The plan would be to see the Tour, go to England (maybe say hello to some of the CW members if they like), climb some of the Alps in France, climb the Ghilasso (around an hour north of Milan) and if possible see the World Champions in Germany. Of course I aim to see cricket in the meantime.
The climbs used in the Tour group are Plateau Bielle, Port de Bales (never used before), Tourmalet (not used in this year's race), and Col de Aubsique.
Well it seems as though Alejandro Valverde has rejected the chance to join T-Mobile and will stay with his current team with a reported 3m euros a season, which will put huge strain on their budget, but it is that or let him go to T-Mobile and become Roger Hammond's lead out man this July (well he supposed to be going)
Their team would be at this stage:
Linus Gerdermann (This guy will be a star in the hills)
Decent squad, with chances inthe time trials and in breakaways.
As a T-Mobile supporter, slightly concerned with Roger's ability in the GC, top 10 maybe but don't think he'll get top 3.
Le Monde claims Pereiro's urine samples contained salbutamol
At this rate, Michael Rasmussen will be made overall winner...in 2011...
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Although it looks like the ICU knew he was taking it for medical reasons so it's not quite Landis-esque.
Landis considers a comeback - http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...an07/jan21news while Joseba Beloki is considering retiring.
Next year should be completely different with no prolouge or even a time trial to start of the 2008 Tour in Brittiany, it will be a road stage just like they are doing in the Vuelta a Espana this year. Not sure if there will be a TTT after stage 4 or 5. Hope they do or put in a stage with some hills in it that will break up the bunch or will give a breakaway a good chance of going the distance because it will be pretty boring if it is a flat road stage after another all the way to the first TT towards the end of the first week.
For Mitchell, DC new boy Steve Cummings (he is the one not wearing the helmet):
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