Critérium du Dauphiné 2021 route: Three mountain stages and time trial in pre-Tour de France race

The time trial returns to the race after an absence for the first time since 1947 at last year's race

The route for the 2021 edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné (May 30 to June 6) features three mountain stages including three summit finishes along with an individual time trial and several lumpy stages.

The 73rd edition of the race, commonly used as a warm up for the Tour de France, will begin in Issoire

The riders will face a challenging first stage that will favour punchers as the riders start and finish in the town of Issoire taking in seven categorised climbs, but the climbs ranking does not go above a three.

Stage two is the first challenge for the GC riders as they ride from Brioude to Saugues over very lumpy terrain with the finish just after going over the top of the Côte de la Forêt de Pourcheresse and the small kick of the Côte de Masset.

Stage three should be a rare day for the fast men in the field as they ride from Langeac to Saint-Haon-le-Vieux, following that is will be the individual time trial that goes over hilly terrain with a slightly uphill finish between Firminy and Roche-la-Molière.

Stage five between Saint-Chamond and Saint-Vallier should be the final chance for the faster riders before hitting the mountains.

The first summit finish comes on stage six and sees the riders start on a largely flat stage before heading up three climbs in the final third of the stage, finishing on Sappey-en-Chartreuse with stage seven also taking in a similar profile just with much larger mountains with a finish on La Plagne.

The final stage comes with yet more climbing as the race heads into Switzerland to finish on Les Gets after taking on six categorised climbs of various categorisations.

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Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 route: stages

Stage one, Sunday May 30  Issoire – Issoire 182km hills
Stage two, Monday May 31 Brioude – Saugues 173km hills
Stage three, Tuesday June 1 Langeac – Saint-Haon-le-Vieux 172.5km flat
Stage four, Wednesday June 2 Firminy – Roche-la-Molière 16.4km ITT
Stage five, Thursday June 3 Saint-Chamond – Saint-Vallier 175.5km flat
Stage six, Friday June 4 Loriol-sur-Drôme – Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse 168km mountain
Stage seven, Saturday June 5 Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux – La Plagne 171km mountain
Stage eight, Sunday June 6 La Léchère-les-Bains – Les Gets 147km mountain

Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 route stage by stage

Here’s a look at the profiles which will shape this year’s race…

Sunday May 30 Issoire – Issoire 182km

Stage two, Monday May 31 Brioude – Saugues 173km

Stage three, Tuesday June 1 Langeac – Saint-Haon-le-Vieux 172.5km

Stage four, Wednesday June 2 Firminy – Roche-la-Molière 16.4km ITT

Stage five, Thursday June 3 Saint-Chamond – Saint-Vallier 175.5km

Stage six, Friday June 4 Loriol-sur-Drôme – Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse 168km

Stage seven, Saturday June 5 Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux – La Plagne 171km

Stage eight, Sunday June 6 La Léchère-les-Bains – Les Gets 147km