I find myself not caring very much who wins. Not because of the absence of Lance. It just doesn't matter if Floyd beats Evans, or if Popo went ahead and won the thing somehow. I'm going to watch every second, but without Jan or Basso, I just don't care. It's not the same.
At this point, nobody really knows the truth about the doping. With such little public evidence, this type of banishment would never happen the week before the superbowl or world series. We would play it, and sort it out afterwords with the solid facts. I understand the problems with sponsorship in cycling, and how it is different, but I'm still disappointed that we were all robbed of a great tour. Also, if you have the goods to implicate these guys - then share it and I will be satisfied. But so far, it is all closed door. Would not, could not happen in the USA. The press wouldn't let these guys sleep without releasing some details.