The French newspaper Dauphiné Libéré, has leaked the broad outline of this year’s Criterium Du Dauphiné, a month before organisers would normally announce the parcours.
Here are the key points:
- For the first time, the Grand Depart will be in Switzerland (Champéry). The race begins on Sunday June 3rd.
- The Monday and Tuesday stages will be designed for the sprinters
- Individual Time Trial on Wednesday, around 30 km in length
- On Thursday the race heads to the first of two new mountain top finishes: the ski station of Valmorel. It is 14.6 km with an average gradient of 6.4 per cent
- One for the breakaway on Friday, the route could possibly take in either the Chartreuse mountains, the Madeleine or the Balcons de Belledonne
- Saturday gets the second new mountain top finish at Super-Devoluy in the southern Alps. The report claims the stage could take in the brute climbs of Côte de Laffrey and Col du Noyer
- Sunday sees a final mountain stage between Sisteron to Risoul.
So far, we can only guess at which big names will be riding, although the newspaper put forward a strong list: Cadel Evans (BMC), Chris Froome (Sky), Alberto Contator (SaxoBank-Tinkoff). It’s unlikely we’ll see Wiggins there as he’ll probably be resting his legs after the Giro d’Italia.