Should be a great race this year again. Here is an English version of the official website for anyone who wants more info on the riders or course. The lack of any individual time trial before the race hits the Pyrenees is likely to mean that a lot of the top riders are quite close together at that point and the likes of Heras and Mayo really launching into Armstrong.
The bookmakers here all have Armstrong as favourite, with Ullrich second best, but Ullrich should be favourite for me. He showed what he could do last year despite a horrendous preperation, this year has been better and he should be the man to beat.
The lack of any British riders at all, after David Millar’s drugs confessions, is a disapointment, but the TV coverage is on ITV2 and, even more comprehensively (and live eveey day) on British Eurosport. I would urge anyone who has never seen this race to get tuning in. The ITV2 highlights show especially is a great introduction, they go through all the tactics and everything.
Can one of our American friends clarify the spoiler situation for us here? Are you guys watching live or how much of a delay is there? Most of the coverage in Europe is live or highlights within about 2 or 3 hours of the stage finish, I think.