby Julich (USA)
Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
Denis Menchov (Russia)
Gilberto Simoni (Italy)
Cross Valverde off the list now, thanks to a broken collarbone.

Wouldn't it be hilarious if, after how the French press were so happy to see Armstrong go, another American ends up winning this thing...

It sure is starting to look that way.
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We can't beat the world in any other sport (baseball, soccer, basketball) so I guess cycling will have to do.
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So much for that USA dominance now. Only Landis looks like a legit contender after yesterday.
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Landis looks good in yellow.
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There have been 6 different riders in the yellow jersey now.
The highest number of different riders in the yellow is 8.
This tour could very well have more than 8
It will be interesting to see what happens in the Alps.
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It's so nice to see them sharing
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I think it has been an interesting tour so far
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This has been a fabulous tour so far. Nothing against Armstrong, but you knew what you were getting the last few years. Not this time. Still wide open, although Landis seems to have the edge.
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Agreed.

The thing I like most about this tour is that anyone, on any given day, is a contender to win at least a stage, if not the Tour by this point. Who would have guessed that Oscar Pereiro Sio, a full 28 and a half minutes back in the GC before this morning, would be wearing yellow tomorrow?

It's a sharp contrast to the Armstrong days, when it felt almost inevitable that Lance would come up with it in the end, because he controlled the peloton with an iron grip. I don't care what anyone says, if you were in the Tour in the last seven years, you didn't do anything Lance Armstrong didn't want you to do, like it or not.

I'm predicting that the Tour will be won by someone other than Floyd Landis. For some reason, OLN is making out to look like he's already won, and they haven't even gotten to the Alps yet. Keep your eyes on Andreas Kloden.

And I can't wait for L'Alpe d'Huez on Tuesday...
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