Happy Birthday, Olivia! Or Joyeux anniversaire since you’re living in France you lucky gal and able to watch the Tour de France!

Happy 95th Birthday to Olivia de Havilland,

without whom Errol Flynn and adventure films would have been nothing much!

If you’re interested in her autobiography, it still hasn’t come out, but there is Sisters: The Story of Olivia De Havilland and Joan Fontaine. If you think you and your sister had issues . . . . Wow!

By Charles Higham.

If you’re interested in the Tour de France, so are we!  Let the thrills and spills and mountain chills begin. And ok, the pure wackiness.

 This year we’ll rooting for  . . . .

Cadel Evans to win!

Best Sprinter: Manx Missile Mark Cavendish!

World Road Champion Thor Hushvod to take the Time Trial. (7/3/11 Thank you Thor!)

some great riding from Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins

and up on the mountains, we think we’ll see our intrepid, enduring American Musketters: Chris Horner, George Hincapie, & Levi Leipheimer

Want to enter the Versus fantasy cycling challenge and win a trip to next year’s Tour? We did.

You can go the Traveler’s Insurance, Fantasy Cycling Challenge and enter your team  to win, and also chek up on how we’re doing with our team: Century Club!

We wanted Mark Cavendish, but he was just too expensive for our $500 budget and while we love, love, love Mark and feel he will win a few stages, we don’t think he can take the Tour.  Also, while we expect a great challenge from the Brothers Schleck, particularly Frank, we think Andy is going home a bridesmaid this year (but will win in 2012).

FAB’s Fantasy Cycling Team —

The Century Club:

Thor Hushovd (NOR)

Sebastian Lang (GER)

Ryder Hesjedal (CANADA)

Jurgen Van De Walle (BEL)

Mark Renshaw (AUSSIE) Cadel Evans (AUSSIE)

Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Hubert Dupont (FRA)

Bradley Wiggins (UK) Geraint Thomas (UK) David Millar  (UK)

Levi Leipheimer (USA) Chris Horner (USA) Jeffry Louder (USA) George Hincapie (USA)

We’ve no idea why 10 of our 15 riders turned out to be from English-speaking countries.
We based our picks our age of riders, height/weight of riders, musicality of the name, experience, and drive.

We’re a bit embarrassed we picked Mark Renshaw after last year’s head butting incident, however we feel he’s a great lead out guy whose learned his lesson and coming off a 2010 season that was bogged down by Barr-Epstein, and a TDF disqualification, he’s probably way hungry for wins and likely to be crossing the finish lines close to the front every time.

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