Critérium du Dauphiné (30 mai – 6 juin)

« I am motivated to do this race especially because I have not participated in it since 2016. I know it’s an important test for the team, and takes place in a beautiful region. I have not raced since April 24th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Consequently, I do not know how my legs will answer, but I will try to get some good results in the stages that suit me. It will definitely be a good preparation for the Tour de France. I had an excellent training camp in the Alps with the team. Despite the weather, we climbed 20,000 meters in the course of our training rides. I am convinced that effort will pay off.»GREG

The number

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Jaakko Hänninen will participate for the first time at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Finnish cyclist took 10th place this past Monday at the Mercan’Tour Classic Alpes-Maritimes.

The news

Bouchard strengthens his hold on the climber’s jersey

Geoffrey Bouchard has increased his lead in the classification for the King of the Mountains at the Giro. With 180 points he has a 71 points lead ahead of Egan Bernal. "I managed to get into the breakaway for the fifth time at this Giro. On the first category climb I managed to claw back up to the three leaders with 700 meters to go to the summit. I'm happy to extend my lead in this jersey but I will have to get into the breaks again if I am to have any hope of keeping it until Milan." He will wear the jersey on the 18th stage for the 9th consecutive day.