Christophe Moreau has long been talked about as a possible contender to Lance Armstrong's crown and the domination of the ONCE riders.
Manager: Roger Legeay
Best Tour: 1997 - Boardman won the prologue; Cedric Vasseur wore the yellow jersey
But the Frenchman failed to deliver last year in spectacular fashion.
He crashed twice on the opening stage, after a poor prologue, before eventually retiring as a result of his injuries.
Undoubtedly team boss Roger Legeay will keep faith with the rider seen as France's best bet for individual glory.
But whether he can deliver remains a hot topic among the French public.
Legeay has continued his policy of sticking to predominantly French riders for his team.
That said, arguably the team's best hope for glory is Stuart O'Grady.
The Australian has been in stunning form this season - finishing third in the Tour of Flanders - and insists he is in the best shape he has ever been.
The usual stalwart of the green jersey, Erik Zabel, looks to have passed his peak, while O'Grady's countryman and the defending champion of the jersey, Robbie McEwen, has been struggling with injuries early this season.
O'Grady knows there will never be a better chance to end up in green on the Champs Elysee at the end of this July.
He has come close twice before - including 2001 when he led the points race going into the final stage only to lose out to Zabel.
With the riders around him this season, he could go one better.
Jens Voigt is an impressive performer and probably one of the best candidates in the entire race for a breakaway stage victory.
Legeay himself feels he finally has the line-up to cause the US Postal team some problems this year.
And the Frenchman has the previous know-how of winning, in the team's former colours of Peugeot, Z and Gan.
Added to his experienced riders, a number of under-23 Frenchmen are coming through the ranks and could surprise in the white jersey category.