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Critérium du Dauphiné 2012

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June 3-10, 2012

Critérium du Dauphiné 2012

The 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné has attracted a host of top riders from across the globe and the race is perenially seen as a crucial part of preparations for the Tour de France. 2011 winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) is returning to defend his crown but is unlikely to have everything completely his own way due to the presence of Cadel Evans (BMC), Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).

 

The race lasts for exactly a week, comprising of a 5.7km prologue and seven stages. Due to its location and the fact that it provides a varied challenge to the participants, the Critérium du Dauphiné is often referred to as a mini Tour de France. But with a rich history that goes back to 1947 and a roll of honour that includes Lance Armstrong, Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Bernard Hinault, it's a huge race in its own right.

 

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Stages

  1. Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge) on the podium in France
    Prologue - (ITT)Sunday, June 3 2012
    Location:
    Grenoble - Grenoble
    Distance:
    5.7km
  2. Former world champion Cadel Evans (BMC)
    Stage 1Monday, June 4 2012
    Location:
    Seyssins - Saint-Vallier
    Distance:
    187km
  3. Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen keeps the race together
    Stage 2Tuesday, June 5 2012
    Location:
    Lamastre - Saint-Félicien
    Distance:
    160km
  4. Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)
    Stage 3Wednesday, June 6 2012
    Location:
    Givors - La Clayette
    Distance:
    167km
  5. Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) had some extra help for aerodynamics in the form of a hydration pack on his back
    Stage 4 - (ITT)Thursday, June 7 2012
    Location:
    Villié-Morgon - Bourg-en-Bresse
    Distance:
    53km
  6. FDJ-BigMat's Arthur Vichot is ecstatic after winning stage 5
    Stage 5Friday, June 8 2012
    Location:
    Saint-Trivier-sur-Moignans - Rumilly
    Distance:
    186.5km
  7. Race leader Bradley Wiggins retained the yellow jersey
    Stage 6Saturday, June 9 2012
    Location:
    Saint-Alban-Leysse - Morzine
    Distance:
    166.5km
  8. Bradley Wiggins celebrates his overall win in the Criterium du Dauphine
    Stage 7Sunday, June 10 2012
    Location:
    Morzine - Châtel
    Distance:
    126km
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