Critérium du Dauphiné 2021 start list: All the teams down for the Tour de France build-up race

All the names for the pre-Tour form marker

Mikel Landa taking on Jumbo-Visma at the Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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The Critérium du Dauphiné is eight days long and held in late May into early June, as an important marker in the run-up to the Tour de France, with many of its general classification winners going on to wear yellow in Paris.

It's been won by Ineos Grenadiers six times in the last nine years - via Bradley Wiggins in 2011 and 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013, 2015 and 2016 - though 2017 represented a break from tradition with the win going to Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) - in 2018 with Geraint Thomas.

In 2019 Fuglsang took victory again in a race he has recently favoured, finally, 2020 was being led by Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) before he left the race after a crash, leaving the peloton to scrap for the overall, with the race going to Daniel Martínez (then EF Pro Cycling).

The 2021 Dauphiné looks to be another hotly contested edition, with a number of big names likely to be on the start line for the stage race that takes on three tough mountain stages with a summit finish on two days.

Another big moment for the overall contenders is the individual time trial on stage four where the first real baring of who's on form before the Tour de France will be shown.

>>> Critérium du Dauphiné 2021 route: Three mountain stages in pre-Tour de France race

Defending champion, Martínez, will not be racing as he is riding at the Giro d'Italia so the leadership role has been given to his new team-mates of Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte, who will co-lead Ineos Grenadiers here and at the Tour de France.

Other big names that are pencilled in are Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Miguel Ángel López (Movistar), Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) and Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) as well as the three-time winner, Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation).

Froome is not expected to be up there in the overall despite his goal of the Tour de France being just a few weeks after the Dauphiné. But the seven-time Grand Tour winner will be hoping that some signs of form start to appear, otherwise it may be another year's wait for the British rider.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 start list

EF Educations-Nippo

CRADDOCK Lawson
EL FARES Julien
BARTA Will
OWEN Logan
MORTON Lachlan
VALGREN Michael
NAKANE Hideto

Lotto-Soudal

WELLENS Tim
VAN MOER Brent
HOLMES Matthew
CRAS Steff
MONIQUET Sylvain
SWEENY Harry
GRIGNARD Sébastien

Ag2r-Citroën Team

O'CONNOR Ben
VAN AVERMAET Greg
PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
NAESEN Oliver
HÄNNINEN Jaakko
GODON Dorian
VENTURINI Clément

Astana-Premier Tech

LUTSENKO Alexey
IZAGIRRE Ion
PERRY Ben
ARANBURU Alex
RODRÍGUEZ Óscar
NATAROV Yuriy
GRUZDEV Dmitriy

Bahrain Victorious

POELS Wout
HAIG Jack
COLBRELLI Sonny
TEUNS Dylan
PADUN Mark
PERNSTEINER Hermann
CAPECCHI Eros

Bora-Hansgrohe

KÄMNA Lennard
SCHWARZMANN Michael
KELDERMAN Wilco
KONRAD Patrick
PÖSTLBERGER Lukas
WANDAHL Frederik
GAMPER Patrick

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

MEINTJES Louis
VLIEGEN Loïc
BAKELANTS Jan
LAMMERTINK Maurits
BELLICAUD Jeremy
DELECROIX Theo
VAN MELSEN Kévin

Deceuninck - Quick-Step

JAKOBSEN Fabio
ASGREEN Kasper
ARCHBOLD Shane
GARRISON Ian
ČERNY Josef
SÉNÉCHAL Florian
STEELS Stijn

Groupama-FDJ

GAUDU David
MADOUAS Valentin
LE GAC Olivier
GENIETS Kevin
LADAGNOUS Matthieu
BONNET William
ARMIRAIL Bruno

Team BikeExchange

COLLEONI Kevin
PEÁK Barnabás
GRMAY Tsgabu
BOOKWALTER Brent
ZEITS Andrey
STANNARD Robert
HOWSON Damien

Movistar Team

LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
VERONA Carlos
VALVERDE Alejandro
MAS Enric
ERVITI Imanol
ARCAS Jorge
ROJAS José Joaquín

Team Qhubeka-Assos

ARU Fabio
GOGL Michael
BENNETT Sean
POWER Robert
BARBERO Carlos
SUNDERLAND Dylan
ARMÉE Sander

Team Arkéa-Samsic

QUINTANA Nairo
BARGUIL Warren
ANACONA Winner
RUSSO Clément
PICHON Laurent
OWSIAN Łukasz
DELAPLACE Anthony

Team Jumbo-Visma

VINGEGAARD Jonas
KRUIJSWIJK Steven
KUSS Sepp
ROOSEN Timo
HOFSTEDE Lennard
MARTIN Tony
GESINK Robert

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

MARTIN Guillaume
PEREZ Anthony
MORIN Emmanuel
GESCHKE Simon
HAAS Nathan
PÉRICHON Pierre-Luc
VANBILSEN Kenneth

Israel Start-Up Nation

FROOME Chris
WOODS Michael
HERMANS Ben
IMPEY Daryl
RENARD Alexis
CATAFORD Alex
HOLLENSTEIN Reto

Ineos Grenadiers

THOMAS Geraint
KWIATKOWSKI Michał
AMADOR Andrey
GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
PORTE Richie
RODRÍGUEZ Carlos
VAN BAARLE Dylan

Team DSM

SALMON Martin
VAN WILDER Ilan
BRENNER Marco
GALL Felix
HAGA Chad
VERMAERKE Kevin
TUSVELD Martijn

Trek-Segafredo

STUYVAN Jasper
PEDERSEN Mads
ELISSONDE Kenny
RIES Michel
BERNARD Julien
SKJELMOSE Mattias
MULLEN Ryan

UAE-Team Emirates

DOMBROWSKI Joe
BYSTRØM Sven Erik
OLIVEIRA Ivo
MCNULTY Brandon
BJERG Mikkel
KRISTOFF Alexander
ARDILA Andrés Camilo

B&B Hotels-Vital Concept p/b KTM

ROLLAND Pierre
LIETAER Eliot
PACHER Quentin
GAUTIER Cyril
SCHÖNBERGER Sebastian
BONNAMOUR Franck
CHEVALIER Maxime

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