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Contador, Froome and Rodriguez headline difficult Dauphiné

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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Chris Froome (Sky) wins the Tour de Romandie.

Chris Froome (Sky) wins the Tour de Romandie. (Image credit: AFP)
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) (Image credit: Pasados de Volta)

With less than a month to go until the start of the Tour de France, the Critérium du Dauphiné once again assumes its role as a form guide and final test ahead of the sport’s grandest showdown.

Stage three, 167km from Ambérieu-en-Bugey to Tarare, is ideal for a break to slip clear. By now a general pecking order will have been established with time gaps healthy enough for the leading team to allow escapees their chance.

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