Samuel Sánchez will lead a star-studded Euskaltel team at the upcoming Criterium du Dauphiné.
The dress rehearsal for the Tour de France commences this Sunday, and Euskaltel will field a team big on both experience and quality as they look for their third overall victory at the French stage race.
Leading the line to emulate Ibán Mayo and Iñigo Landaluze's victories of 2004 and 2005 respectively will be Samuel Sánchez, fresh off completing the Giro d'Italia.
By the team captain's side will be trusted domestique Egoi Martínez, ace climber Mikel Nieve, veteran all-rounder Mikel Astarloza, the ever-reliable Gorka Izagirre, French hope Romain Sicard and young duo Peio Bilbao and Ricardo García.
The race runs from Sunday 2nd of June through Sunday the 9th.
Photo: Iñaki Azanza