Simon and Adam Yates are among the names who will challenge for stage wins in a strong Orica-GreenEdge squad at the Critérium du Dauphiné
The Australian outfit have named a strong team for the eight-stage race, which takes in many of the same roads that will be used in the following month’s Tour.
But sports director Laurenzo Lapage admits the challenging parcours early in the race won’t make for an easy race.
“If you check the course from the Dauphine it’s a really hard one,” he said. “It’s important for the team to come out strong and healthy for the Tour De France and coming home with a stage win is the main goal.”
“The Dauphine is important for all teams in their preparation for the Tour and having a team time trial in there makes it really interesting too.
Simon Gerrans returns to racing after abandoning the Giro d’Italia on stage 12 and, along with the Yates’ and sprinter Magnus Cort, will be looking for stage wins.
Lapage added: “In terms of stage wins, if there is a chance at a bunch sprint we will look to Magnus Cort, and as the stages begin to get harder we have Simon Gerrans and Adam and Simon Yates to play around with.”
“I expect a hard race with a lot of changes every day,” Lapage said. “Controlling the race on this course and these roads will not be simple.”
Orica-GreenEdge squad for the Critérium du Dauphiné