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The Critérium du Dauphiné, before 2010 known as the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, is an annual cycling road race in the Dauphiné region in the southeast of France. The race is run over eight days during the first half of June. It is part of the UCI World Tour calendar and counts as one of the foremost races in the lead-up to the Tour de France in July, along with the Tour de Suisse in the latter half of June.

Critérium du Dauphiné
2019 Critérium du Dauphiné
Critérium du Dauphiné logo.svg
DateEarly June
RegionRhône-Alpes, France
Local name(s)Critérium du Dauphiné(in French)
Nickname(s)The Dauphiné
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeStage race
OrganiserAmaury Sport Organisation
Race directorBernard Thévenet
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First edition1947 (1947)
First winner Edouard Klabinski (POL)
Most wins Nello Lauredi (FRA)
 Luis Ocaña (ESP)
 Charly Mottet (FRA)
 Bernard Hinault (FRA)
 Chris Froome (GBR)
(3 wins)
Most recent Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)

The race was inaugurated in 1947 by a local newspaper, the Dauphiné Libéré, which served as the event's title sponsor until 2009.[1] Since 2010 the race has been organized by ASO, which also organizes most other prominent French cycling races, notably the Tour de France, Paris–Nice and Paris–Roubaix.

Because the Dauphiné is set in the Rhône-Alpes region, part of the French Alps, the race's protagonists are often climbing specialists.[1] Many well-known climbs from the Tour de France – like the Mont Ventoux, the Col du Galibier or Col de la Chartreuse – are regularly addressed in the Dauphiné. Five riders, Nello Lauredi, Luis Ocaña, Charly Mottet, Bernard Hinault and Chris Froome, share the record of most wins, with three each.[2]




The race was created in 1947 by newspaper Le Dauphiné libéré to promote its circulation. After World War II, as cycling recovered from a universal five- or six-year hiatus, the Grenoble-based newspaper decided to create and organize a cycling stage race covering the Dauphiné region. The race was named after the newspaper and set in June, prior to the Tour de France. Polish rider Edouard Klabinski won the inaugural edition.[2]

Because of its mountainous route and date on the calendar, the race served as preparation for the Tour de France by French cyclists. French cycling icons Jean Robic and Louison Bobet used the Dauphiné Libéré as the ultimate stage race in their build-up towards the Tour de France.

The event was discontinued for two years in 1967 and 1968. The current form of the Critérium du Dauphiné is the consequence of a merger with the Circuit des Six-Provinces-Dauphiné in 1969. For many years, the organization of the Dauphiné was shared between the newspaper publishers and ASO. In 2010, the newspaper ceded all organizational responsibility to ASO, and the race's name was abbreviated to Critérium du Dauphiné. Since many decades, the race has also served as a test for both bike manufacturers to test advanced equipment, and for TV broadcasters preparing the Tour de France, as TV coverage is difficult in the mountainous region.

World Tour EventEdit

In the 1990s the race was categorized as a UCI 2.HC event, cycling's highest-rated stage races behind the Grand Tours.[3] In 2005 it was included in the inaugural UCI Pro Tour and in 2011 in its successor, the UCI World Tour.

The Critérium du Dauphiné is the only race that was won by all the quintuple winners of the Tour de France, namely Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Ten racers have also won the race and the Tour de France in the same year: Louison Bobet in 1955; Jacques Anquetil in 1963; Eddy Merckx in 1971; Luis Ocaña in 1973; Bernard Thévenet in 1975; Bernard Hinault in 1979 and 1981; Miguel Indurain in 1995; Bradley Wiggins in 2012; Chris Froome in 2013, 2015, and 2016; and Geraint Thomas in 2018. Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong won the race in 2002 and 2003, but was retroactively stripped of his titles in 2013, in the wake of the protracted doping scandal.[4][5][6]


Route of the 2011 race

The Dauphiné is raced over 8 days in the Rhône-Alpes region in the southeast of France, traditionally covering portions of the French Alps. The race has often, but not always, started with an opening prologue on Sunday. The Monday and Tuesday stages are usually held in the lower hilly regions of Rhône-Alpes, before addressing the high mountains in the second half of the Dauphiné. Often there is one long individual or team time trial included.[1]

Benefiting from its location and place on the calendar, race organizers often feature a mountain stage with a route that is nearly identical to what the Tour will trace one month later.[1]

Grenoble, the capital of the Dauphiné region, has hosted the start or finish of a stage most often. Other cities regularly hosting a stage are Avignon, Saint-Étienne, Annecy, Chambéry, Gap, Lyon, Aix-les-Bains, Valence, Briançon and Vals-les-Bains.


Jersey wearers at the 2011 event

The leader of the general classification wears a yellow jersey with a blue band, distinct from the other racers. In 1948, a mountains classification was added, which as of 2017 gives a polka-dot jersey to the leader. In 1955, a points classification was added, which gives a green jersey to the leader.


