Critérium du Dauphiné: Stage 1 preview

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Start as you mean to go on. This is what the organisers of the Critérium du Dauphiné have planned for this year’s route. Gone is the short prologues and in is an opening mountains stage, to give us action from the off. Other than the time trial there is no stage without a classified climb, making life difficult for any sprinter lucky enough to take the start.

Cycling News HD

For the full preview of Stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné download this week’s issue of Cycling News HD. In issue 57 we look back at the final week of the Giro d’Italia and how Vincenzo Nibali won his second grand tour, with stunning photos and in depth analysis. We also take a look forward at Stage 3 of the Dauphiné, where the sprinters may get a rare chance for victory.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.