The 100th edition of the Tour de France begins Saturday, just days after 1997 winner Jan Ullrich became the latest to admit blood doping -- joining cycling's brightest-ever star, Lance Armstrong, on the list of tainted athletes. Also noteworthy for 2013: the absence of injured 2012 winner Bradley Wiggins. But all is not lost for cycling fans -- this still is the sport's premier event, and an intriguing two-man battle at the top could make for a memorable race on a special anniversary.


Looking at 2013

Defending winner Bradley Wiggins is out, but Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Tejay van Garderen (left) and Cadel Evans (right) are among the big names in this year's field.

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Will you watch the Tour de France this year?

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    6%
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    14%
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    80%

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Die-hard fan?

Lance Armstrong captured the nation's -- and world's -- attention for seven straight years, and the event hasn't been without its big names since Armstrong stopped racing.

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Have you ever watched the Tour de France?

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    13%
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    36%
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    51%

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Two-man race?

Some believe the race might simply come down to favorite Chris Froome (left) and two-time champion Alberto Contador.

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Who will win the 2013 Tour de France?

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    22%
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    11%
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    67%

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Wiggins out

Defending champion Bradley Wiggins, Britain's first Tour de France winner, will miss this year's race with an injury.

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Are you disappointed 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is sitting out?

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    32%
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    68%

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Big-time bikers

Who better to enjoy the sport's top event than avid cyclists?

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How many days per week do you bike?

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    70%
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    18%
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    8%
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    4%

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Still champion?

In a recent interview, Lance Armstrong insisted he still should be considered Tour de France winner from 1999 to 2005. "No one has manifested to claim my jerseys," he said.

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Do you still consider Lance Armstrong the 1999-2005 Tour de France winner?

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    64%
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    36%

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Still doping?

New team sponsor Belkin recently vowed "zero tolerance" for doping, which has pushed several sponsors out of the sport.

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How much doping remains at the highest level of cycling?

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    73%
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    23%
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    4%

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