Critérium International organiser ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) announced nineteen teams for this year's edition on Wednesday. Six French teams and thirteen Foreign were selected to contest the three-stage, two-day event which takes place on March 29-30.
Team High Road, Milram, Team CSC, Caisse d'Epargne, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Ag2r, Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, Crédit Agricole, Française des Jeux, Agritubel, Lampre and Rabobank were selected from the ProTour ranks and Karpin-Galicia, Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner, Team Slipstream-Chipotle, BMC, Barloworld and Skil-Shimano from the Professional Continental division.
The race will follow its usual format with a point-to-point first stage of 193 km from Signy-le-Petit to Charleville-Mezieres, followed by dual stages on the next day. The second stage will be a 98.5 km mountainous parcours from Les Vieilles Forges to Monthermé in the morning, and will be followed by a time trial stage in Charleville-Mezieres of 8.3 km in the afternoon.