Stash the pointy hats and aero bars until we hit Bordeaux, now the real racing gets underway. While there's no British representation in the men's final at Wimbledon today, there's a genuine contender for today's stage at Le Tour: Mark Cavendish.
Today see the peloton travelling from the Netherlands to Belgium and celebrating the 65th birthday of Eddy Merckx as it passed through the Flanders region and his hometown of Meise. It's hard to see a Belgian winning today, but the dutch Rabobank team might be in with a shout with Oscar Freire their man for the bunch sprint.
It's also Independence Day, 4th of July, so expect the American teams and riders to be in the hunt for the stage win. Expect to see Garmin-Transitions and HTC-Columbia going wheel-to-wheel in the closing kilomtres as they try to set up Tyler Farrar and Mark Cavendish, respectively, for the win. Photographer Graham Watson, on Twitter, reckons Farrar is the man for today: "On yesterday's form, Tyler Farrar should win his first-ever Tour stage today - he was miles faster than his rivals"
The stage passes along the exposed North Sea coast and much is being made of the possibility of crosswinds splitting the bunch. I've said before that riding in the wind seems to be Contador's Achilles heel - he was caught out last year at La Grande Motte and earlier this season in Paris-Nice) - so look to Radioshack to work with other teams (eg Saxo Bank, Team Sky) to try and engineer a split.
Lance Armstrong may not need the time on Contador at the moment but the Schlecks Brothers and Bradley Wiggins certainly could do with clawing back the deficit incurred yesterday.
Action gets underway at 11:20BST and no doubt there'll be an early break featuring a motley selection of French teams trying to get plenty of airtime for their sponsors. Thanks to technology team directors have become adept at telling riders when the live coverage is about to start so they know when to get in the break.
Let me know your predictions for today's stage and any questions you might have and I'll try and drop them into the commentary/answer them before we get to the business end of the race.