Six-time Grand Tour winner, Chris Froome, is ready to gauge his form at the upcoming Critérium du Dauphiné (June 9-16) as he continues to build towards July’s Tour de France.
The Team INEOS (formerly known as Sky) rider recently completed a second training stint in Tenerife and pronounced himself happy with his form ahead of his fifth race outing of the year.
With three victories at the Dauphiné already during his career, Froome has often used the event as a final build-up race to the Tour de France. He will be supported at the Dauphiné by Vasil Kiryienka, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Wout Poels, Ian Stannard and Dylan van Baarle.
Speaking after returning from Tenerife, Froome told TeamINEOS.com:
“This approach and build-up to July is something we’ve tried and tested quite a few times over the years now. Our camp went really well, and as always at the second camp in Tenerife I start to feel a lot more ready for racing. Now I’m looking forward to pinning on some numbers at the Dauphiné.
“It’s hard to say where I’m going to be, given I haven’t done much racing recently, but I’d like to be there fighting for the overall win at the Dauphiné. The Tour group as a whole is moving forward and looking really good and ready for the next couple of months ahead. So hopefully we’ll have a really strong outing at the Dauphiné as well.”
For Froome and fellow Dauphiné team members Kwiatkowski, Poels and Van Baarle, time spent in Tenerife enabled them to put in those crucial kilometres and hone form.
“I’m really happy with where I’m at currently,” Froome added. “I was probably a bit eager earlier this season in Colombia and probably did a little bit too much. I feel like this camp has been very different to that and I’ve been able to do exactly what I need to do. The feelings are quite different now having come back from Tenerife, if I compare them to how I felt when I got back from Colombia.”
Froome’s Tour de France build-up is markedly different to a 2018 season which saw him battling hard across three weeks at the Giro d’Italia – eventually emerging successful.
On reverting back to a more traditional Tour run-in this year he admitted: “It was quite nice in a way watching the Giro on the TV and actually not racing. Also remembering my feelings coming out of the Giro last year – it’s so different to how I feel right now. Hopefully I’ll be a lot fresher now coming into this next block and more ready to race, as opposed to being on the back foot trying to recover from the Giro.”
Team INEOS line-up for the Critérium du Dauphiné: Chris Froome, Vasil Kiryienka, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Wout Poels, Ian Stannard, Dylan van Baarle.