Critérium du Dauphiné

Where: France
When: June 9-16 2019
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 general classification after stage four

1. Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 12-27-26
2. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida, at 4 seconds
3. Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education First, at 6s
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, at 7s
5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, at 24s
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 25s
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 26s
8. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana, at 30s
9. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma, at same time
10. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, at 40s .

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.

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won the general classification in 2018, becoming the fifth British rider to win the overall.

Thomas then went on to win the French Grand Tour – once again reinforcing the importance of this warm-up race.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 stages

The full route for the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 has been announced, here’s the skinny on the stages:

Stage one, Sun June 9 Aurillac to Jussac 142km
Stage two, Mon June 10 Mauriac to Craponne-sur-Arzon 180km
Stage three, Tue June 11 Le Puy-en-Velay to Riom 172km
Stage four, Wed June 12 Roanne to Roanne 26.1km (TT)
Stage five, Thu June 13 Boën-sur-Lignon to Voiron 201km
Stage six, Fri June 14 Saint-Vulbas – Plaine de l’Ain t0 Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne 228km
Stage seven, Sat June 15 Saint-Genix-les-Villages to Les Sept Laux-Pipay 133km
Stage eight, Sun June 16 Cluses to Champéry (Switzerland) 113.5km

About the Critérium du Dauphiné

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.

This race has in the past been a key focus for Team 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

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