The Critérium du Dauphiné is taking place all of this week, finishing on Sunday 16 June. Tomorrow the peloton heads into the mountainous stage 7 from Saint-Genix-les-Villages towards the Seven Laux-Pipay. In its 71st year, it’s being billed as one of the final showdowns before the Tour de France.
The Critérium du Dauphiné (and Tour de Suisse) should give us a good indication of who’s in the running for the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. Find out how to watch the action live here.
The 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné
The 2019 Critérium du Daupiné will cover 1,202.1km of riding over eight stages between 9 and 16 June.
The Dauphiné has always pitched itself as a litmus test for who is in contention for the Tour de France, so it will be interesting to see how riders perform over the course of this year’s race.
This year we’ll see the likes of Chris Froome, Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot, Richie Porte, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, Julian Alaphilippe and Daniel Martin battling it out on somewhat unaccustomed mountain roads.
The 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné route
This year, the race departs from the French region of Cantal for the first time, and follows a 1,200km route towards the Swiss ski resort of Champéry where it culminates on 16 June.
The new departure location is a bit of a curve-ball that will see riders tackling some serious climbs over the first stage, climbing Puy Mary before completing a particularly bumpy circuit.
The following days will be a mixture of undulating roads and straight sprints, putting each and every rider to the test.
We expect to see the favourites trying to break away from each other during the time-trial in Roanne during Stage 4.
How can I watch the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 live in the UK?
Eurosport has live TV coverage of the Critérium du Dauphiné this year. You can subscribe for £9.99 per month or £39.99 per year.
Amazon Prime subscribers can sign-up to Eurosport Player through Amazon Channels for £6.99 per month. Amazon Prime is £7.99 per month but can be accessed with a 30-day free trial.
Alternatively, if you want a bit more versatility, you might consider subscribing to the TVPlayer Premium Plan for just £6.99, which gives you access to the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels along with several others (in case you ever get tired of cycling!).
How can I watch the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 live in the US?
You can catch live coverage of the Critérium du Dauphiné via NBCSN if you have cable.
Alternatively, you can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold package as a standalone online streaming service, which is currently on offer for $19.99 for a subscription until 10 June. A yearly subscription usually costs $49.99.
The timing of this is a bit awkward if you want to watch every day of the race because you’ll be paying for two different plans: $19.99 for 9 June, and then $49.99 for 10 June onwards.
How can I watch the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 live in Australia?
We’re still looking into this and will update this section as soon as we have more information.
Last year the Dauphiné was broadcast on SBS and through the SBS online viewer. Stay tuned for an update soon.
How can I follow the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 if I can’t watch live coverage?
As a general rule, channels which are showing live coverage will usually provide highlights after each stage has finished. We’d recommend checking their individual broadcast schedules though to be sure.
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Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 schedule
You can find the key details and timings below. You can also visit the official Critérium du Dauphiné page for more detailed information on each of the stages.
Stage 1: Aurillac – Jussac, 9 June
Stage 2: Mauriac – Craponne-sur-Arzon, 10 June
Stage 3: Le Puy-en-Velay – Riom, 11 June
Stage 3 is a 177km route that’s relatively flat www.criterium-du-dauphine.fr
Stage 4: Roanne – Roanne, 12 June
Type: Individual time-trial
Stage 5: Boën-sur-Lignon – Voiron, 13 June
Stage 6: Saint-Vulbas Plaine de l’Ain – Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, 14 June
Stage 6 is the longest, covering 229km of hilly terrain www.criterium-du-dauphine.fr
Stage 7: Saint-Genix-les-Villages – Les Sept Laux-Pipay, 15 June
At Stage 7 the riders head into mountain territory www.criterium-du-dauphine.fr
Stage 8: Cluses – Champéry, 16 June