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Critérium du Dauphiné
« on: May 30, 2018, 08:43 »
Critérium du Dauphiné[1]

June 3rd to 10th

The 70th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné will start with a 6.6 km prologue through the streets of Valence on 3 June. After a long, hard slog on the roads of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the adventure will draw to a close in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc on 10 June.


For cycling enthusiasts, the city of Valence and more broadly the Rhône Valley bring to mind sprint finishes, whether on the Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris-Nice or Tour de France. The region is also conducive to time-trial routes, which is what took place the last time that the Dauphiné stopped off in Valence in 2009 (with a victory for Bert Grabsch). For the return of the race to the administrative centre of the Drôme, the riders will again have the opportunity to express themselves against the clock on a 6.6-km prologue. The sprinters will have their turn the following day at Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert and, if circumstances allow, the day afterwards in Belleville.

Sunday, June 3rd: Prologue : Valence > Valence (6,6 km)

Monday, June 4th: Stage 1 : Valence > Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert (179 km)

Tuesday, June 5th: Stage 2 : Montbrison > Belleville (180,5 km)

The battle between the favourites will take on another dimension when the traditional time-trial takes place on Wednesday, which this year will be a team time-trial between Pont-de-Vaux and Louhans-Châteaurenaud. The time-trial specialists will give themselves an option for victory on this stage, but only the best climbers will retain any chance of success as the programme turns mountainous at the end of the week. The climbing will start on the stage at Lans-en-Vercors, which the riders will reach after having crossed the Col du Mont Noir pass and its 17.5 km of slopes with a 6.9% average gradient for the very first time. The ascent to Valmorel has been well-known to the pack since the 2013 edition and could again be used as a springboard for a future winner. The two remaining days will nevertheless still offer opportunities to burst upwards from the pack. The route to La Rosière, identical to the 11th stage of the Tour de France 2018, boasts an ultra-dynamic 110-km format. The finish at Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc has also proved its worth on the Tour de France, via the show of strength with which Romain Bardet climbed up to 2nd place in the general classification in 2016. At the foot of Mont Blanc, the riders can aim high…

Wednesday, June 6th: Stage 3 : Pont-de-Vaux > Louhans Châteaurenaud (TTT, 35 km)

Thursday, June 7th: Stage 4 : Chazey-sur-Ain > Lans-en-Vercors (181 km)

Friday, June 8th: Stage 5 : Grenoble > Valmorel (130,5 km)

Saturday, June 9th: Stage 6 : Frontenex > La Rosière (110 km)

Sunday, June 10th: Stage 7 : Moûtiers > Saint-Gervais (129 km)

The Alps will separate the men from the boys in the Dauphiné and the Tour de France. A dynamic new generation is heading into the race with solid climbers such as Romain Bardet, Marc Soler, Egan Bernal and Bob Jungels. They could well end up toppling Vincenzo Nibali, a rider who has won all three Grand Tours and remains a powerful force to be reckoned with.

22 teams: the main contenders (as of 24 May)
 
  • *za South Africa
    • #dimension Team Dimension Data: Boasson Hagen and Cummings
  • *de Germany
    • #sunweb Team Sunweb: Bauhaus and Teunissen
    • #bora Bora-Hansgrohe: Buchmann and Kennaugh
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    • #mitchelton Mitchelton–Scott: A. Yates
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    • #bahrain Bahrain-Merida: Nibali and Gasparotto
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    • #quickstep Quick–Step Floors: Alaphilippe and Jungels
    • #lotto Lotto–Soudal: Benoot, De Gendt and Vanendert
    • #wanty Wanty-Groupe Gobert: G. Martin, Backaert and Eiking
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    • #movistar Movistar Team: Soler and Erviti
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    • #bmc BMC Racing Team: Caruso and Teuns
    • #ef EF Education First Drapac p/b Cannondale: Rolland and Moreno
    • #trek Trek–Segafredo: Skujiņš and Felline
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    • #ag2r AG2R–La Mondiale: Bardet, Latour, Gallopin and Naesen
    • #fdj Groupama-FDJ: Gaudu, Molard and Vichot
    • #cofidis Cofidis, Solutions Crédits: Navarro, Simon and Teklehaimanot
    • #fortuneo Team Fortuneo-Samsic: Barguil and Feillu
    • #vital Vital Concept Cycling Club: Coquard and Reza
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    • #sky Team Sky: Thomas, Bernal and Kwiatkowski
  • *uae United Arab Emirates
    • #uae UAE Team Emirates: Martin, Byström and Ulissi
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    • #astana Astana Pro Team: Bilbao and Valgren
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    • #jumbo Team LottoNL–Jumbo: Boom, Leezer and Van Emden
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    • #katusha Team Katusha-Alpecin: Zakarin and Kišerlovski
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 11:14 »
     Here are the profiles for the stage 4 climbs.



