'How much time do you have?': The untold story of the Tour de France Femmes

With 100 days to go until this year's edition, Cycling Weekly uncovers a decade-long battle for a women's Tour de France

Annemiek van Vleuten blocks sun from her eyes as she smiles. Christian Prudhomme and Marion Rousse stand blurred in the background.
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This feature originally appeared in Cycling Weekly magazine on 9 March 2023. Subscribe now and never miss an issue. 

Kathryn Bertine has a bone to pick with journalists. “The one thing that drives me bonkers is when the media refers to the current Tour de France Femmes as the first Tour de France for women,” she says, the exasperation clear in her voice. “It drives me mad when professional journalists obviously don’t do their research.” 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.