So the ’06 Giro is finally over. And thank fÂµÂ¢&ing God. Sure, the seven years of bad Tour luck in the form of Lance Armstrong (brought on, I’m told, by Pantani breaking his Coke mirror) delivered more than their fair share of dull Grand Tours. But now, with the Texan retired, to have the light at the end of the tunnel turn out to be an oncoming Ivan Basso? Not what I wanted to see. Say what you will about the Armstrong Tours, but at least they had subplots – some nice duels for the Green Jersey, Cipo’ racking up more stage wins and fines in a week than most riders see in a career, Team T-Meltdown, and that whole Simeoni thing. It may have been boring, but it was never dull.