Rider Team
1947   Edward Klabiński (POL) Mercier–Hutchinson
1948   Édouard Fachleitner (FRA) La Perle–Hutchinson
1949   Lucien Lazaridès (FRA) France Sport–Dunlop
1950   Nello Lauredi (FRA) Helyett–Hutchinson
1951   Nello Lauredi (FRA) Helyett–Hutchinson
1952   Jean Dotto (FRA) France Sport
1953   Lucien Teisseire (FRA) Terrot–Hutchinson
1954   Nello Lauredi (FRA) Terrot–Hutchinson
1955   Louison Bobet (FRA) Mercier–BP–Hutchinson
1956   Alex Close (BEL) Elvé–Peugeot
1957   Marcel Rohrbach (FRA) Peugeot–BP–Dunlop
1958   Louis Rostollan (FRA) Essor–Leroux
1959   Henry Anglade (FRA) Liberia–Hutchinson
1960   Jean Dotto (FRA) Liberia–Grammont
1961   Brian Robinson (GBR) Rapha–Gitane–Dunlop
1962   Raymond Mastrotto (FRA) Gitane–Leroux–Dunlop–R. Geminiani
1963   Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Saint-Raphaël–Gitane–R. Geminiani
1964   Valentín Uriona (ESP) Kas–Kaskol
1965   Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Ford France–Gitane
1966   Raymond Poulidor (FRA) Mercier–BP–Hutchinson
1969   Raymond Poulidor (FRA) Mercier–BP–Hutchinson
1970   Luis Ocaña (ESP) Bic
1971   Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1972   Luis Ocaña (ESP) Bic
1973   Luis Ocaña (ESP) Bic
1974   Alain Santy (FRA) Gan–Mercier–Hutchinson
1975   Bernard Thévenet (FRA) Peugeot–BP–Michelin
1976   Bernard Thévenet (FRA) Peugeot–Esso–Michelin
1977   Bernard Hinault (FRA) Gitane–Campagnolo
1978   Michel Pollentier (BEL) Old Lord's–Splendor–K.S.B.
1979   Bernard Hinault (FRA) Renault–Gitane
1980   Johan van der Velde (NED) TI–Raleigh–Creda
1981   Bernard Hinault (FRA) Renault–Elf–Gitane
1982   Michel Laurent (FRA) Peugeot–Shell–Michelin
1983   Greg LeMond[Note 1] (USA) Renault–Elf
1984   Martín Ramírez (COL) Système U
1985   Phil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic–Raleigh
1986   Urs Zimmermann (SUI) Carrera Jeans–Vagabond
1987   Charly Mottet (FRA) Système U
1988   Luis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia
1989   Charly Mottet (FRA) RMO
1990   Robert Millar (GBR) Z–Tomasso
1991   Luis Herrera (COL) Postobón–Manzana–Ryalcao
1992   Charly Mottet (FRA) RMO
1993   Laurent Dufaux (SUI) ONCE
1994   Laurent Dufaux (SUI) ONCE
1995   Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto
1996   Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto
1997   Udo Bölts (GER) Team Telekom
1998   Armand De Las Cuevas (FRA) Banesto
1999   Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) Casino–Ag2r Prévoyance
2000   Tyler Hamilton (USA) U.S. Postal Service
2001   Christophe Moreau (FRA) Festina
2002 Result void[7][8]
2003 Result void[7][8]
2004   Iban Mayo (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2005   Iñigo Landaluze (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi
2006 Result void[7][8]
2007   Christophe Moreau (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2008   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2009   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2010   Janez Brajkovič (SLO) Team RadioShack
2011   Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky
2012   Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky
2013   Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky
2014   Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin–Sharp
2015   Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky
2016   Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky
2017   Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana
2018   Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky
2019   Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana

Multiple winnersEdit

Riders in italic are still active

Wins Rider Editions
  Nello Lauredi (FRA) 1950, 1951, 1954
  Luis Ocaña (ESP) 1970, 1972, 1973
  Bernard Hinault (FRA) 1977, 1979, 1981
  Charly Mottet (FRA) 1987, 1989, 1992
  Chris Froome (GBR) 2013, 2015, 2016
  Jean Dotto (FRA) 1952 + 1960
  Jaques Anquetil (FRA) 1963 + 1965
  Raymond Poulidor (FRA) 1966 + 1969
  Bernard Thévenet (FRA) 1975 + 1976
  Luis Herrera (COL) 1988 + 1991
  Laurent Dufaux (SUI) 1993 + 1994
  Miguel Indurain (ESP) 1995 + 1996
  Lance Armstrong (USA) 2002 + 2003
  Christophe Moreau (FRA) 2001 + 2007
  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 2008 + 2009
  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 2011 + 2012
  Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) 2017 + 2019

Wins per countryEdit

There have been 70 editions since 1947. Three editions (2002, 2003 and 2006) have been stripped of their initial winners Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer. Organizer ASO intends to keep these results voided.[citation needed]

Wins Country
  Great Britain
  United States


  1. ^ The initial winner, Frenchman Pascal Simon was disqualified after a positive doping test.


  1. ^ a b c d Hood, Andrew. "Dauphine preview: Mountainous route could be anyone's race". Velo News. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Histoire - Le palmarès depuis 1947". (in French). ASO. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ "50th Dauphine Libere, Cat HC. France, June 7-14, 1998". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Lance Armstrong's record will be 'obliterated' says WADA chief". The Guardian. London. Reuters. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Lance Armstrong Receives Lifetime Ban And Disqualification Of Competitive Results For Doping Violations Stemming From His Involvement In The United States Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy". USADA. August 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  6. ^ "Press Release: UCI's statement on Lance Armstrong's decision". UCI Press Services. August 24, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-08-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ a b c "Lance Armstrong: Governing body strips American of Tour wins". BBC News. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "Union Cycliste Internationale".[permanent dead link]

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