I know he's on a weak team but what about Ivan Basso? He was phenomenal before the suspension.
I'm inclined to agree that Armstrong wouldn't have come back if he didn't have at least a fantasy of winning. Schleck, Sastre, Menchov and Contador are more likely. Bruyneel might have an equally likely fantasy of three riders on the podium. Bruyneel has the toughest job - dealing with the egos - getting the team to work for the GC contender and not waiting too long to decide who that is.
All that said, Armstrong's fallback reason may be the publicity - he wants to promote the cancer issue, he might want to enter politics.
I know Armstrong isn't the team leader but what happens if he leaves everyone in the dust on a mountain climb like he's done in the past?
Phil and Paul Bingo:
Tour de France 2009 Phil and Paul Bingo Game - Bike Hugger
"It's a common pastime amongst cycling fans to watch Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin create (and repeat) some of the most creative play-by-play vocabulary in sports history. So enjoyable is the past time that I've seen people play drinking games around their sayings.
Where else can a yellow-jersey wearer be referred to as "Little Tommy Voekler" or can you hear about someone digging into their "suitcase of courage." Years ago I found a site with an adaptation of the drinking game into a bingo board, and for this tour I thought we'd update it.
We're proud to present the Tour de France 2009 BikeHugger Bingo game. Download the PDF and play along at home. Pick a board, and each day the first person to complete bingo on a board (five across, down or diagonal) and post a picture of it to that days Hub page wins a bit of bike schwag. Each day you have to start over, you can't continue from the previous day's board. The person who wins the most Bingo games by the end of the tour wins a new George Hincapie DVD.
We'll be playing live during our live chat days, like the chat we're going to do on July 5th for the first full day of the Tour de France 2009.
Grab the PDF file below and play along for chances to win great prizes.
Anyone know if Jason MCartney from Coralville is in the Tour?
McCartney is not riding the TdF.
News from this morning: Tom Boonen won his appeal, and will be allowed to ride this year's tour. This should add some excitement to the first week or so, with some quality sprint finishes. Thor Hushovd probably isn't happy with that decision.
Ya, Lance is such a selfish jerk that he started his own non-profit foundation to fight cancer and raise unbelievable amounts of money. Give me break.