A two-time Tour de France winner going for his third in 2010, Contador is the race's favorite. He has won three races already this year: Tour of Algarve, Vuelta de Castilla and Leon and Paris-Nice. He will try to repeat without the support of former teammate Lance Armstrong, who bolted Astana last year to create his own team.
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Coming off a second-place finish in the 2009 Tour, the 25-year-old Schleck is one of the best up and coming riders on the circuit. Having already proven himself to withstand the grind of the Tour de France, Schleck also proved he can adjust to different types of races in winning the Luxembourg Time Trial Championship this year. He will look to become the first Luxembourgian to win the Tour since Charly Gaul in 1958.
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The seven-time Tour champion has struggled through a shaky start to his 2010 season, having been forced to withdraw from two races due to stomach ailments as well as the Tour of California after crashing midway through the race. On top of that, he has been dogged by doping accusations from former cyclist Floyd Landis. Still, Armstrong, who finished third in last year's race, remains one of the heavy favorites in his quest to win an eighth championship.
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A time trial and sprint race force, Wiggins will need to produce in the other stages of the Tour to have a chance at his first career yellow jersey and improve upon last year's fourth-place finish. As a case in point, Wiggins won the opening time trial at the Giro d'Italia to take the leader's jersey but plummeted to a 40th-place finish in the race's final few stages.
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After finishing second in both the 2007 and 2008 Tours, Evans had the worst finish of his career last year, coming in at a disappointing 30th. But he already has started to erase the bad memories of last year's Tour de France with four Top 5 finishes in 2010, including a fifth-place finish in the Giro d'Italia.
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The 2010 Tour will be Basso's first since 2005, after he missed the 2006-08 races due to a doping scandal and a resulting suspension and chose not to participate last year. He set up the Tour with a victory in May's Giro d'Italia, putting his name back on the map as a potential winner. One of the steepest Tour courses in recent memory should bode well for the Italian, who excels in climbing stages.
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Menchov finished fifth in 2006 and third in 2008, but took a step back with a substandard 51st-place finish last year. Menchov's strong resume includes two wins at the Vuelta a Espana and one at last year's Giro d'Italia.
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Cancellara, the reigning time trial world champion, prefaced his upcoming Tour de France run with a victory in a stage of the Tour of Switzerland. Off the field leading up to the Tour, Cancellara has dealt with speculation of cheating by using tiny motors hidden in his bicycle frame.
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Frank Schleck, brother of Andy, finished fifth overall in last year's Tour, winning Stage 17 ahead of his brother and of overall winner Alberto Contador. Schleck beat out Lance Armstrong to win May's Tour of Switzerland.
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The young, 24-year-old Gesink was forced to withdraw from last year's Tour after a crash in Stage 5 led to a broken wrist. Injuries to his knee also slipped him from second to sixth place in last year's Vuelta a Espana.
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