Are you ready, race fans? The 94th Tour de France begins tomorrow in London (just to keep us all guessing). Just to keep us guessing, too: the verdict in the Floyd Landis doping hearing was delayed a day, so the world will know the US Anti-Doping Association's verdict concerning last year's 'winner' as the TdF starts.
Did just find this blog-of-note: Trust but Verify... all you could ever want to know about the doping allegations against Floyd. From a quick glance, looks like pretty balanced stuff. As they say "There is a daily roundup of links with specific Landis interest, with brief comment. We avoid bashing, gushing, or gross stupidity. Unless it's funny." Sounds good to me... will need to check in for more detail later.
For a 'wide-open' race (which most commentators seem to think is a bad thing?!), there seems to be a relative consensus on the favorites: Vinokourov and Kloden (Astana), Valverde and Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne), Sastre and Schleck (CSC), Leipheimer (Discovery), Moreau (AG2r), and Evans (Predictor-Lotto).
I'm going to be uncharacteristically bold and say the top-4 will be: Vinokourov, Kloden, Valverde and Leipheimer. Which means they'll probably all crash in the first week.
Having now been bold I'm going to get myself all fired-up and francophiled by watching Nikita and then hopefully dreaming of Anne Parillaud taking out Dick Pound.