Could women riders catch up with the men in the Tour de France?

Readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts

If there were a full Tour de France for women, how closely would their performance match the men's? (In other long distance, high-stamina events such as the marathon there is not a huge difference.)

Carol Bradley, Leeds

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