Tour De France '06

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The 93rd edition of the Tour de France is upon us. In 21 days the Tour will cover more than 3650 kilometers (2268 miles). The riders are tuned up and equipped with the latest High Definition Optics (HDO®) and are ready for what will be the greatest show on earth for the month of July. The main contenders looking to bring the Yellow Jersey back to Paris are riders such as Phonak’s Floyd Landis, Discovery’s Yaroslav Popovich and George Hincapie, Lotto’s Cadel Evans and AG2R’s Christophe Moreau. Since each rider has their own preferences in style, we have given them the ability match their eyewear to their team colors with OCE (Oakley Custom Eyewear). Some riders like to keep things simple and use one specific glass for everything; rain, wind, sun and shade, that is where Transitions lenses will come in, as they adapt to the roads as conditions change, to let the riders see what others can’t.

During the first week, look for riders such as David Millar, Michael Rogers and Bobby Julich to set the bar in the prologue. Throughout the first week, look for attacks in the group which will most likely come back to the peloton in the final kilometer, giving spectacular sprint finishes. This is where you will see guys like Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen and Thor Hushovd "battle it out" for the Sprinters coveted Green Jersey. Once the Tour crosses the top of France, the first of two individual time trials from Sainte Gregoire to Rennes will certainly wake up one or two of the favorites, before they head into the mountains a few days later. When the peloton arrives to stage 10 in the mountains, it’s game on! This will be the first major test for the 2006 Tour de France. Look for Iban Mayo, Carlos Sastre, Chris Horner and Paulo Salovedelli to do some major pace setting here. Once the peloton exits the Alps, there’s one final individual time trial before the tour heads back into Paris, there you will see who will bring the yellow jersey back into Paris to claim the overall title of Tour de France Champion. The most asked question leading up to this year’s tour is, Who will win? The only truthful answer for now is, you never know, we will all have to wait and see.

ROBBIE McEWEN (AUSTRALIA)

  • One of the best sprinters in the world.
  • Winner of 3 stages at the Giro of Italy 2006.
  • 25 victories in 2005 (3 stages at the Tour of France, 3 stages at the Giro, stage at the Tour of Suisse)

CADEL EVANS (AUSTRALIA)

  • All around rider.
  • Top ten at the Tour of France 2005.
  • Winner of the Tour of Romandie 2006.
  • Winner of the Tour of Austria 2004.
  • Wears Half Jacket.

MICHAEL ROGERS (AUSTRALIA)

  • One of the best Time Trial riders in the world
  • 3 time Time trial World Champion.
  • Wears Zeros for Time Trial.

STUART O’GRADY (AUSTRALIA)

  • All around rider and good sprinter.
  • One of the favorites to win the green jersey (points classification) during the Tour.
  • Tour stage winner.

IBAN MAYO (SPAIN)

  • One of the best climbers.
  • Winner of the most difficult stage of Dauphiné Libéré 2006.
  • Alpe D’Huez winner in 2003.
  • Winner of the Dauphiné Libéré 2004.

CARLOS SASTRE (SPAIN)

  • Very good climber and team worker.
  • Stage winner at the Tour de France 2004.
  • Top ten at the Tour 2004.
  • 2nd at the General classification of the Vuelta of Spain 2005.

PAOLO SAVOLDELLI "THE FALCON" (ITALY)

  • All around rider.
  • Winner of the Giro of Italy 2005.
  • Prologue winner of the Giro 2006.
  • Stage winner at the Tour of France 2005.
  • Prologue winner of the Tour of Romandie 2006.

THOR HUSHOVD (NORWAY)

  • One of the best sprinters in the world.
  • Green jersey winner at the Tour of France 2005.
  • Stage winner at the Dauphiné 2006.
  • Gant Wevelgem winner 2006.
  • Stage winner of Volta a Catalunya 2006.

CHRISTOPHE MOREAU (FRANCE)

  • Best french rider on the Tour.
  • 2nd at the General classification of Dauphiné 2006.
  • Two times on the Top Ten of the Tour.
  • Winner of the Prologue of the Tour in 2001 and Yellow Jersey.

YAROSLAV POPOVYCH (UKRAINE)

  • One of the most talented young riders.
  • Best young rider of the Tour 2005. White jersey.
  • Winner of the Volta a Catalunya 2005.
  • 5th at the Giro of Italy 2004.

DAVID MILLAR (GREAT BRITAIN)

  • Time trial rider.
  • Stage winner of the Tour de France 2003.

Floyd Landis (USA)

  • Wears Zeros & M Frames.
  • Very strong TT.
  • Winner of the tour of California 2006.
  • Winner of Paris-Nice 2006.
  • Winner of Tour of Georgia 2006.

George Hincapie (USA)

  • Wears Racing jacket with Transitions lenses.
  • favorite for prologue.
  • Stage Winner in 2005 Tour de France.
  • 2x stage winner in Tour of California.
  • Winner of Gent-Wevelgem 2001.
  • Winner of BMC San Francisco Grand Prix 2001.
  • Winner of Three Days of DePanne, Overall 2004.

Bobby Julich (USA)

  • RX Athlete.
  • Very strong TT.
  • Winner of prologue Paris nice 2006.
  • Winner of Paris-Nice 2005.
  • Winner of Tour of Benelux 2005.
  • Olympic Bronze Medalist – Time Trial-2004.
  • 1998 Tour de France, Overall – 3rd Place.

Chris Horner (USA)

  • Wears Pro M Frames.
  • Stage Winner Tour of Romandie 2006.
  • Stage Winner Tour de Suisse 2005.
  • Stage and overall Winner of Sea Otter Classic 2004.
  • Four-Time Redlands Bicycle Classic Overall Champion (2000, ’02-04)
  • Winner of T-Mobile International, San Francisco 2003.
  • Winner of Tour de Georgia 2003.
  • Winner of Sea Otter Classic 2002.
  • Winner of Tour de Langkawi 2000.