Five things we learned from the Critérium du Dauphiné 2023

As the dust settles on what is one of the biggest tune-ups for the Tour de France, here's what we're taking away from it

Criterium du Dauphine
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If you missed it, Jonas Vingegaard won the Critérium du Dauphiné at a canter, his 2.23 winning margin the biggest since since 1993. A key Tour de France warm-up race, the Dauphiné is always a great place to see big Tour favourites battling it out with each other, so beyond Vingegaard's result there were plenty of takeaways – here are our top five.

Jonas Vingegaard is going to be very, very difficult to beat at the Tour de France

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.