Time trial returns for 2021 Critérium du Dauphiné as full route is revealed

Team Education First rider Colombias Daniel Martinez celebrates his overall leaders yellow jersey on the podium at the end of the fifth stage of the 72nd edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race 153 km between Megeve and Megeve on August 16 2020 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT POOL AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATPOOLAFP via Getty Images
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The Critérium du Dauphiné returns to its traditional format in 2021, with the individual time trial returning after a one-year hiatus. The route, which was revealed on Monday, will feature back-to-back summit finishes at the Alpine resorts of La Plagne and Les Gets on the final weekend.

Last year’s Dauphiné was the first in the race’s history not to feature a time trial. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was later moved to mid-August and shortened to five stages, with Daniel Martínez emerging victorious.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.