Boulogne-Billancourt, Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Geraint Thomas (Foto Presse Sports)

 Key points:

For the 73rd edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné, which starts on Sunday 30 May with the first stage in Issoire, some of the favourites are in the ranks of the Ineos Grenadiers team, which is entering 2018 winner Geraint Thomas, along with Tao Geoghegan Hart and Richie Porte.
The battle for the win in the resort of Les Gets at the end of a confrontation over eight stages promises to be daunting with opponents from Colombia (Miguel Ángel López, Nairo Quintana), Spain (Ion Izagirre, Alejandro Valverde) and France (David Gaudu, Guillaume Martin), all of them able to come from nowhere in the mountains.

The cycling world is not quite the same when Slovenia leaves it for a while. It might have seemed incongruous two years ago, but it is obvious when you realise that the winners of the last two Grand Tours have chosen unusual routes to prepare for the race of all races, the Tour de France.

As mountains and pelotons hate emptiness, there will be several contenders for the title in the final weekend, first in Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse and then in La Plagne and Les Gets. The 2021 entry list shows that the Ineos Grenadiers team intends to get this race that it last won in 2018. That summer, Geraint Thomas won both the Dauphiné and the Tour.

The recent winner of the Tour de Romandie comes into this year’s edition with the same desire as his teammates, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Richie Porte.


The strong position of the dark blue jerseys on the start line should not stifle the temperament of their rivals, on the contrary.

A lot of attention will also be paid to the Spanish-speaking riders, whether they come from Colombia like Miguel Ángel López and Nairo Quintana or from Spain like Ion Izagirre, Enric Mas, the indestructible Alejandro Valverde and up and comer Alex Arranburu.

The context is also favourable for the breakthrough of a star in the making, like the Americans Brandon McNulty and Sepp Kuss, winner of the last stage in Megève in 2020.

The French clan can’t be overlooked either: David Gaudu was on top form in the Tour of the Basque Country as well as in his Ardennes campaign, Guillaume Martin’s regularity paid off with the win in the Mercantour Classic, where he was followed in the general classification by Aurélien Paret-Peintre, whereas Warren Barguil has made a speciality of creating a surprise when he is least expected to do so. An even bigger surprise could come from the only three-time winner of the Dauphiné present in the peloton, now sporting the jersey of Israel Start-Up Nation.

Chris Froome still has a score to settle with this race. This is the moment.

73° Criterium du Dauphinè – Planimetria generale

21 teams, the main contenders (on 26 May)



Team BikeExchange: Bookwalter (Aus), Grmay (Eth)



Bahrain Victorious: Poels (Ned), Colbrelli (Ita), Teuns (Bel)



Deceuninck – Quick-Step: Sénéchal (Fra), Asgreen (Den), Jakobsen (Ned)

Lotto Soudal: Wellens, Gilbert (Bel)

Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert : Meintjes (Zaf), Vliegen, Bakelants (Bel)



AG2R Citroën Team : Paret-Peintre (Fra), Van Avermaet (Bel), O’Connor (Aus)

Groupama-FDJ: Gaudu, Madouas (Fra)

Cofidis : G.Martin, Perez (Fra), Geschke (Ger)

Team Arkea-Samsic: Barguil (Fra), N.Quintana, Anacona (Col)

B&B Hotels P/B KTM : Rolland, Gautier, Pacher (Fra)



Bora-Hansgrohe: Kelderman (Hol), Kämna (Ger)

Team DSM: Haga (Usa)


Great Britain

Ineos Grenadiers: Thomas, Geoghegan Hart (Gbr), Porte, Dennis (Aus), Kwiatkowski (Pol)



Israel Start-Up Nation: Froome (Gbr), Impey (Zaf)



Astana Premier Tech: I.Izagirre, Aranburu (Spa), Lutsenko (Kaz)



Jumbo-Visma: Kruijswijk (Ned), Vingegaard (Den), Kuss (Usa)


South Africa

Team Qhubeka-Assos: Aru (Ita), Gogl (Aut)



Movistar Team: Lopez (Col), Mas, Valverde (Spa)


United Arab Emirates

UAE Team Emirates: McNulty (Usa), Kristoff (Nor)


United States

EF Education – Nippo : Craddock (Usa), El Fares (Fra)

Trek-Segafredo: Pedersen (Den), Stuyven (Bel), Elissonde (Fra)


Immagine di repertorio (Foto Presse Sports)



More information about Critérium du Dauphiné on https://www.criterium-du-dauphinè


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