A preview of what's to come? Six Tour favourites to go head-to-head at Tour de l'Ain

Geraint Thomas makes his racing return in the three-day French race

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Both Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma will field their three star general classification riders at the Tour de l'Ain, offering fans an insight into who looks good ahead of the Tour de France.

This year's rearranged Tour has been billed as Ineos versus Jumbo-Visma, with the Dutch team aiming to end the British outfit's dominance with their own trio of GC superpowers.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.