Critérium du Dauphiné race preview

Every second counts at the Dauphiné this year as a clique of Tour de France rivals face off in their final race before next month’s grand départ in Yorkshire. The Dauhpiné in itself is a major prize for any rider’s palmares and this year’s edition looks set to go to the wire with a mountain-heavy course, just 10.4km of time trialing and bonus seconds thrown into the mix. Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) is set to ride and will be looking to cement his place as the Tour’s out-and-out favourite with a win against Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC).

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