The eight-day Critérium du Dauphiné features a difficult route, with multiple undulating and hilly stages, a 26.1-kilometer individual time trial on the fourth day of racing, and a mountain top finish to Les Sept Laux on the penultimate stage.
CCC Team will line up at the start without one clear leader for the General Classification and will focus on stage success, Sports Director, Jackson Stewart explains.
“We are going to Critérium du Dauphiné with a motivated group of riders. We are aware that the race will be very competitive, with the difficult terrain and the quality line-up which includes many riders who look towards July and the Tour de France but, we will look for every opportunity that presents itself to contest for a stage win. We won’t have a pure leader for the GC but, Riccardo Zoidl is capable of doing well in the mountains and he will try to do his best against the top pre-race favorites,” Stewart said.
Alessandro De Marchi is returning to racing after the Tour of Yorkshire and will use Critérium du Dauphiné to build up his form for the Tour de France.
“Critérium du Dauphiné is one of my favorite races in the calendar and I have some good memories from the previous editions as I won a stage there in 2013. It will be my first race after the recovery period so, we will see how the legs are and how they will adapt to a race rhythm. I will approach it as it’s the last step in my preparation for the Tour de France so, this means that I’ll try to use every stage to improve my shape and enhance my confidence. It’s a very demanding race so, I’ll have plenty of opportunities every day to do that,” De Marchi explained.
Critérium du Dauphiné (9 – 16 June)
Rider roster: Paweł Bernas (POL), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Jonas Koch (GER), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Joseph Rosskopf (USA), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Riccardo Zoidl (AUT).
Sports Directors: Jackson Stewart (USA), Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)