A mountain time trial to Les Gets gets a mountainous edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné, with three summit finishes to end the race

The big names present at the Critérium du Dauphiné will not get an easy introduction to the race with a mountain time trial to Les Gets scheduled for the prologue.

A 3.9km climb at 9.7 per cent is what will great the riders on the first day of the race – an introduction to a mountainous route in the Dauphiné region.

The sprinters will have their fun on stage one in the rolling run between Cluses and Saint-Vulbas, but the climbers will be back in the hunt on stage two.

An uphill finish to Chalmazel-Jeansagnière – a 6.8km climb at just under four per cent – is likely to see the challengers for the overall title go head to head for the win.

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A mountain-heavy end to the race sees three consecutive summit finishes, starting with a finale in Vaujany on stage five, followed by a trip up to Meribel – via the Col de la Madeleine – the following day.

The final day sees six categorised climbs, with a the finish line in Superdévoluy the possible battleground for the overall title.

Many of the Tour de France favourites are likely to include the Dauphiné in their schedule, including Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Fabio Aru and Tejay van Garderen.

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Criterium du Dauphine 2016 route: June 5-12
Prologue: Les Gets, 3.9 km (ITT)
Stage 1: Cluses > Saint-Vulbas, 186 km
Stage 2: Crêches-sur-Saône > Chalmazel-Jeansagnière, 167.5 km
Stage 3: Boën-sur-Lignon > Tournon-sur-Rhône, 182 km
Stage 4: Tain-l’Hermitage > Belley, 176 km
Stage 5: La Ravoire > Vaujany, 140 km
Stage 6: La Rochette > Méribel, 141 km
Stage 7: Le-Pont-de-Claix > Superdévoluy, 151 km