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Big Week Part V
July 5, 2008, 4:01 pm
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Without prologue, but with much fanfare the Tour de France kicked off today in Brest, France. This will be an interesting tour to watch for the many sub-plots:

No prologue – the French apparently took offense to Fabian Cancellara and did away with it this year
No bonus points for sprints or stage wins – You still get points toward the classification win but no ride in a plutonium powered DeLorean
No defending champion – ASO who manages the race barred Team Astana (famous for flaunting PED use) who is now under new management and ridership, including 2007 Champion Alberto Contador and 3rd Place Levi Leipheimer, this spurred LetLeviRide.com
New Teams – With the absence of Astana and the retirement of Discovery, places were opened up for some new guys, Slipstream, now Garmin/Chipotle and High Road, now Columbia. Both these teams have been very active in the fight against doping and hope to provide positive peer pressure to the peloton.
The favorites – Cadel Evans, Damiano Cunego, Denis Menchov, Carlos Sastre and the winner of Stage 1 today, Alejandro Valverde. I personally like Cadel or Valverde.

23 days until Paris!

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