BAHRAIN MERIDA Lineup for Dauphiné
Wednesday, 31st May – BAHRAIN MERIDA Team is tunning the form for the upcoming Criterium du Dauphiné and looking forward to take part in its 69th edition.
Philippe Mauduit, sports director, expressed his thoughts before the race: „Dauphiné is a small Tour de France with hard climbs. Every year Tour de France contenders come here for the last preparation race, to test themselves and define final team strategies and precise roaster for Tour de France. This year, as usually, the first 3 stages will be suitable for a reduced bunch sprint, due to the difficult terrain, then a TT for specialists and GC pretendents. The 5th stage will be the last chance for sprinters to jump on the podium before the mountains, where the GC riders will be in the game. We have a strong team going to Dauphiné, with riders that are here after a longer break, but with altitude training camp in their legs, and riders that are coming directly from races. Sonny Colbrelli will be our key rider for sprints and Jani Brajkovič will target the GC. Franco Pellizotti is coming directly from Giro d’Italia and will try to surf on the great vawes that he started there.»
BAHRAIN MERIDA Team lineup for Dauphiné: Borut Božič / Yukiya Arashiro / Grega Bole / Janez Brajkovič / Ramunas Navardauskas / Antonio Nibali / Sonny Colbrelli / Franco Pellizotti