Agree with original post, Tour is over as a spectacle. Either Contador or Lance will win, we know this after 4 stages, how is that not obvious. TTT should be banned from Tour as it awards team strength over individuality even though the GC is an individual event.
If people cannot see that having Contador, Lance, Leipheimer, Kloeden on different teams would be far more ineteresting, then you really dont have a clue. The best Tours have always been closely contested affairs between riders and teams, this one is not even close.
Andy Schleck is the closest real non Astana GC contender at almost 2 minutes down and what rider is going to ride away from Astana in the mountains as Sastre did last year. Guys might be allowed to take stage victories, that will be it.
The only big question is the possible conflict between the Astana guys but if Contador takes time out of Lance on the first mountain stages, thats it.
Yeah, real exciting, all the people that have suddenly appeared on here the last few weeks should be made watch the 89 Tour to know what an exciting race is. If this Tour turns into a classic, then I will happily return in 3 weeks and grovel. In classic, I mean on the level of 89, 87, 86, 98, 06, 07, 08 or even 03, 90, 91.
The Spring Classics are much more fun and interesting but I guess most on here barely know what a Classic is.