Chris did a great job predicting, I can't even come close to his post. Because really, all things being equal, only an idiot (like me) would not predict Basso and Ullrich on the podium as one two.
Even with the Basso Ullrich dominance the field is wide open for surprises, because, you know, it's bike racing and anything can happen. For instance, Basso could eat a Simoni omelet
(GS: Here Ivan, I made this lovely omelet for you to apologize for my bad behavior after the Giro.
IB: Why thank you Gibo, no hard feelings, the whole world knows what a dick you are when you lose. Say, what's this funny taste?)
and lose twenty minutes in the mountains.
Or Ullrich could ride off the side of the road, but this time nobody waits. (No gifts.)
And just like that, the two main contenders are out of contention. What would the podium look like then? Here's a few imagined scenarios.
First off, there's the "Let's really piss off the French" podium:
Landis, Hincapie, Leiphimer
The "How the heck do you pronounce their names" podium:
Honchar, Plouhinec, Poischke
The "tribute to former podium placers" podium:
Axel (I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat) Merckx, Sebastian (no relation) Hinault, Nicholas (little Ja Ja) Jalabert
The "really really really long shot" podium:
DiLuca, Gardzelli, Beloki
I did this one in the dream podium thread but I'll do it again here. The "old nice guys finish first" podium:
Voigt, Zabel, Ekimov
And finally, the "Basso and Ullrich are out of contention and Astanta-Wurth are riding" podium:
Vinokourov, Valverde, Landis
Well, that was pointless but more fun than working. Feel free to add your own.