What will follow for the competitors is almost a month of the hardest, most competitive riding they will ever face.
So, on the day before, how does one prepare for such a grueling event? To find out, let’s turn to the most accessible of all professional cyclists, Lance Armstrong (thanks, Twitter).
* Wake up in glorious, sunny Monaco.
* Strap on a pair of LIVESTRONG-themed trainers and head down to your bike.
* Do a few circuits of the Stage 1 time-trial course, learning every curve and dip.
* Meet Laurent Fignon, a.k.a. The Professor (have blurry picture taken).
* Grab a bite to eat with Bono of U2 fame.
* Write thoughtful blog post entitled Why I Ride.
* Unveil latest in a string of artist-designed custom Treks, for use in Stage 1.
* Go to sleep and dream of yellow jerseys.
Tomorrow, Lance will be focused on putting in a good first day, ultimately aiming for that eighth win. I’ll be spending the first half of the day in Thetford Forest getting muddy, and the second half glued to the television.