Focus on Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome as race gets underway on Corsica

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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.