Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré

French cycling road race
For the type of cycling race see Criterium

The Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré is an annual cycling road race, run over eight stages in the Dauphiné region in France during the first half of June. It is organised by the Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper. Along with the Tour de Suisse, the Dauphiné Libéré is an important race in the lead-up to the Tour de France in July.

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Current event 2007 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Race details
Date Early June
Region Dauphiné, France
English name Dauphiné Libéré Tour
Local name(s) Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (in French)
Nickname(s) Dauphiné Libéré
Discipline Road
Competition UCI ProTour
Type Stage race
History
First edition 1947
Editions 59 (as of 2007)
First winner  Poland Eduard Klabinski
Most wins 3 times:

 France Nello Lauredi
 Spain Luis Ocaña
 France Charly Mottet
 France Bernard Hinault

Most recent France Christophe Moreau

Because the Dauphiné is a mountainous area, the winners are often climbing specialists. Many climbs that are famous from the Tour de France, like the Mont Ventoux, the Col du Galibier or Col de la Chartreuse appear often in the Dauphiné Libéré.

All cyclists who have won the Tour de France five times or more have also won the Dauphiné Libéré.

The first Dauphiné Libéré was held in 1947 when Eduard Klablinski from Poland was the winner. Nello Lauredi, Luis Ocaña, Charly Mottet and Bernard Hinault share the record of the most wins, with three each.

Iban Mayo won in 2004, when he climbed Mont Ventoux very quickly. In the 2005 Dauphiné the winner was Iñigo Landaluze, of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team.

WinnersEdit

1947 to 1999Edit

Year Winner Nat Team Team Nat
1947 Édouard Kablinski   Poland
1948 Édouard Fachleitner   France
1949 Lucien Lazarides   France France Sport-Dunlop   France
1950 Nello Lauredi   France
1951 Nello Lauredi   France
1952 Jean Dotto   France France Sport   France
1953 Lucien Teisseire   France Terrot-Hutchinson   France
1954 Nello Lauredi   France
1955 Louison Bobet   France Stella/Mercier   France
1956 Alex Close   Belgium Elvé-Peugeot   Belgium
1957 Marcel Rohrbach   France
1958 Louis Rostollan   France
1959 Henry Anglade   France
1960 Jean Dotto   France Liberia-Grammont
1961 Brian Robinson   Great Britain Rapha-Gitane-Dunlop   France
1962 Raymond Mastrotto   France Gitane-Leroux-Dunlop   France
1963 Jacques Anquetil   France Saint-Raphaël   France
1964 Valentin Uriona   Spain
1965 Jacques Anquetil   France Ford-Gitane   France
1966 Raymond Poulidor   France Mercier-BP   France
1969 Raymond Poulidor   France Mercier-BP   France
1970 Luis Ocaña   Spain Bic   France
1971 Eddy Merckx   Belgium Peugot-BP-Michelin   France
1972 Luis Ocaña   Spain Bic   France
1973 Luis Ocaña   Spain Bic   France
1974 Alain Santy   France Gan-Mercier   France
Year Winner Nat Team Team Nat
1975 Bernard Thévenet   France Peugot-BP-Michelin   France
1976 Bernard Thévenet   France Peugot-BP-Michelin   France
1977 Bernard Hinault   France Gitane   France
1978 Michel Pollentier   Belgium Flandria-Velda-Latina
1979 Bernard Hinault   France Renault-Gitane   France
1980 Johan van der Velde   Netherlands
1981 Bernard Hinault   France Renault-Gitane   France
1982 Michel Laurent   France Peugeot-Shell-Michelin   France
1983 Greg LeMond   United States Renault-Elf-Gitane   France
1984 Martin Ramirez   Colombia
1985 Phil Anderson   Australia
1986 Urs Zimmermann    Switzerland Carrera-Albuch
1987 Charly Mottet   France Système U   France
1988 Luis Herrera   Colombia
1989 Charly Mottet   France RMO   France
1990 Robert Millar   United Kingdom Z   France
1991 Luis Herrera   Colombia
1992 Charly Mottet   France RMO   France
1993 Laurent Dufaux    Switzerland Helvetia    Switzerland
1994 Laurent Dufaux    Switzerland Helvetia    Switzerland
1995 Miguel Indurain   Spain Banesto   Spain
1996 Miguel Indurain   Spain Banesto   Spain
1997 Udo Bölts   Germany Team Deutsche Telekom   Germany
1998 Armand De Las Cuevas   France
1999 Alexander Vinokourov   Kazakhstan Casino   France

After 1999Edit

Year Winner Nat Team Team Nat
2000 Tyler Hamilton   U.S. Postal Service  
2001 Christophe Moreau   France Festina   France
2002 Lance Armstrong   U.S. Postal Service  
2003 Lance Armstrong   U.S. Postal Service  
2004 Iban Mayo   Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi   Spain
2005 Iñigo Landaluze   Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi   Spain
2006 Levi Leipheimer   Team Gerolsteiner   Germany
2007 Christophe Moreau   France Ag2r   France
2008 Alejandro Valverde   Spain Caisse d'Epargne   Spain
2009 Alejandro Valverde   Spain Caisse d'Epargne   Spain
2010 Janez Brajkovič   Slovenia Team RadioShack  

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