Friday, June 30, 2006

Tour Favorites?

Okay, so the doping scandal bloodbath continues. The top contenders currently out of the Tour de France are:

Jan Ullrich
Ivan Basso
Francisco Mancebo
Alexander Vinokourov

Which leaves, by my estimation, the following true contenders for the overall:

Floyd Landis
Levi Leipheimer
Denis Menchov
Yaroslav Popovich
Carlos Sastre
Cadel Evans
Alejandro Valverde
Gilberto Simoni
Damiano Cunego

All in all, not a bad list of contenders, really. Despite losing the top two favorites, the remaining general classification riders are still a very strong, impressive group of athletes. The Tour could be even more exciting despite the loss of Ullrich, Basso and Vinokourov.

And at any rate, Tom Boonen and Dave Zabriskie are still riding, so all is well for me. Them's my boys.