Louis Meintjes will lead UAE Team Emirates squad for the GC of the Criterium du Dauphiné from 4 to 11 June. In the team also stages hunters like Diego Ulissi and the sprinter Ben Swift.
“I am looking forward to the Dauphine as it is a race I have some good memories from” says Louis Meintjes. “My self and the team have been working hard so I hope for a good race. It’s also a really important test for the next Tour de France. This race can say you if you are in a right way for the French race, but also a good opportunity to get some good result”.
It’s the first Dauphiné for Ben Swift: “It’s my first time to ride Dauphine. In the past I have usually rode Swiss. I am looking forward to trying a new race with what looks like an exciting profile for the race. I feel good with the condition after completing the team training camp so I look forward to trying for the best result possible”.
Also Diego Ulissi is focused: “we have just finished a intense training camp and we are really focused for the next goals. The Dauphiné can say us if we worked well for the Tour de France and in the same time give us the possibility to get some important result”.
The sport director Mario Scirea says we have a balanced squad: we’re going to the Criterium du Dauphiné to finalize the work done in altitude at Passo San Pellegrino in Italy. We’ll try to do a good general classification with Louis Meintjies supported by Durasek and Laengen. Diego Ulissi will be our man for mountain medium stages and Ben Swift our fast wheel. I think we have a balanced team in order to get some good results.
Critérium du Dauphiné (4-11 June)
Rider roster: DURASEK Kristijan (Croatia), BONO Matteo (Italy), LAENGEN Vergad Stake (Norway), MEINTJES Louis (South Africa), MORI Manuele (Italy), SWIFT Ben (England), ULISSI Diego (Italy), ZURLO Federico (Italy)
Sports Directors: Mario Scirea (ITA), Daniele Righi (ITA).