The Critérium du Dauphiné kicked off on May 30, 2021, starting eight days of intense racing you won't want to miss. Cyclingnews will be bringing you full reports, results, news, interviews, and analysis throughout the season's first Grand Tour.
Read on to find out how to watch the Critérium du Dauphiné via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN.
With the Giro d'Italia drawing to a close this weekend, attention quickly turns to the summer racing and the biggest race of the year – the Tour de France.
Starting Sunday, the Critérium du Dauphiné, has been a key build-up race for Le Tour, and it's no different this year with a host of overall contenders taking to the start.
Richie Porte (ineos Grenadiers) holds a 17-second lead over Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) after grabbing yellow on stage 7 to La Plagne.The Australian will be fighting hard to take his maiden Dauphiné win on Sunday's final mountain stage to Les Gets.
Tour de Romandie winner Geraint Thomas will head up a very strong Ineos Grenadiers team at the eight-day race. He'll face off against tough competition in the form of Miguel Ángel López (Movistar), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) and more.
Thomas and Porte are joined in the Ineos team by 2020 Giro winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, with any one of the trio a possibility for overall success.
Movistar have a triumvirate of their own, too, with Enric Mas and Alejandro Valverde accompanying López. Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroën), Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation), Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) and 2020 podium finisher Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) will also be taking part in the race.
Other stars at the race include Izagirre, Flanders champion Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), and Milan-San Remo winner Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).
After six days of action, only the queen stage and HC-category summit finish at La Plagne and the final mountain stage to Les Gets lie ahead of the peloton.
Read on for all the information on how to watch the 2021 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Critérium du Dauphiné live stream
The Critérium du Dauphiné will be broadcast around Europe on Eurosport. A subscription to Eurosport Player costs £6.99 for a single month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass.
The race will also be aired in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia on GCN+ and in select other territories. A year’s subscription to GCN+ now costs £39.99 / €39.99 / $49.99 after the end of a promotional price in February. Highlights will be available for viewers in the USA and Canada.
In the UK, ITV4 will air hour-long highlights of race every evening.
For those in the USA, the race will be available to view on NBC Sports Gold, with current subscribers able to access content until the network officially shifts to Peacock Premium on June 8, two days after the race ends. A seven-day free trial is available, while a subscription to Peacock Premium will set you back $4.99 (or $9.99 without ads) per month.
FloBikes will air the race in Canada. An annual subscription will set you back $149.
If you live outside a broadcast zone or are on holiday outside your country and find that the live streams to be geo-restricted, you can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network', or VPN, for your laptop, tablet or mobile.
Our sister site TechRadar tested hundreds of VPNs and recommends the number-one VPN currently available as Express VPN. With ExpressVPN, you can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.
Critérium du Dauphiné schedule
|Stage 1||May 30||Issoire - Issoire||181.8km|
|Stage 2||May 31||Brioude - Saugues||173km|
|Stage 3||June 1||Langeac - Saint-Haon-Le-Vieux||172.5km|
|Stage 4||June 2||Firminy - Roche-La-Molière||16.4km|
|Stage 5||June 3||Saint-Chamond - Saint-Vallier||175.5km|
|Stage 6||June 4||Loriol-sur-Drome - Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse||168km|
|Stage 7||June 5||Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux - La Plagne||171km|
|Stage 8||June 6||La Léchère-Les-Bains - Les Gets||147km|
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