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Gallery: 100 days until the 2014 Tour de France

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The final 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico podium: Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Roman Krueziger

The final 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico podium: Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Roman Krueziger
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Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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Nibali is targetting the Tour de France in 2014

Nibali is targetting the Tour de France in 2014
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) is aiming for Tour de France glory in 2014.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) is aiming for Tour de France glory in 2014.
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Chris Froome (Sky) beat Tejay van Garderen and Rigoberto Uran to win overall.

Chris Froome (Sky) beat Tejay van Garderen and Rigoberto Uran to win overall.
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Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) looks back but the win is secure

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) looks back but the win is secure
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) celebrates his dominant performance on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) celebrates his dominant performance on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) celebrates his win on Green Mountain

Chris Froome (Team Sky) celebrates his win on Green Mountain
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Chris Froome on a climb

Chris Froome on a climb
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has started the season strongly

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has started the season strongly
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has been unstoppable

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has been unstoppable
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) goes clear on the Cipressa

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) goes clear on the Cipressa
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
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British champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was ahead of the crash in the stage 6 finale and took a convincing stage win after a textbook lead-out from his team

British champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was ahead of the crash in the stage 6 finale and took a convincing stage win after a textbook lead-out from his team
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Alessandro Petacchi, Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen with Omega Pharma-QuickStep directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters.

Alessandro Petacchi, Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen with Omega Pharma-QuickStep directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters.
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan gets his own back on Michal Kwiatkowski

Peter Sagan gets his own back on Michal Kwiatkowski
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Marcel Kittel takes victory on stage 4 of the Duabi Tour

Marcel Kittel takes victory on stage 4 of the Duabi Tour
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Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) powers to another win

Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) powers to another win
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Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) wins stage 2 of the Dubai Tour

Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) wins stage 2 of the Dubai Tour
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Andre Griepel (Lotto) wins the final stage of the Tour Down Under

Andre Griepel (Lotto) wins the final stage of the Tour Down Under
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Andre Greipel wins stage 5 in Qatar

Andre Greipel wins stage 5 in Qatar
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The Paris-Nice podium: Rui Costa, Carlos Betancur and Arthur Vichot

The Paris-Nice podium: Rui Costa, Carlos Betancur and Arthur Vichot
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Carlos Betancur (AG2R) wins the stage

Carlos Betancur (AG2R) wins the stage
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Stage 6 winner Mark Cavendish thanks teammate Michal Kwiatkowski for his assistance in the lead-out

Stage 6 winner Mark Cavendish thanks teammate Michal Kwiatkowski for his assistance in the lead-out
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins the 2014 edition of Strade Bianche

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins the 2014 edition of Strade Bianche
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) retained the young rider lead

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) retained the young rider lead
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Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte and Peter Kennaugh (Sky) descending.

Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte and Peter Kennaugh (Sky) descending.
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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya overall contender Tejay van Garderen (BMC) crosses the finish line of stage 2 in Girona

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya overall contender Tejay van Garderen (BMC) crosses the finish line of stage 2 in Girona
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BMC's Tejay van Garderen

BMC's Tejay van Garderen
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Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dams smile for the camera

Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dams smile for the camera
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Belkin have Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema as GC contenders.

Belkin have Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema as GC contenders.
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FDJ.fr have brought Thibaut Pinot to Tirreno-Adriatico.

FDJ.fr have brought Thibaut Pinot to Tirreno-Adriatico.
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Rui Costa congratulates Sacha Modolo on his victory

Rui Costa congratulates Sacha Modolo on his victory
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was the best sprinter after 300km of racing

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was the best sprinter after 300km of racing
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The Schleck brothers, Frank and Andy, are racing together once again

The Schleck brothers, Frank and Andy, are racing together once again
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Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) and Tom Boonen (QuickStep) catch up

Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) and Tom Boonen (QuickStep) catch up
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Swiss champion Fabian Cancellara (Trek)

Swiss champion Fabian Cancellara (Trek)
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Australian national champion, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)

Australian national champion, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) has recovered from a lacerated knee

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) has recovered from a lacerated knee
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World champion Tony Martin (OPQS) was fourth at 15 seconds from Malori

World champion Tony Martin (OPQS) was fourth at 15 seconds from Malori
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Andrew Talansky on the podium

Andrew Talansky on the podium
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Andrew Talansky leads the Garmin-Sharp team.

Andrew Talansky leads the Garmin-Sharp team.
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Lars Boom fractured his elbow in a crash 10km from the finishline

Lars Boom fractured his elbow in a crash 10km from the finishline
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) dropped his five breakaway companions and tried to win stage 2 alone

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) dropped his five breakaway companions and tried to win stage 2 alone
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) is building his form after breaking his collarbone in January

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) is building his form after breaking his collarbone in January
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Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) leads the mountains classification for another day at Paris-Nice

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) leads the mountains classification for another day at Paris-Nice
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Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) eats some food while on the front of the day's early break

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) eats some food while on the front of the day's early break
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With 100 days to go until the 2014 Tour de France grand depart in Yorkshire on July 5, Cyclingnews takes a look at how some of the potential headliners have fared so far this season.

Chris Froome (Team Sky): 1st place 2013
For the defending champion Froome, 2014 hasn’t been as smooth sailing as last year with back issues forcing him to miss Tirreno-Adriatico. While there was a repeat win at the Tour of Oman, Froome’s next test is this week at the Volta a Catalunya against some of his main rivals in July.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo): 5th place 2013
El Pisterolo claimed two tough mountain stages at Tirreno-Adriatico for his first wins of 2014 and looks to be back to his best form. Whether he will be as brutal in destroying the field in July remains to be seen, but the five-time Grand Tour winner is looming large as a real challenger to Team Sky’s dominance of the Tour de France.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): 8th place 2013
Movistar may have had Nairo Quintana on the podium last year but in 2014 the team is backing Valverde to deliver the goods. The 2009 Vuelta a España winner has been in blistering form so far this year including three stages and the overall at the Vuelta a Andalucía.

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky):
The 2012 Tour champion is hoping to return to the Tour after a knee injury meant he was not selected for the team last year. Wiggins has said that this may be the last Tour he races and is willing to be a super domestique for his teammate but he could steal a time trial stage.

The sprinters

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano): four stage wins
The first maillot jaune of the Tour in 2013 has continued his winning ways in 2014 and is a favourite to win the first yellow jersey on offer once again. His team may have a different name but the winning combination has continued and Kittel may have had some disagreements with his Giant bike at Tirreno-Adriatico but his steed looks sure to deliver him to stage victories in July.

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 2 stage wins
While Cavendish still managed two wins at last year’s Tour, including the decisive Stage 13, his dominance as the world fastest sprinter was challenged by Kittel last year. With Mark Renshaw leading him out again and Alessandro Petacchi joining the sprint train, Cavendish could take back his sprinting crown in July. His form is slowly building this season and with the first three stages in Britain, the Manx missile will be extra motivated.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale): green jersey winner
Having won the last two green jerseys at the Tour, Peter Sagan has proved that although he is not the fastest sprinter, he is arguably the most versatile and canny sprinter in the bunch. Sagan’s next big goal is the Tour of Flanders where he will start as a favourite. After the Classics and the Tour of California, his focus will then turn to the roads of France. The only distraction could be the rumours and negotiations concerning his expected move to a new team in 2015.

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