Overlapping with that final practice session, the Qualifying begins around lunchtime, will be the second test between Australia and the British and Irish Lions with our boys looking to seal the series win with one test remaining, and just as the rugby test finishes so the 100th Tour De France will begin in Corsica with, should all things go to plan, a British rider in yellow at the end of the first stage - Cav. The first day or three in Corsica takes us into the late afternoon when, if you still haven't the energy to take the family pet for a walk or drive the wife to the supermarket, Wimbledon is available until it gets too dark to see a bright yellow ball hurtling towards you at 80 m.p.h. If you are desperate to watch football then Uruguay v Italy is the 3rd/4th place play-off match in the Confederations Cup at that begins at 5 p.m U.K time.
Tomorrow there is much of the same, second stage of Le Tour, more Wimbledon and the Brazil v Spain match and of course the British Grand Prix takes centre stage for two hours after lunchtime and if it does rain then there is a good chance that we might see another British winner as both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button stand more chance of being on the podium if conditions are a bit on the damp side.
Anyway back to the first stage and the relatively flat stage from Porto Vecchio to Bastia ends with the real chance of a win for a sprinter and I can't think of a better end to the stage than seeing Mark Cavendish led out by a couple of his team mates and cross the line to take his 24th stage win and start the second stage in the famous yellow jersey.
As for the overall race winner this has to be one of the most open Tours for years. The return of Alberto Contador does not fill me with any sense of excitement simply because he is a proven drugs cheat and shouldn't be seen anywhere near a professional bike race in my opinion but he will be one of the contenders for the G.C (General Classification = overall leader) as will Cadel Evans, Richie Porte, Andy Schleck and of course old Froomedog himself Chris Froome. The rider providing the most entertainment will probably be Jens Voight who is cycling's Mr Nice Guy as well as being, at 41, cyclings Mr Old Bugger. Voight is a very funny, very forthright German who doesn't take prisoners, much the same as our own David Millar, there is no P.R bullshit with Voight and he must be a nightmare for his teams public relations officer.
Predictions? Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Richie Porte to be on the podium on July 21st in Paris.