2009 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Organizers of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré today officially unveiled the route for the 2009 edition of the race, June 7-14. The race will include a 12.1km opening time trial in the city of Nancy, a 42.4km time trial around the city of Valence, and a stage to Mont Ventoux. The race thus shares with the 2009 Tour de France an opening time trial instead of a prologue (prologues are limited to 8km), a 40km+ long time trial and a stage finish on Ventoux (the penultimate stage in the case of the TDF), making the Dauphiné a good preparation race for the Tour, as it typically is.
June 7, Stage 1: Nancy, 12.1 km Individual TT
June 8, Stage 2: Nancy - Dijon, 228 km
June 9, Stage 3: Tournus - Saint-Etienne, 182 km
June 10, Stage 4: Bourg-lès-Valence - Valence, 42,4 km Individual Time Trial
June 11, Stage 5: Valence-Mont Ventoux, 154 km
June 12, Stage 6: Gap - Briançon, 106 km
June 13, Stage 7: Briançon - Saint-François-Longchamp, 157 km
June 14, Stage 8: Faverges - Grenoble, 146 km
19 teams will be competing this year, with the BMC team added to the automatically qualified 18 UCI ProTeams. Riders that might be expected on the start line include Alberto Contador, Cadel Evans, Sylvain Chavanel, David Millar, Cyril Dessel, David Moncoutié, Sandy Casar, and Robert Gesink.
For more: Dauphine Libere Official Website