I am seeing various comments from retired cyclists, that there might be a coalition between Rabo and Disco to counter Floyd Landis.
The origin comes from the day before yesterday when Oscar Freire, by far the better sprinter, refused to chase Popovych, and always had Ballan do the job, until he gave up.
The deal would be for Rabobank letting stage victory(ies) to Disco against a little help in the mountains from Discovery to Menchov.
Big question now: WHY?
Well, two possibilities:
Johan Bruyneel and Erik Breukink rode together with ONCE
Landis and Armstrong never were in good terms. Armstrong was not happy, when Landis signed with Phonak. He wouldn't be happy to see him win the Tour either [by the way, find me a nice comment from Armstrong about Floyd Landis after 2005, and during this Tour].
Your thoughts on this? Or have you seen/heard/read something I missed?