Degenkolb takes on Critérium du Dauphiné as Barguil leads Giant-Alpecin in Tour de Suisse

John Degenkolb builds up to a possible Tour de France place at the Critérium du Dauphiné, while Warren Barguil heads to the Tour de Suisse

Warren Barguil’s route to the Tour de France goes through Switzerland as the Frenchman prepares to head up Giant-Alpecin‘s team at the Tour de Suisse.

It will be the third year running that Barguil has ridden the Swiss race, finishing 12th in 2015, while sprinter John Degenkolb continues his return to form and fitness at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

The German won’t have many opportunities for stage wins, with a very lumpy edition of the Dauphiné in store, but he could challenge the likes of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) on stage one.

John Degenkolb sprints to fifth in stage eight of the Tour of California

Barguil, meanwhile, will get his climbing legs in gear with three consecutive summit finishes at the Tour de Suisse and will be joined by Laurens ten Dam and Simon Geschke.

Degenkolb made his return to stage racing at the Tour of California in May, sprinting to fifth in the final stage in Sacramento.