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    whats the tour going to be like?

    with basso and jan being named in the probe and the tour saying there kicking anyone on the list?
    "dont worry charlie ,ive got an angle!!"

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    Doesn't matter. Weak souls will be crushed, and widows will be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter
    with basso and jan being named in the probe and the tour saying there kicking anyone on the list?
    Well if Jan and Ivan get the boot and no one from Disco or Floyd or Levi get caught up in this I'd say we've got great chance of an all-American podium (Disco being an "US" team). Minus Jan and Ivan I could see Floyd, Levi and big George taking the top three steps.

    As for the atmosphere I think this will be much like 98 with the Festina Affair with the media constantly hounding the riders about doping and LeBlanc acting outraged that this could happen in cycling.

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    If Jan and Ivan are out, i'm going for Jens Voigt, whether he's got a realistic chance or not.

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    WOW... I am shocked that Ivan and Jan are now out!!!! This is going to be a very interesting tour..... I feel sorry for the poor chap that ends up winning.... they are going to drain him dry with all the blood checks!
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    "Big George" now the favorite?
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    "Big George" now the favorite?

    For me? no... I'm going Landis or maybe even Levi... George is going to lose too much time in the time trials.

    1. Landis
    2. Levi
    3. Rassmussen

    This could be huge for American cycling.... ther could possibly be 3 podium spots... and maybe 5 top 10 spots!..... defintely make up for the crappy World Cup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    Well if Jan and Ivan get the boot and no one from Disco or Floyd or Levi get caught up in this I'd say we've got great chance of an all-American podium (Disco being an "US" team). Minus Jan and Ivan I could see Floyd, Levi and big George taking the top three steps.

    As for the atmosphere I think this will be much like 98 with the Festina Affair with the media constantly hounding the riders about doping and LeBlanc acting outraged that this could happen in cycling.
    Hang on...

    You've still got...

    Valverde

    Popovych

    Sastre

    Mazzoleni (rode great last year for Lampre without a lot of support)
    Kloden

    Vino

    Menchov

    Voeckler

    Garzelli
    DiLuca

    Cunego

    Simoni if he can shut his mouth and quit whining

    With Ullrich gone, the time trials opened up a lot.

    There are some good riders out there that might just get motivated...

    The sad thing is that someone will win this Tour and people will say, "yeah, but..."

    BTW...I am left wondering how Euskaltel seems to be escaping all this or am I missing something here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadwarrior
    BTW...I am left wondering how Euskaltel seems to be escaping all this or am I missing something here?
    Euskaltel is a Basque team. The Basque region is basically an autonomous community in the Pyrenees region, and the Basque people as a whole pretty much try to have as little to do with the rest of Spain as possible. If Euskaltel riders are doping, they're doing it somewhere else.

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