After watching today's final Giro stage, I'm going to wonder about how ASO will be able to justify keeping Astana out of the Tour . . . . . . . besides the usual, "we're never wrong and wouldn't acknowledge it if we were" attitude. No, I'm not stupid enough to expect a change of heart on the part of the organizers.
The person I'm really going to feel sorry for is the guy who ends up winning the Tour. Talk about setting a record and having it inscribed with the proverbial baseball asterix after your name. The asterix that says, "you won partially because the best team around wasn't allowed to take part, and there will always be a question of whether you could have beaten them". Even someone who defaults into a win because the winner was caught doping still knows he was the best clean (ok, uncaught, for all you terminally cynical types) rider out there.
I'll still watch the Tour (even a bad cycling race is still better than 99% of what's on television), but there's no way I can take it seriously this year.
And I'd love to see Contador win the Vuelta this year, just to rub it in.