GC Ambitions for TBV at Critérium du Dauphiné

As the hype begins to build ahead of this year’s Tour de France Grand Départ in Tuscany, Team Bahrain Victorious is focussed on their final preparations for the 76th edition of Critérium du Dauphiné, which starts on June 2nd.

Lead Sports Director Neil Stephens at the Dauphiné believes the race is the perfect platform for final preparation ahead of the Tour: “This is a very important race in the lead up to the Tour alongside the Tour de Suisse as we build up for the Tour de France. We will see that all the major players in these two races are fine-tuning ahead of the Grand Départ, and we will be doing the same with our riders.”

The eight-stage race in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France features an opening flat stage for sprinters, three intermediate stages, a 34.3km ITT, and three gruelling mountain stages to conclude the race. Over the eight days, the riders will take on 1187km, climbing nearly 22,000 vertical metres.

The team features a host of GC talent. Jack Haig is back at the Dauphiné following his impressive 5th-place finish in GC last season. This year, he will be joined by Santiago Buitrago and Antonio Tiberi, who will both be looking to battle up the GC leaderboard over the eight days. 

Neil Stephens believes the team has the potential to take a good result over the parcour and place well in a stacked field of talented riders at this year’s race:

“Regarding the terrain of the Dauphiné, the first stage will likely be a sprint stage, and then we will go onto a couple of intermediate rolling stages before the ITT on stage 4. Then, after another intermediate day, we move on to three very hard mountain stages, with Stage 7 finishing atop Samoëns 1600 being the most difficult.

Haig and Buitrago will both be going into the Dauphiné as a test ahead of the Tour, and they will try their best to rank high in the GC. This is a great opportunity for them to come back to racing and see how they go after a break. Another mention of the GC talent we have going into the race is Antonio Tiberi. He is coming in from a fantastic performance at the Giro. We are delighted to have him and see how he recovers coming into the Dauphiné, and with no pressure, we’d like to see how he gets through the first few days before the ITT and mountains.

We’ve also got Fred and Kamil coming back after a break. They are both excellent team workers but very exciting riders in their own regard. Both have different styles, but they’ll be looking to fight for the team and potentially have a chance at achieving individual results. It is Fred’s last race this year in his Nationals jersey, and I’m sure he will be looking to show good form ahead of defending his title. 

Jasha and Rainer round out the lineup. Both are coming from the Giro, and I have no doubt they’ll be looking to give invaluable support to the team.”



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