SBS brings you the Critérium du Dauphiné from 4 - 11 June. Here's the latest updates on the eight stage race, a traditional warm-up before the big dance around France.
Sunday 4 Jun 2017
Chris Froome (Sky) enters the Critérium du Dauphiné on the back of his lightest race schedule in years. He arguably no longer must prove himself outside of select events, such is the image he and Sky have cultivated, explains Sky sport director...
[node_list uuid="a9440bd1-0aaa-4f78-872d-d9f966fd5f3b"]The Critérium du Dauphiné is a curtain-raiser to the Tour de France and so provides Sky with an opportunity to intimidate key rivals at the race and before the main draw.Speaking to...
Movistar heads into the Dauphiné with 2017's most 'winningest' rider, Alejandro Valverde.
The Spaniard has won three of the eight one-day races he started this season, including Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Fleche Wallone. The two-time Dauphiné winner has not lost a stage race, winning all three he entered this year including the Tour of the Basque Country and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. This early season success earned him some rest and a training block.
Although he hasn't raced for over a month it's hard to come up with any predictions for this race where Valverde doesn't podium.
He'll surely feature in the mountains, but the seasoned veteran may also take advantage of other stages suited to his punchy kick.
At least that's what Dauphiné technical director Gilles Maignan hopes for stage 1 in Saint-Étienne.
"There isn’t any flat section on the circuit and the final straight on the Cours Fauriel is a false flat uphill.
"Since the Côte de Rochetaillée isn’t very wide, positioning will be crucial. I can imagine Valverde taking profit of the situation. Time gaps shouldn’t be big but they might impact the final result of the race.”
Movistar at the Dauphiné: Jorge Arcas, Richard Carapaz, Imanol Erviti, Rubén Fernández, Jesús Herrada, Dani Moreno, Jasha Sütterlin, Alejandro Valverde.
Cyclingnews reports that Fabio Aru considers his participation in the Critérium du Dauphiné a new start to his season and as a result has no serious expectations.
The Astana rider has not raced since March's Tirreno-Adriatico which he abandoned with bronchitis. A knee injury sustained during an altitude training camp in Spain also scuppered the Sardinian's plans to start the Giro in his home town.
“The Dauphiné will immediately show where I am against the best rider in the world. It’s a new start for me but I hope to be competitive and up there,” Aru said.
“It’s like a new start to the season for me, even if I don’t want to forget my good performances at the Tour of Oman where I was second on the mountain finish and third overall, and at the Abu Dhabi Tour, where I was sixth on the climb. Those results remain even if a tough spell began soon after.
“I’ve been feeling better day after day even if I don’t know how I’ll go. I haven’t raced against other riders for a long time. I can’t wait to start racing but who knows how it will go.”
Astana at the Critérium du Dauphiné: