Despite the scandals, Tour will still come down to time trial

Updated: July 27, 2007, 8:15 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

This year's Tour de France is turning out to be similar to the 1998 Tour, which was marred by the Festina scandal. Back then, riders and teams were also pulled out of the race and allegations were thrown out at others.

I understood so little about those allegations. I spoke poor French. When races were over, I'd go back to my room, send a few e-mails and watch MTV. When I'd wake up, I'd see these other older riders with bloodshot eyes saying, "Did you hear what happened?" Some of us ...

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