One of the readers of TDF07.com just sent me a note with a New York Times article attached. Here's an excerpt and a link to the full article. Essentially, this is a program for telling the riders apart and a great perspective on doping and who is poised to win the 2007 Tour de France.
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Without Key Riders, Tour de France Is Left Wide Open
By EDWARD WYATT
Published: July 6, 2007
For the second straight year, no rider is expected to dominate the Tour, in part because many of the cyclists who would have been expected to compete for the victory are not here.
The race is to be considered a wide-open affair, with any one of nearly a dozen riders viewed as a possible winner. If anyone is considered the favorite, it is Alexander Vinokourov, a 33-year old Kazakh who rides for Astana.
The top American in the field is Levi Leipheimer, who has finished in the top 10 three times with other teams but who this year will have a stronger support group around him in the Discovery Channel team.
Most of the riders know that whatever happens over the next three weeks of racing will be suspect, in some respects.
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Here's the link to the entire article. A great read.
ONE DAY TO GO - London, tomorrow!!!