Oh yeah, that thing in July with more drug use than a dead show is still around for ’08.
The Tour de France has been given a major overhaul for 2008 as organisers try to revamp the tarnished race.
Time bonuses have been scrapped and for the first time since 1966 the race will not start with a solo time trial, but with a 195km stage to open the Tour.
A brutal climb up L’Alpe d’Huez follows ahead of the showpiece finish in Paris.
“We want the Tour to rediscover its romanticism,” said Tour director Christian Prudhomme. “It means the plot will not be obvious.” Source: news.bbc.co.uk
Will the drug use be obvious?
Teams are also no longer guaranteed entry, even if they are in possession of a ProTour license.
BBC Radio 5live’s Peter Slater commented: “That could cause problems for the Astana squad, who left in disgrace last summer after their star rider Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive.”
Astana is looking at miles of bad road next year. Even without Vino, they’re tainted. Can you imagine if they got denied entry with all the former Postal/Disco riders/personnel they’ve got now?
It’d be like pink cookies in a plastic bag being crushed by a building.by