The 2016 Criterium du Dauphine start list is packed with some of the best Grand Tour riders in the current peloton, including two-time defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky). The Dauphine is currently missing from Alberto Contador's (Tinkoff) palmares but the Spaniard has been in sparkling form so far this season and will start as one the favourites for victory. Froome is sure to face off against his rival for July's Tour de France but there are several other likely protagonists who could ride away with the win, like Andrew Talansky did in 2014, while the duo mark each other.
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