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.
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.
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