Kenyan-born Team Ineos rider Chris Froome says he will use the Criterium du Dauphine to test his readiness for the upcoming Tour de France.
The eight-day race has traditionally been used a litmus test for the TDF and gets underway tomorrow, with Froome set to test himself against the likes of Adam Yates, Richie Porte, Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet.
"It's difficult to say exactly where I am with my form because I haven't raced recently," Froome said this week.
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"But I'd like to be fighting for the win here. It's a good, balanced route," he said of the course considered averagely mountainous, but tightly packed with challenges.
The race has two summit finishes on the final two days, it traverses relentlessly through rolling terrain and features what promises to be a hotly-contested 26km time-trial on Wednesday.
"There are a few lumpy days, a time trial and then some big mountain days. We'll definitely get a good gauge of where we are after doing this Dauphine as there's a bit of everything there," Froome added.
Should Froome emerge as the winner at the Swiss ski resort of Champery next Sunday, he will claim the record as the only man to have won the title four times.