Dauphiné 2019: Spaniards, favorites and absences

Froome and Quintana go to the French appointment as great stars of the peloton. Gorka Izagirre and Carlos Verona are some of the most outstanding Spaniards.

New test of the UCI World Tour calendar with the 71ª edition of the Criterium du Dauphiné. The French round will be the prelude to the Tour de France and will serve to fine tune the set-up of the big favorites to the final triumph in the Champs-Elysees. It will consist of 8 stages, from 9 to 16 July, with profiles for all types of runners: sprinters, climbers and time trialists.

The favorites

Among the favorites highlights the presence of two riders above the rest: Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana. British and Colombian will be the leaders of Ineos and Movistar respectively, with two blocks of very powerful gregarious. Froome leaves as the maximum rival to beat, warning this week that his preparation for the Tour is much better than last year, and also knows what it is to win the Dauphiné on three occasions: 2013, 2015 and 2016 Interestingly, each time the Briton conquered Dauphiné, he also triumphed in the Tour.

As for the biggest adversaries that both Froome and Quintana will have, the participation of Romain Bardet. stands out The Frenchman, although he had bad feelings at the beginning of this season and suffered some falls, it takes time preparing his physical condition to reach his peak shape in this month of competition. He will also be in Dauphiné Jakob Fuglsang as the leader of Astana. The Danish has been the great animator of the spring classics in 2019, demonstrating an amazing way to finish on the podium in all that participated, and also sabe what it is to win Dauphiné (2017) .

For his part, the Dutch Tom Dumoulin will head the Sunweb team with the intention of recovering from his retirement from the Giro d'Italia due to a fall. The 26-kilometer time trial greatly enhances their interests. Other names to consider will be those of Adam Yates (Mitchelton), Richie Porte (Trek) Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo Visma), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ) and Dan Martin (UAE) .

The Spaniards

No there will be Spanish runners as great leaders who choose to win the general Dauphiné. The Movistar team will be the team that brings more Spanish color to the race with luxury gregarious for Nairo Quintana as Carlos Verona, Rubén Fernández, Imanol Erviti and Rafa Valls. In the whole Astana will be Gorka Izagirre to favor the interests of its leader, Jakob Fuglsang.

The absences

Se conformed, mainly, by the riders who participated recently in the Giro d'Italia with the intention of fighting the general classification: Vincenzo Nibali, Richard Carapaz, Mikel Landa, Primoz Roglic, 'Superman' Lopez or Simon Yates , among others. Neither will Geraint Thomas, current winner of the race, nor Egan Bernal, who is still recovering after his absence in the Giro d'Italia due to a clavicle fracture.

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