2024 Critérium du Dauphiné – Analysing the contenders

Criterium du Dauphine contenders composite image
Criterium du Dauphine contenders composite image (Image credit: Getty Images)

The sprinters will want to stay home for this year's Critérium du Dauphiné, which appears to be tailored to the pure climbers. With mountain summit finishes on five of the eight stages and a time trial, the organisers ASO have created a brutal route designed to test the world's best.

Unfortunately, almost all of the big-name contenders who had the Dauphiné circled in red on their calendars crashed during the Itzulia Basque Country in April, and defending champion Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) will not be on the start line.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.