Who will win it? Does Floyd have a chance?
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Floyd won't be in it. His Phonak team has disbanded and he agreed not to race in France until 2008 in exchange for the WADA anti-doping decision being postponed until later this year. And now that Basso is out, it's wide open. Alexander Vinokourov has a shot if his team can support him. CSC will have a strong team, Christian VandeVelde just finished 2nd in the Tour de Georgia, Jens Voight should be in the mix, with Bobby Julich as Dave Z. as lieutenants.
Levi will probably be the team leader for Discovery. He's had a pretty good year so far, winning the Tour of California, and the team had a good showing in Georgia. He should be a contender, but probably won't win.
It should be a great race, and the Giro starts in less than 2 weeks.
Floyd doesn't have a chance because he probably won't be racing it. He will still be on suspension if I figure correctly. The list of contenders could be cut very short this week when 6000 more pages from the Operation Puerto investigation are released. According the Velonews today, there may be 107 riders implicated in the full inquiry.
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considering the fact that the UCI judgement is still pending AND he isn't officially on any team, he won't be riding in the TDF or any other race at this point...
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Floyd? . aaah ... no
Levi Leipheimer or Ivan Basso
I think it will be a phenomenal Tour either way
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No more Basso. It will be Leipheimer... for once.
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Floyd? Haha... no. He can't even start. I was leaning towards Basso, but he probably won't be able to start either. Then Ullrich is gone as well.
A lot of ppl are picking Levi, but frankly I just can't do it. I'll give him the jersey for a day or two at best, but I really don't think he's got what it takes this year to be Tour Leader into Paris.
My pick is now going towards Alexandre Vinokourov. Why? I dunno... he seems singled focus on the Tour this year. We shall see.
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Floyd will probably never race again - and if he does he will always be shrouded with controversy.
My tip - i am a huge Vino fan, but now Kloeden has joined his team i think they will work for him. Just like at T mobile - exactly what is happening now with Michael Rogers.
Basso had a real shot at it - not any more with him leaving Disco.
Levi - probably not - Disco seem lost without Lance.
But my money will be on Valverde - he crashed out last year after he touched wheels with a team mate and broke his collarbone. He withdrew the year before that with a knee injury, so i reckon he will have a point to prove. Plus he beat Lance in a mountain stage in 2005 and won the pro tour's leading rider last year so he has definitely got what it takes!!
I'd love to see Cadel Evans win it, Stuart O'Grady win the green jersey and Allan Davis best young rider. Yes, I'm Australian.
Let's wait and see!!
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