2007 Tour de France Preview
Some contend that the route of the 2007 Tour de France is easier than usual and certainly easier than the 2006 Tour route.
won the Dauphine Libere, but he will not win the Tour. At 36, the Frenchman peaked long ago, and he has a weak team. He will display time trial competence and climbing strength and will be good enough to place well, but not good enough to win. Pencil Moreau in for tenth.
One rider who will finish outside of the top ten bears watching. He is Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d?Epargne). The rider who took over when team captain Valverde abandoned last year finished second to Floyd Landis (Phonak). Landis tested positive for testosterone, and his case is being adjudicated. If Landis is stripped, Pereiro will become the 2006 Tour champion. However, he will probably not spend one day in the yellow jersey, he will not receive the millions in endorsements that Tour winners get, and he will not enjoy the adulation that Tour winners receive. He will ride for Valverde, sacrificing his own chances in so doing. Oscar Pereiro will finish 11 th.
In other competitions, Robbie McEwen (Predictor) will win the green jersey, Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel) will win the white jersey, and Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) will take the polka dot jersey. Follow the 2007 Tour de France at www.roadcycling.com!