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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 11:49 »
    This could be quite an open race.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 12:18 »
    This could be quite an open race.

    ...or a first chance to get tired of Bernal-domination?! :D

    edit: okay, he is not on the start list anymore anyway
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 18:32 »
    Whatever happened to descents? I thought we'd got over this stupidity about how only mtfs can produce decisive results but clearly not.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 23:00 »
    There will be 8-man teams or? I just noted that none of the teams have listed more than 7 + substitutes on the Dauphine web site?

    PS: #movistar Marc Soler can win this?

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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 23:04 »
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    They don't specify which one, just bring a Yates

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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #7 on: May 30, 2018, 23:28 »
    There will be 8-man teams or? I just noted that none of the teams have listed more than 7 + substitutes on the Dauphine web site?

    7, as usual now
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #8 on: May 31, 2018, 11:23 »
    4 uphill finishes in succession?? I guess they need something to offset the 35km TTT. Now we just need to hope the strongest climber isn't also on the strongest team
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #9 on: June 02, 2018, 23:21 »
    start times for tomorrow's prologue (finishing early btw, last rider off the ramp is Houle at 14:40)

    ~pdf Ordre de depart

    so lots of big guys took the gamble to start right at the beginning
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #10 on: June 02, 2018, 23:38 »
    Just glancing through the team rosters, first glance, it seems that QS and Sky are bringing a "name" or two each. And Bahrain has Nibali, of course. Given Simon's perf at the Giro, maybe we can expect some action from #mitchelton with A Yates.

    Could be a very interesting race. I don't know who the good TTTers would be, but we don't usually look for that from Nibali.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #11 on: June 03, 2018, 16:57 »
    I didn't see it today but there are some decent time gaps here for a <7km prologue:



    Kwiatkowski says he's sharing leadership on GC with the crashing Welshman but this is a very climby week, so it will be interesting to see how he holds out against the likes of Nibali, Soler, Yates A, Martin, Bardet et al.

    Not exactly a stacked field, so the Pole might have a chance, although I often think of him as being a bit like Alaphilippe: can climb high mountains quite well but usually falls apart when it gets very hard.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #12 on: June 03, 2018, 18:48 »
    here are the split times for those of interest:

