Astana is being kept out of all ASO organized cycling events. This includes the Tour de France and Paris Nice. No Levi and no defending champ in this years tour. It's opened the door for a first time winner. I think this will light the fire for Astana at the Tour of Cali. They're going to come out swinging.
So who is the favorite for the tour?
Well, watch out for CSC. I'm sure they have something up their sleeve. Andy Schleck's performace in last year's Giro makes him a danger in any grand tour. I'm not a big Menchov fan but he has to be in the discussion. In a course that favors the climbers I don't know if Micheal Rogers has a shot. CSC has good tactics they'll be gunning for it.