There are fighting words among some of the German contenders, and Lionel Sanders just gave his upper lip freedom from that well known mustache. Despite several famous male pros missing in action - the field looks very deep and strong anyway, and I think we can expect some real fireworks. Maybe the race is even more exciting than with Frodeno in it.
In the women's race all eyes are on Daniela and Lucy but could someone else spoil the party?
What about the weather? There is talk of rain, and will that cause accidents in town, especially with folks coming down hot and fast on Palani?
Race time is in 18 hours, so get on it.
In the vein of cheering for guys charging hard on the bike of the pedigree of Wolfgang, Hellriegel, Faris, Stadler and even Mecca stealing a win leveraging his bike posse, I have to go for anyone who drives the bike hard to create a gap on that leg... So any heroics from Starkey, Amberger, Kienle, Wurf and Sanders will be greatly appreciated.