Well, I wouldn't want to have to go up against him as a big-time team or pro rider. The beauty of the Tour--and the drama--is seeing how it all shakes out, stage by stage. Heroes--for a stage, for a time, and who wants to be the first--or the last in the race--to wear the yellow jersey?
well i think its not possible to say right now that lance will win... many things can happen crashes,punctures,bad luck everything... we'll have to wait until the end of the tour to see who wins... and lance may win or may not we'll see
I'd love for Tyler or Levi to win. It seems to me that a bit of arrogance has crept into Lance's demeanor - you can sense it in his interviews. Perhaps it was even a factor in his marital breakup. Shades of the pre-cancerous Lance from big, bad Texas!!!
That said, nobody trains as hard as Lance, and nobody seems to be able to suffer as much. I certainly wouldn't deny him a fifth Tour. When I'm standing on the Alpe d'Huez cheering him on, I'll let you know if anyone else did...
I think Lance has got it. Did anyone else notice his performance in the ITT today at the Dauphine L.? Ulrich has been out of racing too long. Pantani has been out of racing too long. All of the little climbers don't have the TT power. And you can't ignore the USPS team. The addition of Beltran is also great. I predict the usual ass whooping. Lance rolls into Paris with 4+ minutes on the field.
i would like to think it would be Jan Ullrich, but to be perfectly honest i dont think he has the racing in his legs, but i think it will be closer than expected. Jan for 2nd!!! Also i'm not sure if i would class 4 minutes over 3000 odd Km as an Ass Whooping!?? If i could finish that closely to him after that far i would the happiest person alive.
Tyler was a junior member on my old race team, CCB, back in Northshore Boston in the late 80s, so I'm hoping that he takes the TdF. He sure is working hard, and it's been an "uphill" battle, but I think he has the drive to perservere and take the victory.
Lance! Yeah, he's gotten a little arrogant, but I think he has the "palmares" to back it up. Of course, the unexpected can happen, but Armstrong's very cautious and of course, experienced. Cockiness is, after all, just a step beyond self-confidence. All the best athletes hava touch of it, even if they manage to publicly suppress it.
Ulrich may challenge (new Bianchi team), and his team is blowing a lot of smoke about being happy if he just wins a stage (we've heard THAT before!) but I'd put my money on Lance.
Lance is hard to tip against. Will be interesting to see how the podium shapes up. Will Belocki remain bridesmaid? Will Tyler or Botero or Levi step up? Is Ullrich ready for a big race yet? Can't wait till it starts...