VN's Andy Hood has a pretty significant interview with Christian Prudhomme running today, where the Tour de France Director gives some useful insight into their team selection. A few nuggets... but then read the rest over there.
On the defending Champ:
Hm, so this isn't about Operacion Puerco... kind of a relief. On to Slipstream:
Holy shit! Talking with the team, loves the American$ (devalued dollar and all)... I think they're going to get an invite!
Anyway, I shouldn't borrow any more here. Check it out. I'll just add that it's nice to at least hear some of the standards they're applying, so that when teams get excluded, we'll (maybe) know why.