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The Cafe Previews All the Interesting Riders of Le Tour!

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Hey all -- you've probably noticed that our community project previewing the riders is underway. We've asked some of the editors, and invited everyone else, to pick five guys and give us your take. The end product is not only one of the most useful guides to the race anywhere in existence, but a demonstration of the power of community. Not only do you all bring the unique voices and cumulative depth of knowledge, but you also enable us to cover more riders than any beat writer or three would ever have the strength and sanity to do on their own.

To make this more useful, I am creating this page as a repository for all those previews. See someone who interests you? See an unfamiliar name you want to know more about? Click the link and hear what somebody here has to say. The names without links are guys I am suggesting are worthy of discussion, but feel free to go beyond my suggestions when submitting your preview. And even if there's something up, feel free to add to the discussion. Full list on the flip.

[*Freshly updated!] 66 76 83 Riders previewed so far! And more on the way. Keep checking the Fanposts sidebar.

Let's alphabetize...


Yukia Arashiro, Bbox Bouygues

David Arroyo, Caisse d'Epargne

Lance Armstrong, Shack

Stéphane Augé, Cofidis 


Alessandro Ballan, BMC

Michael Barry, Sky... and another!

Ivan Basso, Liquigas

Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sky... and another one!

Lars Boom, Rabobank

Jani Brajkovic, Shack

Matti Breschel, Saxo Bank

Marcus Burghardt, BMC


Fabian Cancellara, Saxo Bank

Eros Capecchi, Footon

Manuel Cardoso, Footon

Sandy Casar, FdJ

Mark Cavendish, HTC

Dimitri Champion, AG2R

Sylvain Chavanel, Quick Step

Gerald Ciolek, Milram... and another one!

Alberto Contador, Astana 

Rui Costa, Caisse d'Epargne

Steve Cummings, Sky

Damiano Cunego, Lampre


Julian Dean, Garmin... and another!

Dries Devenyns, Quick Step

Remy Di Gregorio, FdJ


Martin Elmiger, AG2R

Cadel Evans, BMC


Tyler Farrar, Garmin... and another one!

Fabio Felline, Footon

Mattias Frank, BMC

Oscar Freire, Rabobank

Jakob Fuglsang, Saxo Bank 


John Gadret, AG2R... and another one!

Cyril Gautier, Bbox Bouygues

Linus Gerdemann, Milram

Robert Gesink, Rabobank... and another one!


Ryder Hesjedal, Garmin

George Hincapie, BMC... and another one!

Danilo Hondo, Lampre

Chris Horner, Shack

Jeremy Hunt, Cervelo... and another! and a third!

Robbie Hunter, Garmin

Thor Hushovd, Cervelo... and another one!


Serguei Ivanov, Katusha


Vlad Karpets, Katusha

Andreas Klier, Cervelo

Andreas Kloden, Shack

Christian Knees, Milram

Alexandr Kolobnev, Katusha

Roman Kreuziger, Liquigas ... and another one! and a third!


Christophe Le Mével, FdJ

Levi Leipheimer, Radio Shack...and another one! And one more!!

Thomas Lofkvist, Sky


Martijn Maaskant

Tony Martin

Robbie McEwen

Denis Menchov, Rabobank... and another!

David Millar, Garmin

Maxime Monfort, HTC  


Daniel Oss, Liquigas


Rémi Pauriol, Cofidis

Alessandro Petacchi, Lampre

Jérôme Pineau, Quick Step


Manuel Quinziato, Liquigas


Gregory Rast, Shack

Mark Renshaw, HTC

Luke Roberts, Milram

Nicholas Roche, AG2R... and another!

Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha

Michael Rogers, HTC

Pierre Rolland, Bbox Bouygues

JJ Rojas Gil, Caisse d'Epargne

Anthony Roux, FDJ


Luis Leon Sanchez Gil, Caisse d'Epargne

Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel

Carlos Sastre, Cervelo 

Andy Schleck, Saxo Bank... and another!

Frank Schleck, Saxo Bank

Chris Anker Sorensen, Saxo Bank

Wesley Sulzberger, FdJ


Rein Taraamae, Cofidis

Amets Txurruka, Euskaltel


Stijn Vandenbergh, Katusha

Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Omega Pharma

Christian Vande Velde, Garmin

Johan Van Summeren, Garmin

Alexandr Vinokourov, Astana... and another!

Thomas Voeckler, Bbox Bouygues

Nicholas Vogondy... and another!!

Jens Voigt, Saxo Bank


Charlie Wegelius, Omega Pharma

Bradley Wiggins, Sky


David Zabriskie, Garmin

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