Dylan Groenewegen will start his closing preparations for the Tour de France on the Critérium du Dauphiné that begins on Sunday in La Voulte-sur-Rhône, France. The Dutch sprinter will kind a part of the BikeExchange-Jayco workforce searching stage wins on the eight-day race the place they collectively hope to realize momentum forward of the French Grand Tour in July.
“After a small break I used to be very blissful to take two victories in Might and now I’m prepared for the ultimate preparation block earlier than the Tour de France and that continues at Dauphine,” Groenewegen stated.
“It’s a race I like, it’s a tough race and I believe we may have some good alternatives to attempt for a victory. There’s a few phases which appear like they are often dash finishes and it could be good to get one other win to maintain the momentum as we get nearer to the Tour de France.”
Groenewegen has gained 4 phases on the Tour de France between 2017 and 2019 however didn’t compete within the occasion when he was contracted beneath Jumbo-Visma in 2020.
He was banned for 9 months for sparking Fabio Jakobsen’s high-speed crash on the 2020 Tour de Pologne and solely returned to racing on the Giro d’Italia in Might of 2021, however he didn’t race the Tour de France final season both.
Groenewegen has had a powerful early-season marketing campaign with two wins at Saudi Tour, a win at Tour de Hongrie and once more at Veenendaal-Veenendaal Traditional.
BikeExchange-Jayco will ship a workforce to Critérium du Dauphiné held from June 5-12 that additionally contains Luke Durbridge, Alex Edmondson, and Amund Grøndahl Jansen to assist Groenewegen within the sprints, whereas Nick Schultz, Tsgabu Grmay and Kevin Colleoni will give attention to the hillier phases.
“The aim for us at Dauphiné is to go for stage wins. We have now Dylan who’s in good condition, he had some wins in Might and he is able to attempt to take a stage win at Dauphiné. Will probably be a excessive stage of competitors as at all times at this race and with the parcours, there appears to be like to be a number of phases that would end in bunch sprints, so we can be prepared for these,” stated the workforce’s director Tristan Hoffman.
“For the hillier phases we’ve got younger Colleoni, so he may have a go and see what he can do on these laborious phases and look if he can place himself excessive up on the GC.”