Uran would be awesome. Or Samuel Sanchez, he's been good in this race before but has yet to win. Anyone other than Gilbert would be pretty cool, his dominance is getting boring. Shame that toughest climbs come early in the race, I hope Euskaltel, Katusha, perhaps Garmin will still make it difficult for Phil- especially that it seems his team isn't very supportive these days.
It's awful that they're moving Lombardy, I think next year I'll watch it and pretend Tour of Beijing doesn't exist- it certainly doesn't deserve to end the WorldTour. And it's especially terrible when I think about all the Italian prep races that are ten times more entertaining than Beijing, plus have their history and big crowds coming to cheer on the riders every year.