Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré

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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 (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

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.

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.

Lance Armstrong used the Dauphiné Libéré as preparation for the Tour de France. He won the Dauphiné in 2002 and 2003, but was defeated by Iban Mayo in 2004, who climbed Mont Ventoux very quickly. Armstrong finished 4th in the 2005 Dauphiné, finishing 59 seconds off the pace of (that is slower than or behind) overall winner Iñigo Landaluze, of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team.

Winners[change | edit source]

1947 to 1999[change | edit source]

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 1999[change | edit source]

Year Winner Nat Team Team Nat
2000 Tyler Hamilton United States U.S. Postal Service United States
2001 Christophe Moreau  France Festina  France
2002 Lance Armstrong United States U.S. Postal Service United States
2003 Lance Armstrong United States U.S. Postal Service United States
2004 Iban Mayo  Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi  Spain
2005 Iñigo Landaluze  Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi  Spain
2006 Levi Leipheimer United States 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 United States

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