2017 route: back to the Alpe d'Huez

Thursday, March 16th

The 69th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné (June 4–11) will bring many of the Tour de France favourites head-to-head, pitting them against the fearsome Mont du Chat for the first time in... Read more

2017 Dauphiné : teams selection

Thursday, January 26th

The organisers have chosen the teams that will take part in the 75th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné (June 4-11). Read more

Going all out

Thursday, March 16th

Cycling fans develop a very particular attachment to the history of the places they visit. As a result, the familiar features of the 2017 Dauphiné route are likely to be music to the ears of even... Read more

Dauphiné 2017: Saint-Etienne 70 years on

Tuesday, September 27th

70 years after the birth of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the start of the 2017 edition will take place in Saint-Etienne on June 4, 2017 with a 170km stage on the programme. This will be a race the... Read more

Chris Froome and Stephen Cummings: rule Britannia!

Monday, June 13th

Great-Britain's Stephen Cummings claimed his first ever stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné thanks to a 60-km long solo breakaway while his compatriot Chris Froome sealed his third overall... Read more

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Going all out

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Cycling fans develop a very particular attachment to the history of the places they visit. As a result, the familiar features of the 2017 Dauphiné route are likely to be music to the ears of even the most demanding connoisseurs.

While the starting point in Saint-Etienne is famous for the feats of its football team, Les Verts, cycling fans will primarily recognise it for having hosted 25 stages of the Tour de France, 59 of Paris-Nice and 24 of the Dauphiné... in other words, a very well established destination and one of the capitals of cycling. A little later, the peloton will tackle the dreaded climb up the Mont du Chat, for a battle which could be a foretaste of 9th July during the Tour de France as they head towards Chambéry. The next day, the riders will set their sights on hallowed ground. But the procession to Alpe d'Huez is by no means a pilgrimage. Much like the champions, who have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to innovate and surprise, we also wanted to play around with this monument - this time by going around it. The traditional 21-bend climb has been rethought, incorporating a detour which will separate out the riders as they climb the Col de Sarenne, and again over the last four kilometres of the classic ascent. The final “explosion” will of course take place on the last stage, which is open to all riders. The finale at the Plateau de Solaison lends itself well to a flat-out battle of the pedals!

Christian Prudhomme

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