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Saturday, July 03, 2004
RAFTSIB

What's that crazy word in the title of this post, you ask? Well it's only the great race in all of sport. That's right the Race Around France That Starts In Belgium, or as it's more popularly known, the Tour de France, Le Tour.

For the next 3 weeks you can expect a steady diet of updates from not just the baseball universe. I'm a tour junkie, I wake up early just to listen to the audio feeds of important stages. Sadly, I don't have OLN. Though perhaps that is a good thing. I'd, no doubt, waste countless hours in front of the TV watching replays of the days highlights if i did.

I'm not just one of those people who jumped on the Lance bandwagon back in 1999 either. I'm 24, and I can remember watching Lemond and Hinault, and later Lemond Fignon battling it out. I've done a bunch of cross-state bicycle tours, and even a few through the Rocky Mountains, but I can hardly imagine the amount of work that those guys do.

Here's a gratuitous shot of me on top of Monarch pass in Colorado a couple of years ago. I've since upgraded bikes, to a gorgeous titanium Lemond.

So on with my Tour predictions.

Overall (yellow jersey)
1. Tyler Hamilton
2. Jan Ulrich
3. Lance Armstrong
4. Iban Mayo
5. Oscar Sevilla -- Wild Card, I think he may be the reason Tyler wins

Points (green jersey) -- Not a bold prediction, but He's just that much faster than everyone else. --
Alessandro Petacci

Mountains (polka-dot jersey) -- Hardest to predict, it's often won by someone who goes on long breakaways. --
Roberto Heras
Richard Virenque
Iban Mayo

Prolouge
1. McGee
2. Ulrich
Lance ~ 6th
Tyler ~ 8th
Mayo ~ 21st