    NAME INT INT -> FIN FIN
    1      KWIATKOWSKI Michal      3:53.04 (1.)      <- 3:31.98 (2.) ->      7:25.02
    2      VAN EMDEN Jos      3:54.27 (3.)      <- 3:32.39 (4.) ->      7:26.66
    3      MOSCON Gianni      3:57.31 (11.)      <- 3:31.40 (1.) ->      7:28.71
    4      CAMPENAERTS Victor      3:56.84 (10.)      <- 3:33.37 (5.) ->      7:30.21
    5      BEVIN Patrick      3:58.64 (15.)      <- 3:32.22 (3.) ->      7:30.86
    6      BRANDLE Matthias      3:54.82 (4.)      <- 3:36.76 (12.) ->      7:31.58
    7      JUNGELS Bob      3:56.36 (7.)      <- 3:36.07 (7.) ->      7:32.43
    8      KEUKELEIRE Jens      3:57.44 (12.)      <- 3:36.94 (13.) ->      7:34.38
    9      CASTROVIEJO Jonathan      3:58.58 (14.)      <- 3:36.33 (8.) ->      7:34.91
    10      BOOKWALTER Brent      3:59.46 (18.)      <- 3:36.58 (11.) ->      7:36.04
    11      EDMONDSON Alex      3:53.73 (2.)      <- 3:42.81 (44.) ->      7:36.54
    12      IMPEY Daryl      4:00.93 (28.)      <- 3:36.52 (10.) ->      7:37.45
    13      TERPSTRA Niki      3:56.68 (8.)      <- 3:41.64 (34.) ->      7:38.32
    14      TEUNISSEN Mike      3:55.43 (6.)      <- 3:42.94 (46.) ->      7:38.37
    15      VAN BAARLE Dylan      4:01.19 (31.)      <- 3:37.20 (14.) ->      7:38.39
    16      CRADDOCK Lawson      4:01.03 (29.)      <- 3:37.90 (16.) ->      7:38.93
    17      ALAPHILIPPE Julien      3:59.65 (20.)      <- 3:39.60 (22.) ->      7:39.25
    18      THOMAS Benjamin      3:58.16 (13.)      <- 3:41.25 (32.) ->      7:39.41
    19      BOOM Lars      3:55.01 (5.)      <- 3:44.70 (57.) ->      7:39.71
    20      POWLESS Neilson      3:56.75 (9.)      <- 3:43.13 (47.) ->      7:39.88
    21      CARUSO Damiano      3:59.61 (19.)      <- 3:40.48 (25.) ->      7:40.09
    22      DE PLUS Laurens      4:01.27 (32.)      <- 3:39.00 (19.) ->      7:40.27
    23      WALLAYS Jelle      3:58.94 (17.)      <- 3:41.65 (35.) ->      7:40.59
    24      FELLINE Fabio      4:02.08 (37.)      <- 3:39.06 (20.) ->      7:41.14
    25      VALGREN Michael      4:01.40 (33.)      <- 3:39.79 (23.) ->      7:41.19
                            
    29      ZAKARIN Ilnur      4:04.03 (51.)      <- 3:39.06 (21.) ->      7:43.09
                            
    32      BOHLI Tom      4:02.51 (40.)      <- 3:41.06 (31.) ->      7:43.57
                            
    39      SOLER Marc      4:04.55 (54.)      <- 3:41.28 (33.) ->      7:45.83
                            
    41      BILBAO Pello      4:05.45 (58.)      <- 3:40.82 (30.) ->      7:46.27
    42      YATES Adam      4:03.36 (43.)      <- 3:43.25 (49.) ->      7:46.61
    43      THOMAS Gerant      4:12.64 (125.)      <- 3:34.18 (6.) ->      7:46.82
    44      LUDVIGSSON Tobias      4:03.75 (50.)      <- 3:43.29 (50.) ->      7:47.04
                            
    48      BARDET Romain      4:07.20 (74.)      <- 3:40.81 (29.) ->      7:48.01
                            
    58      NIBALI Vincenzo      4:06.56 (67.)      <- 3:42.69 (42.) ->      7:49.25
    59      BENOOT Thiesj      4:08.98 (95.)      <- 3:40.66 (27.) ->      7:49.64
                            
    61      ROSON Jaime      4:04.21 (52.)      <- 3:46.46 (66.) ->      7:50.67
                            
    64      LATOUR Pierre      4:01.75 (35.)      <- 3:50.02 (85.) ->      7:51.77
                            
    73      MARTIN Daniel      4:09.97 (103.)      <- 3:44.03 (55.) ->      7:54.00
                            
    82      BUCHMANN Emanuel      4:09.72 (100.)      <- 3:47.28 (74.) ->      7:57.00
                            
    86      GAUDU David      4:08.56 (90.)      <- 3:50.18 (87.) ->      7:58.74
                            
    102      TEUNS Dylan      4:08.14 (86.)      <- 3:53.03 (114.) ->      8:01.17
                            
    133      MARTIN Guillaume      4:14.43 (135.)      <- 3:56.61 (129.) ->      8:11.04

    so after the crash, Thomas did fairly well. And Bardet seems to have made (minor) improvements. Compared to most of the other gc contenders, this is quite a decent performance at least
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #13 on: June 03, 2018, 19:01 »
    . . .

    so after the crash, Thomas did fairly well. And Bardet seems to have made (minor) improvements. Compared to most of the other gc contenders, this is quite a decent performance at least

