Well yesterday it started with a the prologue... Will Armstrong win his historical 6th time? that will be the great questionmark in this years race. I think it's in the advantage of the true climbers the mountains will be in the last two weeks of this years race. Therefor i think a better climber then Armstrong will win this years tour.
Do you follow it and who are your favorites?
my list: of the top 10 of this tour:
yellow (overall time)
03 Tyler Hamilton
04 Lance Armstrong
05 Roberto Heras
06 Denis Menchov
07 Oscar pereiro
08 Georg Totschnig
09 Ivan Basso
10 Francesco Mancebo
In sprinting, Allesandro Pettachi will be hard to beat, the competition will come from Baden Cooke, Thor Hushovd, Robbie McEwen. Outsiders in the sprints will be
Jean Patric Nazon, Tom Boonen Bernhard eisel, Stuart o'grady, Erik Zabel and allan Davis... And you never know what Mario Cippolini will do this Tour
Mountains will be the domain of the Spanish riders, Iban Mayo, Francesco Mancebo, Oscar Sevilla,Oscar Pereiro, Igor de Gozalez galdeano, Roberto Heras and Haimar Zubeldia.
Other climbers that can compete well there are ofcourse Ullrich, Armstrong, Hamilton, Simoni, Basso and Menchov. Alway wandering when the polka dot yearsey that seem to belong to frenchman Richard Virenque (6 times winner of it) will change to another rider. I think Virenque isn't strong enough this year to compete well for that, but with his character you'll never know.
Overall i think it will be a very interesting 4 weeks!