Chris Froome will lead Team Ineos at the Critérium du Dauphiné (June 9-16) as he builds up for the Tour de France in July. Froome is a three-time winner of the Dauphiné and will be supported by a team that includes former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, Wout Poels, and Gianni Moscon.
While Froome takes on the week-long French race, his teammate, and last year’s Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas, races the Tour de Suisse later in June.
Froome had a slow start to the season but showed signs of improvement at the Tour of the Alps and then the Tour de Yorkshire, where he helped set up the overall win for teammate Chris Lawless. Since then he has been training at altitude in Tenerife, alongside Kwiatkowski, Poels and Dylan van Baarle.
The Critérium du Dauphiné will be Froome’s final race outing before this year’s Tour de France, where he will be looking to win his fifth title and join an illustrious club of winners that includes Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain.
“This approach and build-up to July is something we’ve tried and tested quite a few times over the years now. Our camp went really well, and as always at the second camp in Tenerife I start to feel a lot more ready for racing. Now I’m looking forward to pinning on some numbers at the Dauphiné,” Froome said.
“It’s hard to say where I’m going to be, given I haven’t done much racing recently, but I’d like to be there fighting for the overall win at the Dauphiné. The Tour group as a whole is moving forward and looking really good and ready for the next couple of months ahead. So hopefully we’ll have a really strong outing at the Dauphiné as well.”
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