• Chris Froome during Stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of Yorkshire (Getty)Source: Getty
Froomey says he's keen to test his legs in the build-up to the big one in July as Mitchelton-Scott confirms a strong squad to support Adam Yates and Sunweb says Tom Dumoulin will use his first ever Dauphiné to return to racing.
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7 Jun 2019 - 11:41 AM  UPDATED 9 Jun 2019 - 7:02 AM

Froome says he is ready to unleash at the Dauphiné to measure the form he has developed during his team's tried and tested pre-Tour Tenerife training camp. 

After racing the Giro effectively as pre-Tour prep last season and springboarding from the Tour de Suisse in 2017, he said a return to the Mt. Teide training/Dauphine double routine was a refreshing change.

“Our camp went really well," the three-time Dauphine winner said. "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 Dauphine.

“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.

“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."

Fellow INEOS Dauphiné team-mates Michal Kwiatkowski, Wout Poels and Dylan Van Baarle also honed their form in Tenerife with their leader. 

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Adam Yates to lead strong squad

Last year's runner up and Stage 7 winner Adam Yates will return to the Dauphine armed with a strong squad including Australians Jack Haig and Damien Howson.

Like Froome, 26-year-old Yates is eager to pin on a race number.

“I’m looking forward to racing again after a small break and then a big training block following a busy start to the season. Dauphiné is always a hard race with everybody using it as a building block towards the Tour de France.

"It will be good for me to test where the legs are at and we’ve got a decent team also with Jack Haig coming back from injury so I’m excited to see what we can do there.”

Daryl Impey who won Stage 1 at the 2018 edition is also lining up again. 

Mitchelton-Scott at the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné: Jack Haig, Damien Howson, Daryl Impey, Luka Mezgec, Nick Schultz, Dion Smith, Adam Yates.

Tom Dumoulin returns to racing after Giro disappointment

After abandoning the Giro d'Italia with a knee injury sustained on Stage 4, Dumoulin will use the Dauphiné - his first ever - as preparation for new season goal, the 2019 Tour de France.

Team Sunweb is realistically not expecting last year's Tour runner-up to challenge for overall Dauphiné victory saying in a statement his recovery is going a bit slower than hoped and no pressure or risks will be placed on him. 

Team Sunweb at 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné: Johannes Fröhlinger, Joris Nieuwenhuis, Casper Pedersen, Robert Power, Florian Stork, and Martijn Tusveld.

Richie Porte's Trek-Segafredo squad confirmed 

Australian Richie Porte's Dauphine squad was also finalised via a tweet overnight. 

Live coverage of the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné begins Sunday 9 June at 9:45pm AEST on SBS Viceland with streaming at the Cycling Central website and SBS OnDemand apps.