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Critérium du Dauphiné 2021

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Team Ineos Richie Porte of Australia celebrates his overall leaders yellow jersey on the podium at the end of the eighth stage on the final day of the 73rd edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race a 147km between La LechereLesBains and Les Gets on June 6 2021 Photo by Alain JOCARD AFP Photo by ALAIN JOCARDAFP via Getty Images

Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) wins the 2021 Criterium du Dauphine (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LA PLAGNE FRANCE JUNE 05 Mark Padun of Ukraine and Team Bahrain Victorious stage winner celebrates at arrival during the 73rd Critrium du Dauphin 2021 Stage 7 a 1715km stage from SaintMartinLeVinoux to La Plagne 2072m UCIworldtour Dauphin dauphine on June 05 2021 in La Plagne France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious) broke away on La Plagne to win stage 7 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LE SAPPEYENCHARTREUSE FRANCE JUNE 04 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team stage winner celebrates at arrival during the 73rd Critrium du Dauphin 2021 Stage 6 a 1672km stage from LoriolsurDrome to Le SappeyenChartreuse 1003m UCIworldtour Dauphin dauphine on June 04 2021 in Le SappeyenChartreuse France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won stage 6 from a select group (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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British Geraint Thomas of Ineos Grenadiers celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fifth stage of the 73rd edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race 1745km from Saint Chamond to SaintVallier France Thursday 03 June 2021BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Geraint Thomas (Ineos) escaped in the final kilometre to win stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ROCHELAMOLIERE FRANCE JUNE 02 Alexey Lutsenko of Kazahkstan and Team Astana Premier Tech during the 73rd Critrium du Dauphin 2021 Stage 4 a 164km Individual Time Trial stage from Firminy to RochelaMolire 585m ITT UCIworldtour Dauphin dauphine on June 02 2021 in RochelaMoliere France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Alexey Lutsenko of Astana-Premier Tech won stage 4's individual time trial (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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SAINT HAON LE VIEUXON FRANCE JUNE 01 Sonny Colbrelli of Italy and Team Bahrain Victorious Green Points Jersey stage winner celebrates at arrival Alex Aranburu Deba of Spain and Team Astana Premier Tech Josef Cerny of Czech Republic and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 73rd Critrium du Dauphin 2021 Stage 3 a 1722km stage from Langeac to Saint Haon Le Vieuxon UCIworldtour Dauphin dauphine June 01 2021 in Saint Haon Le Vieuxon France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) wins stage 3 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Lukas Postleberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 2 of the Criterium du Dauphine

Lukas Postleberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 2 of the Criterium du Dauphine (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team Lottos Brent Van Moer of Belgium celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the first stage of the 73rd edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race 182km between Issoire and Issoire on May 30 2021 Photo by Alain JOCARD AFP Photo by ALAIN JOCARDAFP via Getty Images

Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) soloed to the victory on stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Richie Porte wins the Critérium du Dauphiné

Critérium du Dauphiné stage 8 – as it happened

Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) won the overall title at the Critérium du Dauphiné following the stage 8 finale on Sunday. The Australian held off multiple attacks on the final climb and finished in the main GC group winning the overall title by 17 seconds ahead of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) with his Ineos Grenadiers teammate Geraint Thomas finishing third at 29 seconds back.

The stage 8 victory went to Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious), who secured what was his second stage win in two days. Padun distanced his breakaway companions on the early slopes of the penultimate climb of the Joux Plane with just under 30 kilometres to go. He dropped down into Morzine and climbed the final ascent to the finish line in Les Gets with the stage win.

Padun's nearest rival was Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma), who finished second at 1:36 back, alongside Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) in third place.

Porte crossed the line in 8th place, 2:10 behind Padun, but secured the overall title, his first after two previous runner-up spots at the at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2013 and 2017.

