Funny how Christian is the hero and Cadel is the goat, even though they basically have ridden the same race.
Well, yeah. But we've watched Cadel in the Tour before and we know how he rides. This is Christian's first Tour as a leader, so he's gone from having no outside pressure or expectations to being a (way outside) contender for a podium spot. And he's American. And he doesn't have that weird butt-chin. Or talk in a voice that only gay dogs can hear.
I think Cadel has ridden a brilliant Tour, defended himself beautifully when that's all he could do, and I'll do a fist-pump and a happy dance if he wins the whole thing. If it's Sastre, I'll be happy too. The Scheck brothers are brilliant bike riders, and I'd be lucky to have one-billionth of their talent, but they creep me out a little bit. They've got kind of a "Children of the Corn" vibe to them. Especially Andy.