• Tejay Van Garderen (Getty) (AFP)Source: AFP
Tejay van Garderen will lead BMC at the Critérium du Dauphiné in his final lead-up race to next month's Tour de France.
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Cycling Central

5 Jun 2015 - 7:31 AM  UPDATED 5 Jun 2015 - 2:49 PM
Also joining van Garderen for the June 7-14 stage race is Santos Tour Down Under winner and past world hour record holder Rohan Dennis of Australia and 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sánchez (ESP). 
 
The 26-year-old American will do battle against defending champion Andrew Talansky (Germin-Cannondale), Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Chris Froome (Sky) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) in  a race designed to test the form of riders as the Tour de France aproaches.
 
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Van Garderen has looked ready to step up to another level this year after a stage win at the Volta a Catalunya and finishing as runner-up at the Tour of Oman. But questions remain about his relative capabilities in an era packed with Grand Tour contenders. A strong performance against the likes of Nibali, Froome and compatriot Tanansky on a Dauphiné course which suits his abilities would boost his Tour hopes of a podium position.
 
"I am excited to get back into racing, as I haven't pinned a number on my back since Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 26)," van Garderen said. "I have trained well at altitude and have done some good course reconnaissance. Now the race fitness is the last part of the equation in order to be ready for my main goal in July. The Dauphiné is the perfect race for this."

BMC for the Critérium du Dauphiné
Tejay van Garderen (USA), Rohan Dennis (AUS), Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Daniel Oss (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Michael Schär (SUI) and Dylan Teuns (BEL).

2015 Critérium du Dauphiné course and streaming details

Sunday 7 June 
Stage 1: 132km, Ugine - Albertville
Livestream on the Cycling Central website from 9.05pm - 11:00pm AEST

Monday 8 June 
Stage 2: 173km, Le Bourget-du-Lac - Parc des Oiseaux Villars-les-Dombes
Livestream on the Cycling Central website from 9.40pm - 11:10pm AEST

Tuesday 9 June 
Stage 3: 24.5km, Roanne - Montagny (Team time trial)
Livestream on the Cycling Central website from 9.25pm - 10:55pm AEST

Wednesday 10 June 
Stage 4: 228km, Anneyron - Porte de DrômArdèche - Sisteron
Livestream on the Cycling Central website from 11.55pm - 1:25am AEST

Thursday 11 June 
Stage 5: 161km, Digne-les-Bains - Pra Loup
Livestream on the Cycling Central website from 9.25pm - 10:55pm AEST

Friday 12 June
Stage 6: 183km, Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur - Villard-de-Lans - Vercors
Livestream on the Cycling Central website from 9.25pm - 11:10pm AEST

Saturday 13 June 
Stage 7: 155km, Montmélian - Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, Le Bettex
Livestream on the Cycling Central website from 11.25pm - 0:55am AEST

Sunday 14 June 
Stage 8: 156.5km, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains - Modane Valfréjus
Livestream on the Cycling Central website from 11.35pm - 1:05am AEST