Critérium du Dauphiné

Where: France
When: August 12-16 2020
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

The Critérium du Dauphiné marks the traditional run-in to the Tour de France, and so all eyes are on how the top contenders ride.

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) won the general classification in 2019, taking the mantle from 2018 winner Geraint Thomas.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 stages

The full route for the Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 can be found here.

Stage one, Sunday August 12 Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d’Or to Saint-Christo-en-Jerez 181km
Stage two, Monday August 13 Vienne to Col de Porte 132.5km
Stage three, Tuesday August 14 Corenc to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville 156.5km
Stage four, Wednesday August 15 Ugine – Megève 156.5km
Stage five, Thursday August 16 Megève to Megève 153

About the Critérium du Dauphiné

Usually lasting for eight days, the Critérium du Dauphiné is a sort of compressed version of the Tour, with a variation of Alpine mountains, time-trials, flat and hilly stages held across France’s terrain that resembles what awaits the riders come July.

But in 2020 the race has a different look, every single day sees a summit finish with no sprint days or time trials in sight. It has also been shortened to just five days to fit into the new post-pandemic calendar.

This race has in the past been a key focus for Team Ineos (Sky): not only have the team won six of the past nine editions (twice through Bradley Wiggins in 2011 and 2012 and three times through Chris Froome in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and via Geraint Thomas in 2018), they also tend to dominate the race with imposing performances across the whole team, with their supporting riders often outperforming other teams’ leaders.

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Critérium du Dauphiné: Recent winners

2019 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
2018 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
2017 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
2016 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
2015 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
2014 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp
2013 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
2012 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
2011 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
2010 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) RadioShack
2009 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
2008 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
2007 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance