Wow - huge scandal the day before the Tour starts - Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, two of the favored riders to win won't be riding this year!  The ugly arm of doping in professional cycling is coming down hard.

I believe that if you dope, you should be out.  I just hope that these riders are guilty as charged and not unfairly ensnared in the scandal.  Basso and Ullrich say they're innocent.  Former rider Tyler Hamilton professes his innocence in relation to the  on his site.

I wonder ow long it will take before this new turn of events winds up turning on Lance Armstrong given his ongoing feud with Dick Pound and WADA?

This opens a huge opportunity for George Hincapie to do really well - go George!!!

I'm off on vacation and will do a last bit of training in the interior of British Columbia @ Sun Peaks before doing the Seattle to Portland ride in 1 day.