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Will Lance get his 7th victory in the Tour? Or is the T-Mobile team (Ullrich, Vinokourov and Klöden ) too strong this year?

Vinokourov has won the Mont Ventoux-stage in the Dauphine Libere today, he's definately is a good form.
He's a good bet @ 13 to win all the way in July. The bookies think he will be Ullrich's first helper in the mountains, but Ullrich is likely to lose time in the first time-trail (19 km), as he's a real diesel.
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Oh, yeah, for who doesn't know what I'm talking about: it's cycling.
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Should be quite interesting this year (has to be, as last year was so boring).

I guess Ulrich is a possibility, but I think Vino has a better chance than him.

Is Beloki in this year?

I think Botero will go for the Polka-Dot jersey (and will take it)
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Is Beloki in this year?
I've seen him in the Giro, last month. He said he was there just to pick up some rhythm, but he was just horrible. I think he will not compete in the Tour, he will go to the Vuelta in September.
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That's too bad. Not that I think he had a chance of winning, but he could have put some good pressure on the other leaders
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Ulrich will not be fit as usual, I think Vino is a solid play

As good as Armstrong is, this year he will need his team more than ever as I can see some bad days for the champ in the mountains this year.
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Re: Tour de France 2005

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Will Lance get his 7th victory in the Tour? Or is the T-Mobile team (Ullrich, Vinokourov and Klöden ) too strong this year?

Vinokourov has won the Mont Ventoux-stage in the Dauphine Libere today, he's definately is a good form.
He's a good bet @ 13 to win all the way in July. The bookies think he will be Ullrich's first helper in the mountains, but Ullrich is likely to lose time in the first time-trail (19 km), as he's a real diesel.
Jan is one of the best time triallers around I though?
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Jan is one of the best time triallers around I though?

over the longer distance trials he is the best, on par with armstrong

not the shorter ones as he doesnt have enough time to crank those large gears
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over the longer distance trials he is the best, on par with armstrong

not the shorter ones as he doesnt have enough time to crank those large gears
You're right about that one.
The Tour of Switzerland starts today, with Ullrich competing. I'll keep you informed about his level of performance. (At least I hope he's lost his 'winter fat' )
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You\'re right about that one.
The Tour of Switzerland starts today, with Ullrich competing. I\'ll keep you informed about his level of performance. (At least I hope he\'s lost his \'winter fat\' )
Mate that would fantastic if you could keep me updated - covergae in Australia is really poor. Id be interested to see how the big german goes. It really is a shame, he has one Tour victory to his name, the guy is so talented, unfortunately his love of german chocolates is more
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I am also interested to follow Ivan Basso lead up form, he is another who could do some damage in the mountains this year
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Mikkel Kessler in the tour???
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Re: Tour de France 2005

Wow, Ullrich looks very fit (no fat ) and he was very strong in today's time trail (39km) in the Tour of Switzerland, finishing just a bit faster than the two Aussies McGee and Rogers:

1 Jan Ullrich TMO 44'06"
2 Bradley McGee FDJ +14"
3 Michael Rogers QST +17"
4 Fabian Cancellara FAS +39"
5 Serhiy Honchar DOM +40"

I guess he was right when he said he feels better than last year in this time of the year.

Basso is not competing by the way. He has taken some time off after the Tour of Italy last month. I've no clue about his form.
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michael rogers, future podium winner in the tour, watch out for him
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WHill have now put odds for all candidates (they had only Lance, Ullrich and a couple others previously):

Lance - 1.72
Ullrich - 3.75
Basso - 7
Vino - 11
Also...Leipheimer - 34
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