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Team Total Direct Energie will ride the Tour of Switzerland, but will skip the Dauphiné

Here's the team's announcement:

The 2020 calendar for Team Total Direct Energie is taking shape. We regret to announce that we will not be taking the start of the Critérium du Dauphiné (May 31 - June 7) next season. However, the team formalizes its participation in the Tour de Suisse (June 7-14). 

Team Total Direct Energie

Team Total Direct Energie will be at the Tour de Suisse, but not the Dauphiné. Sirotti photo

By finishing on the first step of the Continental Pro ranking, the Team obtained their entry ticket to all the events on the UCI World Tour calendar of the season.

Jean-René Bernaudeau and the members of the staff therefore have strategic choices to make in order to build a calendar that will best suit the team. The Critérium du Dauphiné will not be part of it.

The Team Manager explains this decision: "We are going to have a very busy schedule with very important deadlines for the team. Coming out of a big period punctuated by the Classics, we cannot afford to send the riders to the Critérium du Dauphiné. Nevertheless we can say that we will participate in the next Tour de Suisse ”.

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