Dunbar will be part of a strong lineup in France, with Pavel Sivakov and Gianni Moscon all carrying strong form into the race. Owain Doull, Michal Golas, Chris Lawless and Ian Stannard round out the seven-man team.
On the lineup he confirmed: “This year going into the race with a co-leadership race is nice. There’s obviously Pavel and Gianni there. So we’ve got some strong climbers in the group and then Chris there for the flatter days. We’ve also got three really strong riders in Doull, Stannard and Golas for experience and helping us during the race. We’ll all help each other at some point and no matter which of us it is, hopefully we can come out of it with a good result.”
The races arrive thick and fast, with Dunbar looking forward to a busy schedule as he builds up to his main early-season target – a return to the Giro d’Italia.
“Starting the year I’m set to head to UAE Tour after Provence. My programme for March is still not set in stone but April should be all about the Ardennes, followed by the Giro in May. That’s what I’ll be working towards – and I’ve got a bit more notice for the Giro this year! That helps and we’ll work towards that. It all starts next week.”