Romain Bardet:

Saturday, June 7th

A rookie at the Dauphiné, AG2R-La Mondiale's Romain Bardet who was the first Frenchman at the Tour de France last year (15th) eyes his home race with a great motivation. Read more

A time trial to begin with and
time bonus up for grab

Saturday, June 7th

The 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné features a 10.4km individual time trial in the streets of Lyon as the inaugural stage this Sunday. Read more

Van Garderen aims high at the

Saturday, June 7th

Beside the trio of hot favorites composed of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali, Tejay van Garderen is the underdog of the Dauphiné starting in Lyon this Sunday with a 10.4km time... Read more

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Friday, June 6th

On Sunday, the battles will start in the streets of Lyon, firstly between the leading flat specialists. As for the sprinters, Thor Hushovd will be in attendance to seek a 5th stage win on the... Read more

Voeckler: "A protagonist, like
last year"

Tuesday, June 3rd

Thomas Voeckler, the stage winner in Grenoble last year, hopes to open his 2014 account in what will be his eighth Dauphiné. Read more

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Mountains In All Shapes And Flavours


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The announcement of the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné route at the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council in Lyon has revealed a tough course on which punchers, one-day climbers and pure mountain goats will all have their say.

From Lyon to Courchevel, via the Puy-de-Dôme, Ardèche and Switzerland, the leading lights of elite cycling will strive to take home a prestigious win and land the first blow ahead of the Tour de France. It is certainly not a coincidence that 2013 champion Christopher Froome has already put his name down for the Alpine race that will take place from June 8 to 15, just like Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador, two of the big favourites to stand atop the podium in Paris in July.

The 66th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné will kick off on June 8 with a 10 km individual time trial on the streets of Lyon. Before climbing the Montée de l'Observance and plunging towards the Confluence neighbourhood, the riders will blast through Le Tube, a brand-new 1.8 km tunnel for cyclists and pedestrians under the Croix-Rousse hill. The chips will come down for the overall contenders the very next day with a gruelling climb up the Col du Béal (13.6 km at 6.6%). A certain Nairo Quintana, Andrew Talansky and Romain Bardet were in the mix when the Tour de l'Avenir dropped by in 2010…

The stages to Le Teil (Tuesday 10), Gap (Wednesday 11) and Poisy (Friday 13) will be for the sprinters if they manage to keep on a tight leash the many adventurers who will use the rugged terrain (including the climb up the Col de Manse on the way to Gap) as a springboard to try and wrestle victory from the jaws of the peloton. Nevertheless, the second half of the race will feature mountains, mountains and more mountains, with a tricky finish in La Mure (Thursday 12) at the end of a leg-breaking stage in which the Côte de Laffrey (6.3 km at 6.2%) could set the scene for a clash of titans. The fearsome final weekend in Switzerland and Savoy promises to be decisive. In Switzerland, the double whammy of the Col de la Forclaz (12.6 km at 8.2%) and the first ever summit finish on Finhaut-Émosson (10.2 km at 8%) will provide an opportunity for the mountain goats to light the fireworks, while in Savoy, the short (130.5 km) and tricky (with three category 1 and one category 2 climbs) final stage from Megève to Courchevel has the potential to turn the overall classification on its head at the eleventh hour.

Sunday, June 8, stage 1: Lyon – Lyon, 10 km (individual time trial)
Monday, June 9, stage 2: Tarare – Pays d'Olliergues-Col du Béal, 158.5 km
Tuesday, June 10, stage 3: Ambert – Le Teil, 194 km
Wednesday, June 11, stage 4: Montélimar – Gap, 169.5 km
Thursday, June 12, stage 5: Sisteron – La Mure, 184 km
Friday, June 13, stage 6: Grenoble – Poisy, 168 km
Saturday, June 14, stage 7: Ville-la-Grand – Finaut-Émosson (Switzerland), 161.5 km
Sunday, June 15, stage 8: Megève – Courchevel, 130.5 km

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