Friday, February 15, 2008

Tour of California

The 3rd Tour of California kicks off this Sunday. I'm excited to see who's on form. It's also fun to check out all the new techy crap. Check the versus site for times. The prologue is flat this year. I hate to say it but Hincrapie has a good chance at the victory. My pick for the win is David Millar. I think he'll be challenged by Cancellara, Hincrapie, and Dave Z.

For the overall I've got a dark horse. The previous two TOC's have had a CSC rider in 2nd place (Dave Z and last year Voigt). CSC is too good of a team to be shut out two years in a row. I'm going with Jason McCartney for the win. He finished 3rd last year while riding for Levi. He's a freak climber, and has and amazing engine. Levi will finish 2nd and Dave Z will round of the podium. I hope a couple smaller teams can grab stage wins. As usual watch out for Dominquez in the sprints. He'll be up against bigger pro tour stars this year. Quick Step is bringing Boonen, and Rabobank is bringing Freire and Graeme Brown. I don't know if a domestic guy will get a stage win in the sprints. Fred Rodriguez is riding for Rock Racing and I think that will be there best chance at a stage win. Maybe Ollenshaw can sneak in a breakaway. My top domestic rider pick is Ben Jaque Maynes. He can TT and climb. He's had good results in the TOC. On the climbing stages look for Horner to be up there. He'll support Levi, but he loves getting out in front of the home soil crowd. It should be a great race.

Stay tuned for daily race comments. I'm telling you watch out for J McCartney!

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