The dates might have changed but the race itself still serves as an important marker in the run-up to the Tour de France. Many of its previous winners have gone on to stand on the highest step of the podium in Paris. And with the star-studded line-up, this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné shall reveal the Tour’s favourites as well. It all starts tomorrow on Wednesday 12 August in Clermont-Ferrand.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race is only five days long instead of the usual eight this year. However, each of those five stages is a tough mountain stage and they all end with a summit finish. Sounds like a hell lot of fun, doesn’t it?

The defending champion, Jakob Fuglsang, decided to focus on different races this year. Instead of him, Miguel Ángel López will lead the Astana team. He will be challenged by the Team Ineos’ celebrity line-up: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, they are all coming. And to challenge them, there will be the likes of Primož Roglič, Steven Kruijswijk, Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Urán, Adam Yates, Thibaut Pinot, Julian Alaphilippe, Emanuel Buchmann, Romain Bardet… The list just goes on and on.

Who do you favour for the win? One thing is certain – the cycling fan cannot lose here.

AG2R La Mondiale

Romain Bardet, Pierre Latour, Tony Gallopin, Benoît Cosnefroy, Mikaël Cherel, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Nans Peters

Astana Pro Team

Miguel Ángel López, Alexey Lutsenko, Fabio Felline, Luis León Sánchez, Gorka Izagirre, Omar Fraile, Merhawi Kudus

Bahrain McLaren

Mikel Landa, Dylan Teuns, Matej Mohoric, Pello Bilbao, Rafael Valls, Damiano Caruso, Sonny Colbrelli

BORA – Hansgrohe

Peter Sagan, Emanuel Buchmann, Lennard Kämna, Daniel Oss, Felix Großschartner, Gregor Mühlberger, Andreas Schillinger

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

Nicolas Edet, Guillaume Martin, Victor Lafay, Luis Ángel Maté, Anthony Perez, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Stéphane Rossetto

CCC Team

Michael Schär, Jan Hirt, Victor de la Parte,, Fausto Masnada, Pavel Kochetkov, Serge Pauwels, Łukasz Wisniowski

Deceuninck – Quick-Step

Julian Alaphilippe, Bob Jungels, Kasper Asgreen, Tim De Clercq, Mauri Vansevenant, Rémi Cavagna, James Knox

EF Pro Cycling

Rigoberto Uran, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Sergio Higuita, Hugh Carthy, Jens Keukeleire, Tejay van Garderen, Tanel Kangert

Groupama – FDJ

Thibaut Pinot, Stefan Küng, Valentin Madouas, Antoine Duchesne, Sébastien Reichenbach, Bruno Armirail, Matthieu Ladagnous

Israel Start-Up Nation

Daniel Martin, André Greipel, Daniel Navarro, Hugo Hofstetter, Krists Neilands, Guy Niv, Nils Politt

Jumbo – Visma

Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Steven Kruijswijk, Robert Gesink, Wout Van Aert, Tony Martin, Sepp Kuss

Lotto Soudal

Carl Fredrik Hagen, Stan Dewulf, Harm Vanhoucke, Jelle Wallays, Sander Armée, Rémy Mertz, Brent Van Moer

Mitchelton-Scott

Adam Yates, Brent Bookwalter, Jack Haig, Daryl Impey, Christopher Juul-Jensen, Damien Howson Nick Schultz

Movistar Team

Enric Mas, Marc Soler, Alejandro Valverde, José Joaquin Rojas, Carlos Verona, Antonio Pedrero, Nelson Oliveira

NTT Pro Cycling

Roman Kreuziger, Domenico Pozzovivo, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Michael Valgren, Louis Meintjes, Michael Gogl, Ben O’Connor

Team Ineos

Chris Froome, Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jonathan Castroviejo, Pavel Sivakov, Dylan van Baarle, Michal Kwiatkowski

Team Sunweb

Tiesj Benoot, Sam Oomen, Søren Kragh Andersen, Nicolas Roche, Marc Hirschi, Jasha Sütterlin, Mark Donovan

Trek – Segafredo

Richie Porte, Pieter Weening, Michel Ries, Niklas Eg, Kenny Elissonde, Juan Pedro López, Toms Skujins

UAE-Team Emirates

Tadej Pogacar, Davide Formolo, Alexander Kristoff, Marco Marcato, David de la Cruz, Jan Polanc, Sven Erik Bystrøm

Arkéa Samsic

Nairo Quintana, Warren Barguil, Maxime Bouet, Dayer Quintana, Diego Rosa, Winner Anacona

B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM

Pierre Rolland, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Cyril Gautier, Quentin Pacher, Maxime Chevalier, Arnaud Courteille, Sebastian Schönberger

Circus – Wanty Gobert

Jan Bakelants, Maurits Lammertink, Xandro Meurisse, Quinten Hermans, Andrea Pasqualon, Fabien Doubey, Odd Christian Eiking

Team Total Direct Energie

Lilian Calmejane, Romain Sicard, Niccolò Bonifazio, Rein Taaramäe, Jérôme Cousin, Fabien Grellier, Geoffrey Soupe

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