97 days until the Tour de France Femmes: How do the main contenders stack up?

Will Annemiek van Vleuten win once again or can her challengers pull on the yellow jersey for the first time

Tour de France Femmes contenders mashup
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It's J-100 until the second edition of the Tour de France Femmes (D-100 for those who don't speak French). That is not just what the press release from the race organisers says, but that is what the numbers say that I have scrawled in front of me, which is why Marion Rousse ascended the Arc de Triomphe on Friday to celebrate the big day.

100 days is a long time, and there is a lot of racing to happen in between - the Ardennes Classics, La Vuelta Femenina and the Giro d'Italia Donne to name some - but it will pass astonishingly quickly, and one can quite easily pick out the riders who will be challenging in the south of France this summer.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.