    Oy, the "crashing Welshman". Hell of a nick to earn. Looks to me like it started on that paint patch. He had it in control, but at the limit for that wheel/tire combination. The paint may have put it just a hair over the line, as that back wheel completely lost traction about 1-2 meters further on. The pavement doesn't look oily or slick, but could have been that, too.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #14 on: June 04, 2018, 01:18 »
    I like it.  The crashing Welshman.   apt
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #15 on: June 04, 2018, 21:51 »
    Technical and punchy finishing circuit today, and once again #vital le coq sportif aka trying sohard put his team to work on the front all day and once again he wasn't there for the sprint. I pity the team and pity the rider, but admire the way they don't give up. One day, he is going to stick the landing, after god knows how many face plants and close calls. Today was actually quite a close one, and for a pro-conti team it is a more ambitious tactic going for stage wins from the main bunch on a finish like this compared to sending a guy in the breakaway every day #androni style, but then they get good tv time hauling the bunch too, just as good as the usual suspects #cofidis get in the breakaway.



    Just a little rant from me on what this race has not:
    Following the Giro this is yet another stage race without really good sprints. Thankfully, the Tour de Suisse will hopefully turn into something like at least a little prelude to fireworks,  for those that enjoy big trains and mad horses sprinting. However the TdF this year I think will be top drama, because there has been little on offer so far this season, and there isn't anything after that of similar importance. So far we have seen either fields with the best sprinters a bit out of shape when present or lacking depth in the field to make the competition really fierce, or tricked by Nibali.  :shh
    I am really looking forward to see the bee-train #jumbo vs quickstep #quickstep vs katusha #katusha vs mitchelton-scott #mitchelton vs #fdj fdj,  all on full force.  :D

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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #16 on: June 05, 2018, 07:04 »
    Technical and punchy finishing circuit today, and once again #vital le coq sportif aka trying sohard put his team to work on the front all day and once again he wasn't there for the sprint.
    #vital, not #veloconcept ;)
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #17 on: June 05, 2018, 07:29 »
    ...
    I am really looking forward to see the bee-train #jumbo vs quickstep #quickstep vs katusha #katusha vs mitchelton-scott #mitchelton vs #fdj fdj,  all on full force.  :D



    Me too :D. Do we know if Cav is riding? It would be nice to see him in the mix one last time.

    Unlike you though, I'm not so bothered about seeing the big trains in action anywhere else. One week isn't enough time to cater for a climbing comp, a sprinting comp and have something for the puncheurs.

    And the French towns and villages and the roads into them, in general seem much better suited to sprint trains than the other two GTs.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #18 on: June 05, 2018, 19:00 »
    same as yesterday, #bora Ackermann was basically the only pure sprinter to make it over the climbs - and this time he delivered and took the win :cool



    Tomorrow it's time for a fairly long, flat, non-technical TTT

    Ordre Heure Equipe
    1      14:50:00      #sunweb TEAM SUNWEB
    2      14:53:00      #vital VITAL CONCEPT CYCLING CLUB
    3      14:56:00      #dimension TEAM DIMENSION DATA
    4      14:59:00      #jumbo TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO
    5      15:02:00      #bahrain BAHRAIN - MERIDA
    6      15:05:00      #fortuneo TEAM FORTUNEO - SAMSIC
    7      15:08:00      #wanty WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT
    8      15:11:00      #cofidis COFIDIS SOLUTIONS CREDITS
    9      15:14:00      #uae UAE TEAM EMIRATES
    10      15:17:00      #katusha TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
    11      15:20:00      #ag2r AG2R LA MONDIALE
    12      15:23:00      #bora BORA - HANSGROHE
    13      15:26:00      #ef TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST - DRAPAC P.
    14      15:29:00      #astana ASTANA PRO TEAM
    15      15:32:00      #fdj GROUPAMA - FDJ
    16      15:35:00      #movistar MOVISTAR TEAM
    17      15:38:00      #trek TREK - SEGAFREDO
    18      15:41:00      #quickstep QUICK - STEP FLOORS
    19      15:44:00      #bmc BMC RACING TEAM
    20      15:47:00      #lotto LOTTO SOUDAL
    21      15:50:00      #sky TEAM SKY
    22      15:53:00      #mitchelton MITCHELTON - SCOTT

    there's a small chance of rain though, especially for those starting later on.

