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Eddy Merckx has tipped Spaniard Alejandro Valverde for the Tour de France 2007 but ?The Cannibal? has also argues that Oscar Pereiro, Valverde?s team-mate and who stands to win the Tour ?6 if Floyd Landis positive is confirmed, could be a potential winner.

Merckx got out the crystal bowl for July during a visit to the Tour of Qatar - a race which he was partly responsible for creating. Apart from talking to the press, Merckx has been training on some days in the Middle Eastern country with Tom Boonen.

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