[u]Why Barack Obama won't be the next US President[/u]
The optimism of four years ago has vanished, the economy continues to struggle and there is little discernible difference from George Bush's much-maligned tenure, with Guantanamo Bay still open for business in spite of promises otherwise. Support from minorities is dwindling, with African-American and, to a lesser extent, Latino voters gradually losing faith, and it won't take a huge shift for traditionally Republican states like North Carolina and Florida, which Obama won by slim margins in 2008, to swing back to the right. History is against him too, with Bill Clinton the only Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to have been elected for two terms.
[u]Why Spain won't win Euro 2012[/u]
The European Championship has never been retained,...
[b]Tobias Gourlay saddles up for the 2011 Tour de France, which begins in unusual fashion, but might just have a familiar winner on stage one.[/b]
The start of the [b]Tour de France[/b] usually brings a prologue and an opportunity to go large on Fabian Cancellara to wear the race's first yellow jersey. Not this year.
Le Tour begins in the Vendee with a full 191.5km stage from Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes. The peloton might be battered by crosswinds, but the stage profile is pretty flat until the final fourth-category climb.
The climb is not hard enough to separate the overall contenders, but it might sort the pure sprinters from more powerful classics specialists like Philippe Gilbert (2.44) and Thor Hushovd (8.2), who lead today's Stage Winner market. Gilbert dominates...