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The Critérium du Dauphiné will be shown on SBS from 4 - 11 June. The eight stage race is the traditional warm-up for the Tour de France and is often where the riders that are in contention to win the yellow jersey in July show their true form.
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23 May 2017 - 2:15 PM  UPDATED 2 Jun 2017 - 8:42 AM

In four of the last five seasons, the Critérium du Dauphiné winner has then gone on to win the Tour de France. There should be little change to that formula this season as the race will again visit the high mountains for the final three stages, including the famed climb of the Alpe d'Huez.

The first five stages will act as the table-setting for the final three days in the mountains with opportunities for both sprinters and attackers to shine before the spotlight falls upon the climbers.

The 2017 edition of the race will continue the tradition of being an important opportunity for reconnaissance ahead of the Tour de France. he monstrously tough Mont du Chat, which hasn't appeared in the Tour de France since 1974 will be part of both Stage 6 of the Dauphine and Stage 9 of the Tour de France.

The centrepiece of the race will be Stage 7 which finishes atop the Alpe d'Huez. The approach to the famed summit comes via the Col de Sarenne and will then ascend the final few kilometres of the Alpe d'Huez before the finish line.

Bardet keen to race the Critérium du Dauphiné
2016 Tour de France runner-up Romain Bardet (AG2R) can't wait to get back to racing at the Critérium du Dauphiné this weekend. But it will be minus a key lieutenant from last year's Tour team. Watch the race LIVE on SBS Viceland and online, kicking off with stage 1, Sunday 4 June at 9.45pm AEST.

Porte primed for Dauphine
2017 Tour de Romandie winner Richie Porte will return to the Critérium du Dauphiné from 4-11 June to race for the last time before the Tour de France.

Critérium du Dauphiné broadcast and streaming times

Sunday, 4 June. Stage 1: Saint-Étienne - Saint-Étienne (170 km)
2145 – 2315 SBS Viceland and streaming online

Monday, 5 June. Stage 2: Saint-Chamond - Arlanc (171 km)
2300 – 0035 SBS Viceland and streaming online

Tuesday, 6 June. Stage 3: Le Chambon-sur-Lignon - Tullins (184 km)
2320 – 0035 SBS Viceland and streaming online

Wednesday, 7 June. Stage 4: La Tour-du-Pin - Bourgoin-Jallieu (23.5 TT)
2300 – 0035 SBS Viceland and streaming online

Thursday, 8 June. Stage 5: La Tour-de-Salvagny - Mâcon (175 km)
2300 – 0035 SBS Viceland and streaming online

Friday, 9 June. Stage 6: Parc des Oiseaux Villars-les-Dombes - La Motte-Servolex (145.5 km)
2300 – 0035 SBS Viceland and streaming online

Saturday, 10 June. Stage 7: Aosta - Alpe d'Huez (167.5 km)
2135 – 2310 SBS Viceland and streaming online

Sunday, 11 June. Stage 8: Albertville - Plateau de Solaison (115 km)
2145 – 2310 SBS Viceland and streaming online