Critérium du Dauphiné

Traversing the mountains of the Rhône-Alpes, the Criterium du Dauphiné is traditionally viewed as a warm up for July's Tour – it's no coincidence that the last eleven wearers of the maillot jaune in Paris have used the Dauphiné to fine tune their form. With many of the Tour favourites in evidence at this year's race – Nibali, Froome, Quintana, Rodriguez, Pinot to name just a few – it's unlikely that will change in the foreseeable future.
 
Recent editions have seen the resorts of the Portes du Soleil hold several stage starts and finishes, bearng witness to the overall victories of Wiggins in 2012 and Froome in 2013. As with the Tour, crashes proved Froome's undoing in 2014, when Andrew Talansky finished as surprise victor ahead of a frustrated Contador. With Contador chasing a historic Giro-Tour double, that is unlikely to be repeated this year; what is certain is that little will be decided until the final two stages of this years race on the 13th and 14th June.
 

Why not combine a week's cycling holiday with the opportunity to watch some of the world's finest stage racers battle their way up the same Alpine climbs? The Dauphiné is a far more intimate and fun race than the juggernaut that is July's tour – do get in touch and help us put together the perfect package for next year's race.