With all the focus on the TOC, it was easy to lose site of another early season race, the Ruta del Sol. Evans,Dekekr,Hoste,Menchov,Flecha,Nuyen,Rebellin,Steegmans,Pozzatto, Geerdemen, and Sanchez are some of the big dogs so that race is no joke, but the Cali overload has knocked this 5 day stage race well off the front page. I guess it makes it like a more traditional early season "race into shape" type race.
Also going under the radar were/are the Tour de Med and the Volta Algarve.
With TDU, Qatar, and TOC forcing teams to up the quality early in the season these more traditional races seem to be getting the short end of the stick. It opens the door for the Continental teams to step it up.
Where is Ivan Dominguez? He signed to Fuji-Servietto and seems to have disappeared?