Interesting point about Lance and cancer. You must still admire the guy, no matter how brash and immature he may come across when being interviewed by the media!
We never saw much of Jan Ullrich's win at sydney....channel 7 stuffed the coverage right up....they switched to some stupid basketball game just as jan was attacking.....they then had the balls to make out they were showing the finish live! when it was actually about 20 mins later.....from what i read in cycilngnews.com it would have been breath taking to watch.
I totally agree with Dave ; the ride of the year is indeed Jan Ullrich in the timetrial of the world championships. It was the most thrilling race I had ever seen. The rider of the year is Erik Zabel ( he just never stopped winning! ) and it is true that everybody loves Armstrong mainly because he hasn't only survived cancer , but also went on winning the tour three times. He wouldn't have had as many fans as he has now, if he had never had cancer.
Casero winning the Giro? Only if he improved his climbing skills dramatically.
He is definitely strong enough for a top-ten finish at the TdF (he did it before), but we yet have to see if Coast will be invited.