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.
Saint-Vulbas – Plaine de l’Ain t0 Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne
Stage seven, Sat June 15
Saint-Genix-les-Villages to Les Sept Laux-Pipay
Stage eight, Sun June 16
Cluses to Champéry (Switzerland)
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.