The Astana team look set to dominate and despite the justified media interest in Lance Armstrong, he’s not strong enough to replace team leader Alberto Contador, available at evens with William Hill.

King of the Mountains

With the main competition to Cofidis’s David Moncoutié taking the polka dot jersey either banned for drug-taking or otherwise engaged battling for the overall classification, back the Frenchman at 11/4 with Stan James.

Mark Cavendish

If the British sprinter makes it to Paris, chances are he’ll be wearing green (evens with Paddypower). But can he repeat his four stage wins of last year? Paddypower make that a 7/2 shot.