I must say I sure did miss him. The Tour de France was quite frankly, very lame without him. Without a doubt the greatest endurance cyclist of all times.
This year is going to be something to watch. With all the talent not only in the Tour overall but on the Astana team it's self, with Alberto "team leader" Lance and Levi. There is going to be some serious fireworks.
Over 2200 miles of hell on wheels. The physical and mental aspects of this race set these guys well above any other athletes. That's not to take away from any other sport and the talented athletes that play the games. This race however pushes everything to the limit. One bad day can destroy an athletes hopes and dreams of victory. It will be an awesome three weeks.