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These riders could help change tide at Tour

Updated: July 30, 2007, 10:51 AM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPN.com

Youth always engenders hope for the future, and that's just what the 2007 Tour de France needs after a string of crippling doping scandals have brought the once-majestic race to its knees. After yellow jersey holder Michael Rasmussen was hounded out and prerace favorite Alexandre Vinokourov failed tests for a banned blood transfusion, it was hard for U.S. cycling fans to take anything positive (no pun intended) out of this year's Tour.

Despite an American in Paris on the Tour podium ...

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