Ever loyal to its commitments, LCL has been present at the Tour de France for over 30 years. It now awards the prize for the overall leader of the stage trials organised by ASO in France.
LCL maintains a strong presence throughout the year thanks to its involvement with world-class cycling events:
At the head of a professional cycling team in 2004 and 2005, RAGT Semences, and thus the nation's farmers, return to the peloton with the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Through its research, RAGT Semences produces and markets seeds worldwide through its 15 subsidiaries and a hundred sales teams, interacting daily with farmers and distributors.
In the field of agriculture, RAGT Semences has won recognition for its varieties of corn, wheat, sunflower, rapeseed and forage grasses. To the general public, the name RAGT Semences signifies the varieties of durum wheat used in the pasta made by the largest French and Italian brands, as well as the seeded lawns that are the international hallmarks of many sports arenas.
Over the last 45 years, the Portes du Soleil and its 12 Franco-Swiss stations have emerged as one of the world's largest ski resorts, with nearly 650 km of slopes.
A unique skiing environment, offering easy transfers from one station to another, between France and Switzerland: welcome to the ski-safari, set against an unspoilt natural backdrop.
In summer, the Portes du Soleil become a European mountain biking stronghold, with 25 lifts offering access to hundreds of kilometres of marked and maintained trails for all techniques: cross-country, downhill and enduro.
The Pass'Portes du Soleil MTB, the biggest mountain biking event in Europe, signals the start of the mountain biking season. 6,000 riders from around the world will be tackling the 80 km journey on 29th–30th June and 1st July.
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Savoy Mont Blanc, the cycling destination!
From the gentle to the famously challenging, Savoy Mont Blanc boasts no fewer than 68 remarkable mountain passes and climbs. This summer, 14 of them will be reserved for a morning on certain dates, with 8-10 km dedicated exclusively to the use of cycleclimbers. No motor vehicles allowed! The first event takes place on 16th June with the ascent of the Relais du Mont du Chat, with its commanding views over the Lac du Bourget and Mont Blanc in the background, culminating on 16th September with the climb up the Col du Chatillon outside Annecy, complete with yet more beautiful scenery! Also on the agenda: the Iseran pass, plus those of the Croix de Fer, Grand Cucheron, etc. Calling all fans!
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Alden, unrivalled leaders in embedded multimedia throughout Europe, provides country-specific Internet and satellite TV solutions. Alden have made headlines by launching revolutionary new concepts: the AIO, the first "All-in-one" TV and I-GC, the on-board digital tablet that does it all. Designed to make life easier for camping car enthusiasts, AIO and I-GC have been widely acclaimed in the international press. It's good to know that someone has thought of making everything simpler.
Alden, renewable energy specialist for 15 years, respects the environment and offers "energy" solutions for mobile entertainment.
Randstad, an official partner of Critérium du Dauphiné, is proud to associate its image with this legendary cycling race. The world's second largest group for HR services, Randstad offers the full range of business services: recruitment, temporary, direct approach, consulting, training, reclassification. Randstad aims to foster continuous innovation, based on quality service to companies and candidates. Through its network of 900 branches, present throughout the country, the group displays its determination to promote and attract the best talent, while respecting their diversity.
ALCATEL ONE TOUCH designs, develops and distributes a wide range of mobile phones and multimedia tablets in different designs. ALCATEL ONE TOUCH fulfils the needs of globetrotting consumers with its 21st-century terminals: simple, ergonomic and equipped with the most advanced technology. Solutions for every need: Internet, email, social networks, photo, music, applications, Android etc.
With its values of proximity, generosity and performance, which it shares with the world of cycling, Alcatel One Touch has for several years been involved alongside ASO as official partners of the Tour de France, the SpanishVuelta and other cycling races, including the Critérium du Dauphiné.
With its undeniable international prestige as a manufacturer of high quality watches, Festina has established itself, in its 110 years of existence, as a symbol of elegance and dynamism while never losing sight of tradition and authenticity.
The idea of sport is also deeply rooted in the brand's DNA. The values of performance, courage and self-transcendence are common to cycling and the Festina brand.
It is therefore only natural that Festina should be the official timekeeper of the Tour de France – and indeed has been for 20 years – besides numerous other international competitions, including the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Share in the emotions of cycling with Festina.
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AG2R LA MONDIALE is an insurance group specialising in personal protection.
Whether for provident funds, health, savings or retirement, we offer all our clients and their families tailored performance solutions, at the right price, throughout their lives.
We are guided by two principles: solidarity and performance. For there can be no generosity without careful management of risks and assets. We could not insure 8 million people in France without strong financial foundations.
