With the Giro d'Italia now in the rear-view mirror and the Tour de France on the horizon, The Cycling Podcast begins the countdown to the grand départ in Bilbao.

As the Critérium du Dauphiné reaches its halfway stage, Lionel Birnie is joined by François Thomazeau and Rob Hatch to discuss what it all means for the build-up to the world's biggest race.

Does his stage win mean Julian Alaphilippe is back? Is Jonas Vingegaard emerging as the pre-Tour favourite with Tadej Pogačar on the sidelines recovering from his fractured wrist? We tackle all the big questions from the Tour de France dress rehearsal.

We also get a view from the front row as the voice of Radio Tour, Seb Piquet, talks us through the opening few stages.

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