The first grand tour of the 2012 cycling season is set to begin this coming Saturday.  I enjoy the grand tours the most and will be recording the live telecasts each day and replaying them several times.  My favorite teams are Omega Pharma Quickstep and Radio Shack Nissan Trek.  Radio Shack has had an abysmal spring and should hope for redemption in this tour.  I can only hope that the Shleck brothers do a whole lot better.  My favored rider is Levi Leipheimer.  I am doubtful that he will be doing this race, but might instead be focusing on the Amgen Tour of California which begins during the Giro.

Team lineups are shown in the attached article.

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