It is precisely this unique understanding of our profession that has fuelled our commitment to cycling over the past 15 years –the individual success of a rider is always the result of the team spirit that inspires his teammates.
With AG2R LA MONDIALE, you're never alone
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For its 130th anniversary, Le Coq Sportif is to become a partner of the main ASO races and will thus provide the four leaders' jerseys: the yellow jersey, the green jersey, the polka dot jersey and the white jersey. A historic partner of the great moments in sport, the tricolour brand is revisiting its glorious past in the cycling world. Its renewed connection with the Tour de France is a genuine reunion because since 1951 and for nearly 40 years, Le Coq Sportif has equipped some of the greatest riders, from Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault to Eddy Merckx.
We focus all your needs, however varied... and you can be sure of finding the best quality / reliability / price with our range.
All that remains for you to do is to choose between the Fabia, Roomster, Octavia, Superb and Yeti or soon the Citigo.
With their original designs and comfortable fittings, Škoda vehicles have nothing to envy the competition.
As a Volkswagen Group brand, we have been able to increase the quality of our vehicles and our image alongside one of the largest carmakers.
Feel free to come and discover our brand from our distributors.
Mavic, French manufacturer of wheel-tyre systems, rims, pedals and counters for sports cycling, was founded back in 1889 in Lyon, no fewer than 123 years ago. Today, Mavic designs and manufactures a complete range of technical and innovative equipment for the sport of cycling. Full details on www.mavic.com, and on the Mavic Facebook and YouTube pages.
It is crucial to drink before, during and after exercise. Water is essential for all of us, especially for athletes, for whom good hydration helps maintain physical performance.
Drinking VITTEL natural mineral water keeps you hydrated throughout your exercise!
Much prized for its balanced flavour and unique minerality, VITTEL creates a natural feeling of freshness and vitality: Which is why so many athletes choose VITTEL as a partner!
Since its début on 12 June, 1947, the Critérium du Dauphiné has been inextricably bound up with the history of our newspapers, whose sports pages are a formidable voice for cycling.
From the first days of June, the race founded by Georges Cazeneuve criss-crosses the roads of our region, from the Alpine peaks to the Rhône Valley, an itinerary marked with outstanding milestones that have turned this unique endurance test into a legend.
This mission to inform continues to this day, with 8 pages devoted each day to the 64th edition, so that, our readers can follow the meanderings and exploits of the greatest riders in the peloton, stage by stage, along the roads of our beautiful region.
With a cumulative audience of 7.2%, nearly 3.8 million listeners daily, the France Bleu network (43 local radio stations) is France's second most popular radio station from 5.00 to 6:15 am and from 10.00 to 11.30 am, according to the Médiamétrie audience ratings from January-March 2012.
France Bleu increasingly enjoys the loyalty of its listeners with its 2 hours 8 minutes of listening time (6 minutes more than last year).
Tune in for news of the Criterium du Dauphiné every day live from the finishing line on France Bleu Pays de Savoie, France Bleu Isère and Drôme Ardèche.
All frequencies available from francebleu.fr
France Info continues its partnership with the Critérium du Dauphiné, one of the major events of the cycling calendar! Sports correspondent Fabrice Rigobert will provide live coverage of the Criterium du Dauphiné for France Info.
France Info has all the sports.
France Info covers all the major cycling races and ley sporting event in general: Roland Garros, the Rugby Top 14, the Dakar Rally, the Tour de France, the Solitaire du Figaro and the evening French football matches from the top two divisions.
Catch all the daily sports news on the air with France Info on "France Info Sports" and Franceinfo.fr
Historic partner of the Critérium du Dauphiné and producer of the race's international broadcast, France Télévisions will offer exceptional coverage of the 2012 edition, featuring both the prologue and the seven stages live on France 3.
From 3 to 10 June, France 3 will thus devote over ten hours of live broadcast time to the Critérium du Dauphiné, presented by commentators Thierry Adam, Laurent Jalabert and Nicolas Geay. There will also be complete coverage of the race in the programmes Stade 2 and Tout le Sport, as well as the news and sports news programmes of the relevant local stations (France 3 Rhône-Alpes and France 3 Alpes). All the stages will be broadcast live on direct video on francetv.fr and will be available on catch-up TV on pluzz.fr.
Each year France Télévisions offers, particularly on France 3, unrivalled coverage (in addition to the races rebroadcast on the local France 3 stations) and over 120 hours of airtime, from the Paris-Nice, Paris-Tours and Paris-Roubaix, to the Critérium du Dauphiné, the French and World Championships and of course the Tour de France!