Analysts and commentators will no doubt pore over the course of the 2018 Tour de France and offer up their wares, but what do the big stars who'll actually ride it think?
"This route really motivates me": Richie Porte
Richie Porte told Tasmanian newspaper The Examiner the unveiling of the 2018 course was the ideal catalyst for his return to racing on the weekend and to his ultimate recovery from that 2017 Tour de France crash.
"This route really motivates me to put in the big miles early in order to be there in top form," Porte told The Examiner.
Like Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, the Tasmanian too is salivating a little over the 65km, stage 17 from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan (Col de Portet).
"Uphill time trial, that's my thing. I'd love to win a stage of the Tour. I've been close but not quite got there."
"Cobbles are not such a big deal for a guy of my stature. It's harder for the bigger guys. It puts all the GC guys on edge. It's stressful but it's the same for everyone.
"We've got Greg Van Avermaet whose pretty much won all those races and that makes things a bit easier. BMC have got some of the best classic riders going so they are there to help me get through that crap."
Click here to read the full article where Porte also offers some more insight into the psychological effects of his Tour crash.