Recipe For A Great Tour

It's that time of year again when adrenaline is pumping not only on your bicycle, but on your favorite recliner or couch in front of OLN watching the best riders in the world battle it out in the Tour De France.  Put your heart rate monitors on this year while you watch, because it will be a great centennial event.  The historical attraction will be on the fore front of the commentary this year by Phil, Paul and guests designed to enlighten all cyclist of the best race ever.  It is possible that this year could be one of the best races ever when you look at the roster of top notch racers and the physical condition they and their teams are in as we approach the prologue.  Not to mention the sagacious attempt by Lance Armstrong  to match the great Miguel Indurain and his five consecutive win record.   

It is pretty clear that Lance Armstrong (USA) is favored to take the podium again this year, but there are many seasoned and upcoming competitors this year to make things interesting: Tyler Hamilton (USA), Carlos Sastre, Levi Leipheimer (USA), Joseba Beloki, Jose Azevado, Gilberto Simoni, Jan Ullrich, Santiago Botero, Cadel Evans, Paolo Savoldelli, Oscar Sevilla, Roberto Heras, Francisco Mancebo, Ivan Basso, Aitor Gonzalez, and Stefano Garzelli.  There are a number of exceptionally strong teams as well like #1 UCI ranked Seaco/Cannondale, repeat winners of the Tour De France Team Category O.N.C.E., and a roster ready Telekom.  All of this could make it a tough race this year for Lance and the gang.  At least, it is unlikely that the over all winner will be so easily decided as it has been on the first mountain stage.  Throw in some excitement involving the 'Sprinters',  'King of the Mountains' and 'Young Riders' jerseys and you have got a tour to remember.

Put all contents in a 'mixing pot'.  Stir every morning for 3 hours or so, then let contents rise.  Every 24 hours repeat process.  Do not stir on day 12 and day 18.   Day 23 you may digest all contents at your own pace.  CAUTION: Contents may cause sleeplessness, nervousness, chills, back pain, headache, nausea, high blood pressure and lack of awareness on the job.  Do not stir anyone else's contents without permission, doing so may cause them to lose their appetite. 

For more information on the tour check out the 2003 Official Guide to the Tour De France Velo News.
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