With le Tour just days away everyone is narrowing down their list of riders to watch. Requirements to make those lists probably aren't the same as mine. I doubt dimples, eyes and nice grills are taken into much account by them.
In no particular order the rider, nationality, team and what not:
Gregory Rast - Swiss - RadioShack. Look at the jawline. You'll see him in the front during the flat stages if RadioShack is in yellow.
Yaroslav Popovich - Ukranian - RadioShack. He just puts a smile on my face. When the road turns up he'll be helping the big shots his team, but after awhile he'll drop back.
Ivan Basso - Italian - Liquigas. He actually is really good, winning the Giro in May, but that's not how he made the list. Watch for him near the podium.
Gerald Ciolek - German - Milram. His nickname is Mr. Adorable and these kind of names aren't just given out willy-nilly. He's a sprinter, so he'll be around at the end of flat stages.
George Hincapie - American - BMC. He's Cap't America, the only super power he doesn't have is the ability to avoid crashes...dang, that's the only one he really needs. Look for him to ride in the front for kilometer after kilometer after kilometer.
Thor Hushovd - Norway - Cervelo. He's the God of Thunder. He'll be battling the other spinters on the flat stages, or making crazy breakaways on mountain stages to win the green jersey.
Fabian Cancellara - Swiss - Saxo Bank. He's Fabulous, really that's his name, he usually just goes by his middle name, Fabian. I can guarantee he'll be in the front over the pave in stage 3, and will win the time trials.
Tyler Farrar - American - Garmin-Transitions. Get over the freckles and red hair. When he crosses the line ahead of Cavendish in a sprint everyone smiles.
Mick Rogers - Australian - Columbia. He's cute and Australian...need I say more. He could make a run at the podium.
On a sad note: my boy Chechu Rubiera will not be in the peloton at le Tour and I'm not sure how I'm going to tell my eyes that this.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOCK!!!!