Mitchelton-SCOTT with a young mixed team for Criterium du DauphineFri 1 Jun 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT head to this year's Criterium du Dauphine with a fairly young squad, looking to gain valuable experience, whilst also using the race as preparation for the next big goal, the Tour de France.
Briton Adam Yates will be an obvious option for the team for the general classification, but with the Tour de France coming a week later in July, the potential strength and depth of the field could be slightly less and Mitchelton-SCOTT are seize any opportunities.
The team line-up is filled with talented climbers to assist in the mountains, plus South African champion Daryl Impey and Australian champion Alex Edmondson, who together add valuable firepower to the squad.
The eight-day race consists of a prologue, six road stages, and a team time trial. The addition of the lengthy TTT on the third stage could greatly effect the overall classification and this year, the final three stages look to be the toughest, meaning the GC can be left unsealed until the final moments of the race.
Matt White - Head sport director
"It is a good preparation race for us for the Tour de France, it is also a really good opportunity for our younger guys. For riders like Lucas Hamilton for example, it will be the hardest bike race he has ever done, Rob Power willl gain more experience at this level of WorldTour race and also a rider like Alex Edmondson. We will be looking to the GC but also encourage some riders get get down the road and go for stages.
"Due to the WorldCup football in July, the TDF is at a later date this year so a lot of riders have chosen to go to the Tour de Suisse, with it being one week later than Dauphine, so it will likely be a slightly weaker field in Dauphine and we could see a different kind of race this year.
"There's a long team time trial and we have a good team for it. It is another good chance for us to have a go at a TTT before the next one at the Tour de France."
"For most of us it is the last chance to get a race in before the Tour de France hopefully, it has a pretty similar parcours for the TTT. A lot of us are coming straight from the Hammer Series in Norway so we are all in great shape and are looking forward to the challenge.
"The race starts with a few flatter stages before a lengthy team time trial of 34kilometres before four relentless days in the mountains, so it is a really good gauge of where everyone is at.
"We have a good climbing team and with Adam coming back from his injury in Catalunya, he looks to be in great shape after California so he will be looking to improve on that and really build towards the month of July."
Previously in Criterium du Dauphine
Adam Yates has performed consistenly in the race in the past, last year finishing in 13th place overall, seventh place in 2016 and sixth place in 2014.
Sunday, 3rd June: Valence to Valence, 6km prologue
Monday, 4th June: Valence to Saint Just Saint Rambert, 179km
Tuesday, 5th June: Montbrison to Belleville, 181km
Wednesday, 6th June: Pont de Vaux to Louhans to Chateaurenaud, TTT 35km
Thursday, 7th June: Chazey-Sur-Ain to Lans-en-Vercors, 181km
Friday, 8th June: Grenoble to Valmorel, 130km
Saturday, 9th June: Frontenex to La Rosiere Espace san Bernardo, 110km
Sunday, 10th June: Moutiers to Sant Gervais Mont Blanc, 136km
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