Tyler Hamilton is out of the race with back problems! That sucks; he was supposed to challenge Armstrong this year.
The Tour de Lance is underway, but good for Thomas Voekler -- he got dropped on every big climb, but still made it back to the main pack to keep the maillot jaunce for another day.
Looks like those who said a slimmer Ullrich was a good thing were wrong; he does look weak. And Mayo seems to be hurting too. I wonder if anybody will be able to close that gap. So far, the race-within-a-race looks to be Ivan Basso and Lance; the final two stages have ended Basso-Armstrong and Armstrong-Basso, and he's only about 2 mins off the lead. Here's hoping for a good races -- Col des Limoges is Tue, and the time trial up L'Alpe d'Huez is Wed.