The 99th Tour de France starts on Saturday night with a 6.4 kilometre time trial in Liege, Belgium.
Rain is forecast and withseveral corners on the course and the variable quality of the road surface riders will have to be careful.
The 198 starters will begin at one-minute intervals and each rider will take roughly eight minutes to cover the short time trial course
Cadel Evans, as defending champion, is the last rider scheduled.
The 3,500 kilometre tour takes in three countries, Belgium, Switzerland and France before finishing in Paris on July the 22nd.