Critérium du Dauphiné

Critérium du Dauphiné or previously known as Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré is an annual cycling race that takes place in Dauphiné, southeast France. What makes the Critérium du Dauphiné race popular amongst fans and riders is the fact that it is part of the UCI World Tour.

One of the reasons that Critérium du Dauphiné is extremely popular among fans is because it occurs right before the Tour de France and the Tour de Suisse races. Taking in place in June, fans are able to gauge each individuals’ and teams’ performances as they go into massive races.

Started in the year 1947 by French local newspaper, the Dauphiné Libéré, this race is a test of climbing capabilities of riders. In fact, many climbs from Tour de France itself are addressed in this race.

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Critérium du Dauphiné Route

The Dauphiné race is held across a duration of eight days in the Rhône-Alpes (southeast region of France). More often than not, the race always begins on a Sunday and covers a huge proportion of the French Alps.

The starting stages usually occur in the lower hilly regions of Rhône-Alpes, before taking it harder core in the higher mountains of Dauphiné. In these parts of the race, individual and team trials are usually included.

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Recent Critérium du Dauphiné Winners

Yellow Jersey:

  • BIB No. 21
  • Geraint Thomas (GBR) – 25/05/1986
  • Team Sky
  • 24h 43’ 12”

This team has previously had 19 victories and 53 podium wins in his career

Green Jersey:

  • BIB No. 135
  • Daryl Impey (RSA) – 06/12/1984
  • Mitchelton – Scott
  • 45 points

This team has previously had 26 victories and 67 podium wins

Polka Dot Jersey:

  • BIB No. 2
  • Dario Cataldo (ITA) – 17/03/1985
  • Astana Pro Team
  • 53 points

This team has previously had 5 victories and 20 podium wins

White Jersey:

  • BIB No. 35
  • Pierre Roger Latour (FRA) – 12/10/1993
  • AG2R La Mondiale
  • 24h 47’ 17”

This team has had 3 victories and 22 podiums

Best Team:

  • Team Sky (GBR)
  • Stages won: 1
  • Overall Ranking: 1
  • Competitors in Race: 6

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Previous Winners of the Critérium du Dauphiné

  • 2018: Geraint Thomas (GBR) of Team Sky
  • 2017: Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) of Astana
  • 2016: Chris Froome (GBR) of Team Sky
  • 2015: Chris Froome (GBR) of Team Sky
  • 2014: Andrew Talansky (USA) of Garmin-Sharp
  • 2013: Chris Froome (GBR) of Team Sky
  • 2012: Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Team Sky
  • 2011: Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Team Sky

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Multiple Winners of the Critérium du Dauphiné

3-Time Winners:

  • Nello Lauredi (FRA): 1950, 1951 and 1954
  • Luis Ocana (ESP): 1970, 1972 and 1973
  • Bernard Hinault (FRA): 1977, 1979 and 1981
  • Charly Mottet (FRA): 1987, 1989 and 1992
  • Chris Froome (GBR): 2013, 2015 and 2016

2-Time Winners:

  • Jean Dotto (FRA):1952 and 1960
  • Jaques Anquetil (FRA): 1963 and 1965
  • Raymond Poulidor (FRA): 1996 and 1969
  • Bernard Thevenet (FRA): 1975 and 1976
  • Luis Herrera (COL): 1988 and 1991
  • Laurent Dufaux (SUI): 1993 and 1994
  • Miguel Indurain (ESP): 1995 and 1996
  • Christophe Moreau (FRA): 2001 and 2007
  • Alejandro Valverde (ESP): 2008 and 2009
  • Bradley Wiggins (GBR): 2011 and 2012