Criterium du Dauphine team time trial start times

The team time trial at the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine marks the transition point from rolling terrain to the high mountains. The 35-kilometre contre-la-montre par équipe, which is incidentally the same length as the Tour de France’s team time trial, is flat and takes the riders southwest from Pont-de-Vaux to Louhans-Châteaurenaud.

Team time trial world champions Team Sunweb will be first off the ramp at 14:50 local time with three minutes separating each team. Matching their ride in Bergen last year will be a tall order with Laurens ten Dam and Chris Hamilton already out if the race due to sickness. The German-registered team are at the bottom of the team standings, which has decided Wednesday’s running order.

Given that they hold the leader’s jersey, Mitchelton-Scott have been given the honour of starting last (at 15:53), though they are sitting sixth in the team classification. They have several strong time trialists in their squad, including the race leader Daryl Impey, and will be hoping to extend the South African’s lead going into the mountains.

Starting three minutes before them is Team Sky. Like Mitchelton-Scott, they have a solid time trial line-up with Michal Kwiatkowski, Geraint Thomas and Gianni Moscon. Provided they can keep their riders upright for the 35 kilometres, it should be a close-run battle between the two teams. Just two seconds separate Impey from Kwiatkowski in second place so the jersey could change hands again. 

Lotto Soudal start just before Team Sky and have European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts to help pull them along and will be one to watch, as will former team time trial world champions BMC Racing and Quick-Step Floors, who set off in the two places ahead of the Belgian team.

The stage win, and potentially the race lead, is likely to be decided among the final five teams to start. 

Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the team time trial. 

Start order

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1Team Sunweb14:50:00
2Vital Concept Cycling Club14:53:00
3Team Dimension Data14:56:00
4Team Lotto NL-Jumbo14:59:00
6Team Fortuneo-Samsic15:05:00
7Wanty-Groupe Gobert15:08:00
8Cofidis, Solutions Credits15:11:00
9UAE Team Emirates15:14:00
10Team Katusha Alpecin15:17:00
11AG2R La Mondiale15:20:00
13Team EF Education First-Drapac15:26:00
14Astana Pro Team15:29:00
16Movistar Team15:35:00
18Quick-Step Floors15:41:00
19BMC Racing Team15:44:00
20Lotto Soudal15:47:00
21Team Sky15:50:00


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