The Dauphine will host the world’s best cyclists from 5-12 June for a battle of titans in the Alps with a new time trial from the Les Gets ski resort to the finish at Superdévoluy.

SBS will broadcast all stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné LIVE on SBS2 and online. Check below for times.

 

 

Friday 3 Jun 2016

Despite not racing a lot this season or showing form when he has, Chris Froome is hard to go past as a favourite with this line up fit for a Tour de France. Froome won the race in 2013 and 2015, then went on to win the Tour both years. 

Sergio Henao returns from the sidelines and Mikel Landa from an abandoned Giro d'Italia. 

If Geraint Thomas was not off racing at the Tour de Suisse, it'd have to be close to the team they go with come July. 

Cue some epic Froomey stem watching - he's ready to spin. 

Porte told Cycling News:

"The team's expectations are to go the Dauphine and target a stage. The goal posts might widen a bit more once we get to the race but I'm just looking forward to going there and testing myself against some of the big Tour favourites. It'll give me a chance to see where I'm at this stage.

"The short sharp stages are exciting and unpredictable but I think that they suit me pretty well. The first stage, with the prologue could be good for me too," added Porte. Stage 2 is the longest of the race at 182km with the last three mountains stages all under 151km in length.

BMC to Dauphine: Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Ben Hermans, Amaël Moinard, Richie Porte, Greg Van Avermaet.  

Stacked roster ready to rumble at Critérium du Dauphiné
As the clock ticks down to the start of the Critérium du Dauphiné the main contenders are itching to see how their training has panned out in this week-long test ahead of the Tour de France.

Alberto Contador has never won the Criterium du Dauphine but has finished on the podium many times, preferring to use the race purely to get racing back in the legs and to assess the form of his rivals. 

"The Dauphiné will be important to build speed in the legs, which is what will still be missing the most, but the most important thing is that there haven't been any setbacks and that's always good news," Contador said. 

"There will be tough days in which I will be able to see where I stand compared to the rivals. After the Dauphiné is over, I will know whether I have to give more intensity to my training or if we have to be a little more cautious."

Contador also provided some excellent analysis of the race parcours. 

"It's very, very hard and demanding. Most of the summit finishes are not very hard, but they are preceded by other very demanding climbs with finishes of 5% or 5.5%, but you will reach them with just enough strength left.

"It alters a bit the 'obligation' to contest the race, because you cannot wear yourself nor the team. We will have to take it day by day."

Sport director Steven de Jongh said that like other teams, they are focused on a stage win as well as a good result on GC.  

"But I think a lot of teams will be aiming for the same as us here so we will take it day by day to see how the tactics are. The race starts with a tough 3.9km uphill prologue – this first day will give a good view on how the strength in each of the teams is looking.”

 

 

 

In an interview with the letour.fr website, organisers of the Dauphine, Pinot said he returns to the race despite it not being on his race schedule since 2011.

"I missed not riding in the Dauphine. I wasn't necessarily preoccupied with knowing who would be here, because all the races are difficult to win. But it is very interesting to see exactly where I am against the competition.”

The Frenchman is considered a good chance for overall victory, but prefers to play this down. 

“My objective is to do the best I can, without putting any pressure on myself, while remembering that I am here to continue my preparation for the Tour de France.

"Among the favourites, we all function differently. Alberto Contador likes to be on form rather early, which has been the case this year. Chris Froome has already shown that you can start a little late and then be very strong in July. Each of us has his own strategy. As for myself, I prefer to get the season started and get good results as soon as possible. This how it has gone this year, I am pretty pleased so far.”

Pinot finished second overall behind Nairo Quintana at the Tour of Romandie and since then has been training and conducting reconnaissance of the Tour and the Dauphine in the Alps. 

 

 

 

With his fifth place finish in last year's edition, Orica-GreenEdge hopes for another strong performance from Adam Yates. 

While his brother Simon still waits for a decision on his Paris-Nice positive anti-doping test, Adam will be supported in the mountains by 22-year-old Australian rider Jack Haig, Christian Meier and Damien Howson. 

Orica-GreenEDGE's Simon Yates fails doping control
Orica-GreenEDGE British climber Simon Yates has returned a positive result for a controlled substance.

Howson comes fresh from an impressive performance at the Giro d'Italia, ably supporting Esteban Chaves' successful podium quest. 

“This is always a hard race. The route is a difficult one in and around the Alps, but we have a really balanced team and we are going into the race looking for stage results, said sport director Laurenzo Lapage. 

To that end, Simon Gerrans will target the sprints supported by Jens Keukleire, Mitch Docker and Daryl Impey. 

It's Mitch Docker's first race back after sustaining nasty facial injuries in April at Paris-Roubaix. 

 

 

Although Katusha has not officially announced a full line-up we know Joaquim Rodriguez is definitely racing.

He retweeted this tweet which roughly translates to "Can Joaquim Rodriguez take the podium at this year's Dauphine, RT if Yes."

 

After winning the Giro d'Italia young rider's jersey, several stages and time in the maglia rosa, in addition to taking the Amgen Tour of California overall, noone would baulk if Etixx-Quickstep sat down beside the pool and said "job done." Instead, they will field a strong team for stage wins. 

Julian Alaphilippe won the queen stage at the Tour of California on his way to the overall victory and will target similar stages here.

Dan Martin will also look for a stage win. 

"We come here with a team focused less on GC with Julian and Dan being two of the ones who can notch a victory. Still, if the right circumstances will be there, then Dan, who has a lot of experience, could leave his mark on the overall”, said sport director Brian Holm. 

The team: Julian Alaphilippe, Maxime Bouet, Laurens De Plus, Daniel Martin, Tony Martin, Niki Terpstra, Stijn Vandenbergh, Martin Velits 

All stages are LIVE online and on SBS2. All times are AEST.

Prologue
Sunday 5 June
21:35-23:05 SBS2

Stage 1
Monday 6 June
23:55-01:25 SBS2

Stage 2
Tuesday 7 June
23:55-01:25 SBS2

Stage 3
Thursday 9 June
00:05-01:30 SBS2

Stage 4
Thursday 9 June
23:55-01:25 SBS2

Stage 5
Saturday 11 June
00:00-01:25 SBS2

Stage 6
Sunday 12 June
00:20-01:50 SBS2

Stage 7
Sunday 12 June
21:35-23:15 SBS2