Mayo's back, Levi's win is nearly complete

Even if he is wearing #1 due to his 2004 Dauphiné win, Iban Mayo is not the rider I expected to see winning the this year's Stage 6 from Briançon - La Toussuire. Mayo was placed under high expectations after that 2004 win but he failed to deliver a month later in the Tour de France and was winless in 2005. Today's stage win and yesterday's second place finish should mean that we see much more crazy Basque climbing out of Mayo in the Tour.

Levi continues to be strong in his defense of the overall. If he wins, he'll get to join the ranks of Armstrong, Indurain, and Hinault as winners of this Tour-de-France tune-up. Levi seems to be the only Tour contender that wants to showoff his form right now. For whatever reason, Landis seems to not be in the same class he was earlier this season (did he peak too early?), Ullrich continues to have minor health issues though a strong TT effort in the Giro, and Vino has shown no hints of great form yet.

Yesterday's stage 5 brought victory to French rider Ludovic Turpin on home soil. Whlie this was cause for great celebration in France, the celebration is short-lived as Turpin broke his femur today and will not be able to give France a similar victory in this year's Tour.

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