Five things to look our for (including a Roglič win) at the Critérium du Dauphiné 2022

With the Tour de France on the horizon Jumbo-Visma, Ineos Grenadiers and others are set to do battle at the 74th edition of the week-long stage race

Primoz Roglic at Paris-Nice 2022
(Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

With the Giro d’Italia in the rear view mirror, attention now turns to the Tour de France. As ever, June is full of warm ups for the grande boucle, and perhaps none more so than the Critérium du Dauphiné. First run in 1947, it’s always been viewed through the prism of le tour.

As a dress rehearsal for the biggest three weeks of the year riders and their teams are judged here perhaps less on what they do in the race as opposed to what it may suggest come July. It’s easy to see why. The Dauphiné is a condensed Tour of sorts. It features eight stages, including a time trial and a few excursions into the mountains. One of these usually replicates a tour stage that we’ll see the following month, at least in part.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.