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Strengths, weaknesses, everything to know about the Tour faves

Andrew Hood outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the Tour faves and categorizes them with stars.

Updated: July 29, 2007, 4:09 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPN.com

It's a European tradition to rate Tour de France favorites with a star-rating system. Longtime ESPN.com contributor Andrew Hood is deep within the Eurotrash system, so we offer these pre-Tour predictions of how the favorites will fare:

***** FIVE-STARS *****

• Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana): As cold and icy as the windswept steppes of his native Kazakhstan, "Vino" is the lone five-star favorite in this year's ESPN.com power chart. It's this year or never for ever-aggressive Vinokourov, ...

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