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What Makes A Grand Tour?

Once upon a time a “grand tour” was a term applied to the journey young noblemen would take around Europe to finish off their education, perfecting languages and learning new things. As a cycling term it seems only to have appeared only in the 1990s as a collective label for the respective tours ...

The Moment The Critérium du Dauphiné Was Won

Wout Poels has punched ahead for the stage win but behind Jacob Fuglsand and Emanuel Buchmann are ahead of the rest of the contenders. The photo tells us plenty about the week with the wet weather visible and an Ineos worker unleashed. Stage 1 saw Edvald Boasson Hagen win and Dimension Data resurg...

Critérium Dauphiné Stage 8 Preview

The final stage of the Dauphiné and there’s still all to play for with the overall classification still wide open. Jacob Fuglsang leads but can he defend and win this race for the second time? Après vous, le deluge: a mild start to the stage in terms of weather but lively with a giant breakaway of...

Critérium Dauphiné Stage 7 Preview

The big mountain stage that’s just 133km, today’s stage has a succession of climbs leading to the long slog up to the ski resort of Pipay. Stage 6 Review: when the world’s number one ranked rider Julian Alaphilippe attacked and took Alessandro de Marchi and Gregor Mühlberger for company you’d imag...

Critérium Dauphiné Stage 6 Preview

The first of three mountain stages, today’s route is all about the final climb and it’s twisty descent with 20 hairpins to the finish. Stage 5 Review: a breakaway of three but including Stéphane Rossetto and Alessandro de Marchi who are known for being able to stay away but not this time. We got ...

Critérium Dauphiné Stage 5 Preview

The last chance for the sprinters as the race heads to the foot of the Alps. Sam Bennett made it look easy last time, can he play it again? Stage 4 Review: Wout van Aert was the surprise winner but left nobody in doubt, he was over thirty seconds ahead of the next placed rider, Tejay van...

Critérium Dauphiné Stage 4 Preview

The time trial stage to separate the GC contenders, a decisive day in this stage race. Bennett scores: a rainy day and a bunch sprint, not much to write home about. Sam Bennett won an convincingly so. Dropped off by his leadout Shane Archbold, Bennett launched from the peloton to finish le...

Critérium Dauphiné Stage 3 Preview

A stage for the sprinters with the flat finish. Country Festival: do know know what they call a breakaway with all the big cheese in France? A breakaway royale. 14 riders went clear including some GC hopefuls, among them Michał Kwiatkowski was called back by his Ineos team so he could chase dow...

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 2 Preview

A rugged day across the Auvergne featuring narrow, rural roads and a passage through Brioude where Romain Bardet grew up and a Tour de France host town later this year. The final climb with 20km to go is steep and irregular and should ruin the day for several sprinters again. Stage 1 Review: a...

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 1 Preview

A short loop around the Cantal region and its extinct volcanoes. The best bit is the climb of the Puy Mary, too early for TV but a spectacular road before a finishing circuit fearing a climb that will rumble any sprinters short of form. Note the early finish today to avoid a TV schedule clash wit...

Critérium du Dauphiné Preview

Last year saw Geraint Thomas win en route to his Tour de France success. This time Chris Froome leads a long list of those hunting for a big win this season and looking to test their form ahead of the Tour de France. Route summary: Stages 1 and 2 are for sprinters if they can cope with a climb o...

A Different Route To TV For The Ardennes Races

There was no live TV coverage of women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Flèche Wallonne and now the new criteria from the UCI means events must have a minimum of 45 minutes of TV coverage to be part of the World Tour. There have been reports that race owner ASO could drop these events from the World Tour cale...
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