Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Critérium du Dauphiné, which starts on Sunday, and he has a strong supporting cast around him

Chris Froome will have to beat the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez if he is to win a second Critérium du Dauphiné, but he will have a strong squad to support him over the eight stages.

Fellow Brits Peter Kennaugh, Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard will help out, as will the Irish duo of Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche. Ian Boswell and Wout Poels round out the eight man squad.

For Boswell, however, the announcement of his inclusion on the Sky Twitter feed came as a bit of a surprise.

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Froome’s likely henchman at the Tour de France, Richie Porte, sits out after his Giro d’Italia exploits, as do other potential Tour riders Leopold König and Mikel Nieve.

Geraint Thomas will ride the Tour de Suisse the following week as a likely warmup for another Tour campaign.

Team Sky have a strong history at the Dauphiné, winning three consecutive editions between 2011-13 through Sir Bradley Wiggins (2011 & 2012) and Froome (2013).

Team Sky squad for the Critérium du Dauphiné
Chris Froome
Ian Boswell
Peter Kennaugh
Luke Rowe
Ian Stannard
Philip Deignan
Nicolas Roche
Wout Poels

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