There's huge excitement on Corsica - and indeed around the world - as the island prepares to host the Grand Depart of the 100th edition of the Tour de France tomorrow, and one man who's ridden the race, Dan Lloyd, is clearly swept up in it, his enthusiasm shining through this fact-packed Week 1 Preview video from IG Cycling where the principal focus are on the British riders who hope to be in the maillot jaune at the start and finish of the race.
Those men of course are new British champion Mark Cavendish, whose aiming to win tomorrow's opening stage, and Chris Froome, the big favourite to move a step higher on the podium from last year's runner-up spot to succeed Sir Bradley Wiggins as winner of cycling's biggest race.
Meanwhile, GCN, where Lloyd is lead presenter, have produced flythrough stage route videos - here are the ones for the opening three days on Corsica. Now that teams have had a chance to properly recce the route, the word coming back from the Mediterranean island is that Stage 2 and Stage 3, which looked tough enough on paper, are likely to prove much harder to race and even this early on could prove influential in determining who will battle it out for the maillot jaune.
Stage 1 flythrough from IG Cycling
Stage 2 flythrough from IG Cycling
Stage 3 flythrough from IG Cycling
Finally, here's GCN look at 10 riders beyond the big-name favourites for the overall and the points classification who may well make an impact on the race over the next three weeks.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.