I am surprised I have not seen a 2005 TDF thread yet! This could be a very exciting year with Armstrong announcing his retirement. It could be a slow year if Armstrong just rides slow and waves goodbye, but come on, that is NOT the way Armstrong would ever ride. I imagine he is shooting for number 7!!! Who is your favorite for this year? Ullrich, Basso, Vinokourov, Voeckler, McEwen, Mayo, or will we see someone new come shooting to the top? I think the course will be very interesting this year with the individual time trials at the beginning and end of the race, without one in the middle. Though I imagine by the time trial at the end the outcome will already be determined from the mountain stages. The time trial could be very exciting if the few top riders are very close in time. But as with the past years with Armstrong he usually gets a pretty big time gap through the mountains. I hope this year the tour is very exciting and all the riders stay healthy.