For the podium:
3. Cadel Evans
I admit to swapping #1 and #2. I think the extreme length of the two TTs play right into the hands of Ullrich now.
Other top 10 placers
Valverde, Leipheimer, Landis, Karpets, Hincapie.
Gotta be able to time trial this time, so as much as i'd like to add Cunego and Mayo as a darkhorses I just can't. Americans are good at it, and the "big three" have shown at various times this year that they can climb. I would be surprised to add Julich to a good placing in spite of the fact that he'll be working for Basso.
Ivan Basso all the way, he's probably going to win. Jan he will not win it, most of the years he should of won a man named Lance won it. Jan was robbed atleast twice from a probable victory, and he might of beat Lance once if he didn't get sick or something like that if I remember correct. King of the Mts. is the second most honorable jersey to win, so who cares, everyone one should.
3.I think we'll be suprised by someone so I'll leave third as an unknown underdog
I think it's Jan's to lose - and he (with the help of the Mob) will. Jan will pick up enough time in the first ITT that he will defend. Then Riis and Bruyneel will work him over good for the rest of the race. Basso should come out on top. Disco will have a good showing by multiple riders, but no podium (never do decide who the leader is). Whoever bides their time and makes the right moves (Landis, Vino, Valverde) will be fighting Jan for second.
I was on the verge of going back to Basso after looking at the splits again in the long Giro TT but after this morning's reports out of Spain the authorities may help out the decision making by taking Jan out mentally if not physically. I think they will be a bit slower kicking him out vs some of the others.
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