I just read this now. Working for free? I dunno bout that!
I personally don't think he'll have much of a chance of winning, but at least it'll be fun to watch the Tour again...
...but I suspect he is just trying to make sure Astana gets invited to the Tour this year.
I doubt that will be an issue next year even without Lance. Astana is making the ASO look silly for not inviting them to the Tour. Contador won the Giro and he and Leiphiemer are 2nd and 3rd currently at the Vuelta.
I wouldn't doubt him winning. I think he's definately go to bring his A game despite his absence. This guys mentality is probably melleniums beyond any of his competitors.
"This is my body and I can do whatever I want to it. I can push it. Study it. Tweak it. Listen to it. Everybody wants to know what I'm on. What am I on? I'm on my bike busting my ass six hours a day. What are you on?"
I never got into cylcing till past year but I always followed him due to the fact my french teacher made us watch highlights of the races for 4 years that she recorded VCR style. She was awesome. No work, no reading, no nothing, we just watched the tour for a week outta the year.