Per Doc Moonlight's post in last year's thread I thought it might be easier to give this year's race it's own thread.
Some good links cyclingnews.com
Tons of racing articles daily. OLN TV
The place to watch the race daily. Live and replays every day. Race recaps and standings all on their website. Lance\'s site
Say no more. US Postal Team Site
Details about the team beyond just Lance Tyler Hamilton\'s Site
Another US hopeful with a great chance to win it this year.
So, with the cloud of scandal wafting above the tour this year's ride begins Saturday. While I wouldn't mind if Lance won, I'd really like to see Tyler Hamilton pull it off this year. He's a great rider on a new team built just for him. They had a great training season and Tyler is having as good a year as he ever has. With his fourth place finish last year done while riding with a broken collar bone I'm hoping this is his year.
Jan Ullrich will of course be considered Lance's main rival. But Iban Mayo and Ivan Basso can be expected to be tough competition along with Tyler.
This year's race is a bit unique with most of the major mountain stages coming in the last week. Team strategy will really be huge. As well as getting your team to the mountain stages intact. The mountains are where the race will be won or lost. The time trial up Alp d' Huez coming in stage 16 (of 20) could be a classic.
Ahh, let the games begin!