Good morning all. Time to shake up the GC a little bit. We're back on the mainland in Nice. The course is flat as a pancake, and there's only a few corners, so it's all about raw power. Expect the weaker teams like Saur Sojasun, Euskaltel, etc. to lose buckets of time.
Ye all know the big contenders here.
Garmin out and out favourites. Sky and OPQS will be hampered by injuries to their key time trialists, Geraint Thomas and Tony Martin respectively. BMC and Saxo Tinkoff should be there or thereabouts as well. Movistar a very outside bet.
Big news for any fellow Irish fans out there, if Saxo Tinkoff slightly upset the odds, Nico Roche will pull on the yellow jersey. If overwhelming favourites Garmin win, then it will be Brit David Millar.
(Bold indicates leading time)
Start times (All CET!):
15:15 Argos-Shimano RESULT :27.43
15:19 Omega Pharma–Quick Step RESULT :25.57
15:23 Lotto-Belisol RESULT :26.13
15:27 Cannondale RESULT :26.30
15:31 Cofidis RESULT :27.16
15:35 FDJ.fr RESULT :26.38
15:39 Belkin RESULT :26.33
15:43 Garmin-Sharp RESULT :26.13
15:47 Euskaltel-Euskadi RESULT :27.20
15:51 Sky RESULT :25.59
15:55 Katusha RESULT :26.24
15:59 Sojasun RESULT :27.06
16:03 Astana RESULT :26.52
16:07 Movistar Team RESULT :26.15
16:11 Team Saxo-Tinkoff RESULT :26.05
16:15 Europcar RESULT :27.09
16:19 AG2R La Mondiale RESULT :27.00
16:23 Orica–GreenEdge RESULT :25.56
16:27 Lampre-Merida RESULT :26.21
16:31 Vacansoleil-DCM RESULT :26.29
16:35 BMC Racing Team RESULT :26.22
16:39 RadioShack-Leopard RESULT :26.25