It's that time of the year again.
The Tour has just started and it's going to be late nights and bleary eyes for the next three weeks :) We've got a schedule going of sleeping in the afternoon then getting up to watch the Tour between 10 and 2 each night . . . although I can see this going pear shaped and us needing some of our own "rest days" soon.
It's looking like a really interesting bike race this year. Lance Armstrong has announced that it's definitely his last this time, after coming back out of retirement to snag 3rd place last year. He's opened up with a bang, beating last year's winner Alberto Contador by 5 seconds in the opening Time Trial. Still . . . the real test will be whether the 37 year old can still climb mountain after mountain as the ride goes through the Swiss and Spanish alps.
On the other hand, the Schleck brothers, Andy and Frank, 2nd and 5th overall last year respectively will both be expecting to be masters of the hill climbs . . . and that's where they'll be hoping to regain time against Contador that they will inevitably lose in the individual time trials on flat ground.
As for the Australian contingent, Cadel Evans now has a new team built around him and seems to be in decent form, but whether he can turn that into a serious attempt at the podium remains to be seen. Mick Rogers has the weight of HTC Columbia behind him, one of the strongest teams in the tour . . . it'll be very interesting!