Tour de France chiefs are set to end months of waiting by unveiling the route that they hope will provide another exciting race for the famous yellow jersey in 2009. You can see the presentation live on BikeRadar.com at 11.30am CEST (10:30BST).
It appears - according to reports online - there are few secrets left concerning next year's race route.
From just outside
A combination of flat and rolling stages could lead the peloton through the south-west of
Although yet to be confirmed, a slightly unusual final week could see the peloton tackle a few more summit finishes in the Alps, with a second time trial being touted around the
The big news everyone wants confirmed is whether, as some reports have claimed, the Tour will tackle the difficult climb to the summit of Mont Ventoux on stage 20, the penultimate stage of the race.
In the months since Spaniard Carlos Sastre claimed overall victory, a host of stage and jersey winners - including Austrian Bernard Kohl and Stefan Schumacher of
But a bigger question on the minds of some fans will be whether seven-time champion Lance Armstrong will take part.
After recently announcing he is coming out of retirement, the 37-year-old American has since placed a question mark on whether he will participate in next July's epic, which begins in the Principality of Monaco.
"Before I announced my return, I contacted the organisers, but they didn't respond," Armstrong said recently.
"Is it possible they wouldn't invite me to the Tour? Anything is possible, but it would be incredible. I want to be in
Last week Armstrong confirmed he would definitely race the Giro d'Italia, which is held a month before the Tour, for the first time.