Julian Alaphilippe and Tony Martin lead a balanced Etixx-Quick-Step team for the Critérium du Dauphiné, which starts on June 7, with stage wins the likely goal for the Belgian team.
In Alaphilippe, Etixx have an on-form rider capable of taking a win on rolling stages at the start of the week, coming off a second-place finish at the Tour of California in May, but after a win on the queen stage in America he will look to test himself up the Alpine climbs.
“Dauphiné is a balanced race,” Etixx sports director Brian Holm said. “There are short stages with the right mix of high mountain stages, stages for sprinters, and even a TTT that comes back after many years.
“So, it’s always a nice race, as it was last year with a spectacular final stage. We go there with a good and motivated team, with the objective to try and do well in any of the race situations.”
Etixx-Quick-Step squad for the Critérium du Dauphiné
David De La Cruz Melgarejo