5 Jun 2016 - 12:16 PM  UPDATED 5 Jun 2016 - 12:43 PM

Catch up on the latest last minute news before the race kicks off this evening. 

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Richie Porte primed for the Criterium du Dauphine
Richie Porte is primed for the Criterium du Dauphine after a solid stint of training around the comforts of home over isolated altitude camps on volcanos.
2016 Criterium du Dauphine: teams and hopes unveiled
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.

Sunday 5 Jun 2016

The Dauphine kicks off with a 4km uphill time trial with an average gradient of 10%. 

"We wanted to do something radically different from a standard prologue. The terrain offers this opportunity. It's almost four times the Mur de Huy," course designer Gilles Maignan said referring to the famous La Fleche Wallone climb.

Romain Bardet (AG2R) in an ASO press release said after recon of the stage it was extremely steep.

"I'm wondering if there isn't a peak above 20%. No one will be able to hide," he said. 

"The prologue will be a good test although it's the first day of racing for many of us after a long break so we don't know how the body and the heart will react. It's going to be hard. I'll go flat out and I'll try to win," Alberto Contador also said. 

Without knowing who may back up from Nibali's 2016 successful Giro team - if any - and who is racing the Tour de Suisse, it's hard to say yet whether this is a likely Tour de France line-up. 

But armed with Tiralongo, Rosa, Sanchez and Cataldo from his 2015 Giro d'Italia second place, Aru means business. 



In an interview on the AG2R-Mondiale website, Romain Bardet said he hasn't raced since Liege-Bastogne-Liege and is keen to get the Dauphine started. 

"I will need to get my competition rhythm back. The three first stages seem to be ideal to do so," he said. 

He still rates his chances in the mini Tour de France. 

"A beautiful but merciless race; the Dauphine will not only be a question of quantifiable targets but taking control in the decisive moments.

"I hope I will be able to compete with the GC contenders because I have been feeling in great shape over the last few weeks. 

I trained on the next Tour de France stages which are situated in the Cantal area. I went to Sierra Nevada for a team training session. We rode 1500 km and climbed mountain passes which were 3000 meters high.


"Basically, it was hard work but our team atmosphere was really great. We have an impressive team lineup."

It hasn't all been about the Tour de France as the Frenchman was able to take time out to continue study. 

"I am studying management at the Grenoble Business School and, as part of my master degree, I did a work placement in public relations for the AS Montferrand rugby club."


The ASO has announced an expansion of last year's GoPro experimentation at the Dauphine. 

This year, 15 GoPro cameras will be mounted daily at both the front and rear of the rider’s bikes and a clip uploaded on the race website each following morning and will be accessible to teams. At the end of the race, a best of clip will compile the best moments of the race caught on these cameras. Content will also be available across all Dauphine social media platforms. 

Additionally,  Dimension Data has developed a tracking system for each rider which includes data on position and speed of the riders that can be incorporated into the race coverage as it happens.