Tour door opens for Hincapie, Landis, Leipheimer
STRASBOURG, France -- There's no Lance, and after Friday's doping upheaval, there's no Jan or Ivan, either.
With seven-time Lance Armstrong enjoying retirement, the 2006 Tour de France revved up Saturday without a clear candidate.
Pre-race favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso were among nine riders kicked out of the race for links to an alleged blood-doping ring in Spain.
With four of the Top 5 riders from last year's race suddenly out of the picture, this Tour is wide open.