i know i know but for some reason i like him even though he's french. i've watched 2003 and 2004 and he just makes a bad decision or gets stuck out one moment and that's it he's lost too much time to make up.
I used to think that Iban Mayo would do something every year. But for one reason or another, he would blow it. I think there are no surprises in the Tour, unless someone gets knocked out because something freakish, like an accident.
Jan Ullrich will be second.
there are several with legitimate shots Basso, Vino, Rassmussen, Landis. It's hard to say..Vino seems too bloody minded..he wants to race every stage like it's a one day race. Rass is pretty green.
Jan is doing the Giro this year too, but mostly for the training. Basso will be out to win it though.
I'd love to see Vino be a threat, but part of my heart just loves Beloki. He was like our little adopted guy at my last company, so I still root for him, even though his "climbing at the front days" are probably over.
Call me crazy, but I would like to see Ulle take at least one more, to show everyone that he really was the next best guy, hopefully he can find and keep the focus next year. It'll be a good one for sure!
Though this year I'm obligated to root for Credit Agricole...
All kidding aside, I'd like to see Jan win the 2006 TDF, he has a year or two left, and there are still only a handful of riders capable of beating him. I'd also like to see a miracle comeback by Beloki, but I don't think it's likely.
I think Ulrich for a win (and the ultimate come back from a long strech of not winning) but I'm more interested in Rasmussen. I hope he holds it together and can be a contender. He hands down had the worst time trial performance last year. I was a bit bummed he didn't move to a team that would back a possible GC conteder being as his team is more for stage wins and special jerseys. I really want to see a former mountain biker make the podium.