No prologue, straight into the racing
Stage 1, Porto-Vecchio - Bastia, 213 km
Flattish stage, one for the sprinters. Obviously Mark Cavendish will be massively interested in getting into the yellow jersey for the first time, but everyone will be absolutely wired up to the moon, so I really think it could go to someone like Bouhanni or Goss.
They're already up and running, hasn't gone smoothly for Froomey and the skybots. Froome has punctured and another sky rider needed a bike change in the neutral zone.
For any fellow Irish supporters, Nico Roche is number 97 and Dan Martin is 175
Someone that deserves a special mention I think is Orica's Svein Tuft, riding his first ever TDF at age 36. To date he is probably most remembered for his performance in stage 2 of the 2012 Tirreno Adriatico, where he rode solo in front of the peloton for 200km. During the race, he reportedly burnt 6500 calories. Cav tweeted the following - "Ride of the day.. No, make that ride of the millennium, goes to GreenEDGE’s Svein Tuft. 200km ALONE controlling the peloton! Respect".