ESPN.com - OLY/TDF2006 - Contenders Ullrich, Basso barred from Tour de France
STRASBOURG, France -- The Tour de France was stripped of three of its biggest names on Friday after Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso and Francisco Mancebo were named in a doping investigation in Spain. Obviously Lance Armstrong won the Tour last year. But Basso finished second, Ullrich was third and Mancebo fourth, making them all frontrunners to win the Tour this year.
My whole world is crashing at my feet. I feel like I've been punched in the stomach. I can't even editorialize yet. Just take in the news and try to process it.
The Tour starts TOMORROW people!