Stage 8 - Brief Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious 4:06:49
2Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:36
3Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
4Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:57
5David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:02:10
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
7Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
8Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
9Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
10Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis

Final general classification after stage 8
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 29:37:05
2Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:17
3Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:29
4Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:33
5Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:34
6Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:38
7Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
8Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:47
9David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:12
10Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:57

Critérium du Dauphiné date: May 30 to June 6, 2021
Distance: 1205.2km
Start: Issoire, France - 12:25 - 5 p.m. (CET)
Finish: Les Gets, France - 10:20 a.m. - 3 p.m. (CET) 
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The Critérium du Dauphiné has become the go-to preparation contest for the Tour de France in the past decade, delivering a barrage of climbing duels packed into eight days of racing, except last year when the COVID-19 pandemic condensed the racing calendar and the race was shortened to five days.

The 2020 was still part of the buildup for the Tour de France, but it was also the first time in the race’s history of 72 editions that that a time trial was not included, focusing instead on a summit finish each day.

Dani Martínez took the victory on the final day in 2020 after Jumbo-Visma’s Primož Roglič, who led the race for three stages, finished the penultimate stage with his yellow leader’s jersey in tatters after a crash. Roglič abandoned the race ahead of the final stage due to his injuries.  Martínez won by 29 seconds ahead of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) with Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) third at 41 seconds.

Critérium du Dauphiné route

Map for 2021 Criterium du Dauphine

Map for the 2021 Criterium du Dauphine (Image credit: ASO)

This year the event returns to a traditional late spring calendar slot, May 30 to June 6, with a 16.4km individual time trial mid-week and back-to-back summit finishes at the Alpine resorts of La Plagne and Les Gets on the final weekend.

The 2021 route begins with the first four stages held mostly in Auvergne and a dip to the Rhône Valley. Then the second half tackles the Alps, with the 147km crescendo on stage 8 with eight classified climbs including the Col des Aravis (6.7km at 7 per cent), Col de la Colombière (11.7km at 5.8 per cent) the hors catégorie Col de Joux Plane (11.6km at 8.5 per cent), whose summit comes just under 17km from the mountaintop finish at Les Gets.

Critérium du Dauphiné history

The Critérium du Dauphiné has been held consecutively since 1947, with results voided in three years (2002, 2003 and 2006) because of anti-doping rules violations. Prior to 2010 the event was known as the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.

A number of riders have won the race on two occasions, but a quartet stand out for taking the title three times each – Luis Ocana (1970, 1972, 1973), Bernard Hinault (1977, 1979, 1981), Charly Mottet (1987, 1989, 1992), and Chris Froome (2013, 2015, 2016).

This year is the 73rrd edition of the French stage race, which will tackle 1,205.2km over eight days. The individual time trial returns, which will be 16.5km on June 2 from Firminy to Roche-la-Molière, plus two flat stages (stage 1, 5), three hilly days (stages 2, 3, 6) and the mountain stages on the final weekend to close the event.

Critérium du Dauphiné stages

  • Stage 1, May 30 - Issoire to Issoire, 181.8km
  • Stage 2, May 31 - Brioude to Saugues, 172.8km
  • Stage 3, June 1 - Langeac to Saint-Haon-Le-Vieux, 172.2km
  • Stage 4, June 2 - Firminy to Roche-la-Molière, 16.4km (ITT)
  • Stage 5, June 3 - Saint-Chamond to Saint-Vallier, 175.4km
  • Stage 6, June 4 - Loriol-sur-Drôme to Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse, 167.2km
  • Stage 7, June 5 - Saint-Martin-Le-Vinoux to La Plagne, 171.1km
  • Stage 8, June 6 - La Léchère-Les-Bains to Les Gets, 147km

Critérium du Dauphiné teams

In the field will be 19 WorldTour teams and 2020 Europe Tour winners Alpecin-Fenix as well as wildcard entries for ProTeams B&B Hotels p/b KTM and Arkéa-Samsic.

  • AG2R Citroën Team
  • Astana-Premier Tech
  • Bahrain Victorious
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Cofidis
  • Deceuninck-QuickStep
  • EF Education- Nippo
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
  • Israel Start-Up Nation
  • Jumbo-Visma
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Movistar Team
  • Team BikeExchange
  • Team DSM
  • Team Qhubeka Assos
  • Trek-Segafredo
  • UAE Team Emirates
  • Alpecin-Fenix
  • B&B Hotels P/B KTM
  • Team Arkéa-Samsic

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