Critérium du Dauphiné 2018 odds
Who wins Critérium du Dauphiné 2018?
2018 Critérium du Dauphiné
This year’s Critérium du Dauphiné will take place from Sunday 3rd June to Sunday 10th June 2018. In it’s 70th year, the UCI World Tour professional road cycling stage race is held in the Dauphiné region of France, and is seen as the last big race before the Tour de France. In fact, the race often includes a number of the same climbs as the Tour de France, so it is the perfect preparation for the biggest race on the World Tour.
This year’s Dauphiné route will be made up of one prologue and seven stages and will cover a total distance of approximately 950 kilometres. Notably, the route will also feature four back-to-back summit finishes.
The 2018 profile
The 2018 route begins with a prologue time trial in Valence, before two hilly stages that should kick start the race into life. The hilly stages are then followed by a flat time trial stage three, which will provide a sneak peak into each teams ability for a similar stage on the Tour de France.
After the time trial, the peloton will head into the mountains for the longest stage of the race. This stage ends with the first of the four back-to-back summit finishes, and additionally features the tough climb at Mont Noir. Stage five ends with a summit finish at the ski resort of Valmorel, while stages six and seven are short and punchy routes that offer plenty of attacking opportunities.
Stage six includes the tricky climbs of the Montée de Bisanne, Col du Pré and La Rosière, while the final stage seven will see the winner crowned after a brutal climb to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc.
Prologue: Valence – Valence 6.6 km ITT
Stage 1:Valence – Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert 179.0 km hills
Stage 2: Montbrison – Belleville en Beaujolais 180.5 km hills
Stage 3: Pont-de-Vaux – Louhans 35.0 km TTT
Stage 4: Cazey=sur-Ain – Lans-en-Vercors 181.0 km mountains
Stage 5: Grenoble – Valmorel 130.5 km mountains
Stage 6: Frontenex – La Rosière Espace San Bernardo 110.0 km mountains
Stage 7: Moûtiers – Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc 129.0 km mountains
Who are the front runners?
With the race providing a good indicator of form in the run up to the Tour de France, expect the big names to test themselves.
In recent years, Team Sky have dominated the race and Chris Froome has recently won three titles, while Bradley Wiggins also won twice at the Dauphiné as a warm-up to the Tour de France. Froome will not be contending the race this year, however, so Team Sky are expected to be led by Geraint Thomas.
2017 winner and defending champion Jakob Fuglsang (Team Astana), will once more fancy his chances, but will be hard pushed by the likes of Vincenzo Nibali (Team Bahrain-Merida) and Bob Jungels (Team Quick-Step Floors). Other notable riders include Romain Bardet, Dan Martin, Warren Barguil and Michal Kwiatkowski.
You can expect whoever makes the podium to have a big impact on the Tour de France.