    Ag2R, Dimension, Trek and Jumbo are down to 6 riders already, and Sunweb down to 5 even, which is surely not an advantage.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #19 on: June 05, 2018, 20:45 »
    TTs always happen on the days when I work from home. Big, race changing stages happen when I'm tied up in pointless meetings, two floors under and surrounded by middle-aged guys with massive bellies and skinny legs.

    That said, I'm looking forward to this TTT even if I feel like #sky will probably destroy it. And in part this is because I feel like I have seen very few of them this season. I don't know if there have been less than usual in 2018 but if there were not then I was probably in meetings with those skinny legged guys when they happened.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #20 on: June 05, 2018, 21:14 »
    Sky destroying a TTT would be quite a surprise though. Usually they finish way below par
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #21 on: June 05, 2018, 21:30 »
    TTs always happen on the days when I work from home. Big, race changing stages happen when I'm tied up in pointless meetings, two floors under and surrounded by middle-aged guys with massive bellies and skinny legs.

    That said, I'm looking forward to this TTT even if I feel like #sky will probably destroy it. And in part this is because I feel like I have seen very few of them this season. I don't know if there have been less than usual in 2018 but if there were not then I was probably in meetings with those skinny legged guys when they happened.

    Ehm...#sky has Geraint Thomas racing, and as we have seen they are doing allright on destructive capabilities but the Criterium de Dauphine is looking fine whilst #sky has accumulated at least a few bruises on their leaders. The gun is no good if they don't know where to point it!
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #22 on: June 05, 2018, 22:04 »
    same as yesterday, #bora Ackermann was basically the only pure sprinter to make it over the climbs - and this time he delivered and took the win :cool

    Ackermann was clearly the best and while you may call Edvald "not a pure sprinter" he was this good last July:

    The guy in the blue shirt that was a few millimeters ahead was a german dude called Marcel Kittel, so let's agree that when Edvald is in top shape, he can sprint with the best. Ackermann's victory was by a wide margin compared to that other German last year, but then again this was Edvald still not in top shape. Nice to see that he is able to ride in to the final on such a hard stage in a WT race that is raced considerably harder than the Tour of Norway.

    Also, great to see #wanty Odd Christian Eiking up there doing his job for the team.  :cool
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #23 on: June 05, 2018, 22:32 »
    I agree that he can, yes, but that's approximately once every 20 times he tries to. So can we agree that he is not a pure sprinter? :P
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #24 on: June 06, 2018, 02:23 »
    Me too :D. Do we know if Cav is riding? It would be nice to see him in the mix one last time.

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    One last time???????????

    Whoa. Did I miss something? Who's leaving us? You? Or Cav?  Oy, oy, oy.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #25 on: June 06, 2018, 08:35 »
    One last time???????????

    Whoa. Did I miss something? Who's leaving us? You? Or Cav?  Oy, oy, oy.
    The last time doesn't have to be this time. But obviously there are a limited number of not this times before it becomes never.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #26 on: June 06, 2018, 12:48 »
    The last time doesn't have to be this time. But obviously there are a limited number of not this times before it becomes never.
    You gave me a shock with that. Yeah, there are a limited number of times. Even tho it seems like yesterday, Cav is a senior member of the peloton now. Knock on wood, and hope he stays so for some time to come.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #27 on: June 06, 2018, 16:09 »
    No big surprises here, except perhaps the #lotto performance, where most teams did not have their strongest TT line-ups. So Kwiatkowski back in yellow and four #sky in the top 5.

    The first serious climber on GC is Adam Yates at 1:01. All to play for but this will be quite literally an uphill struggle for Sky's rivals.



    If Kwiatkowski still has ambitions to ride polyvalently and include GCs in his career, then this might well be the week to prove it.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #28 on: June 07, 2018, 08:43 »
    I do like the team time trial as a thing. There's certainly a lot more going on than in an ITT, with different tactics to harness a team's strength and cover up its weakness especially if that weakness has got GC ambitions. I remember Leaky Gas always getting 8/9 men to the finish and posting good times as a consequence, whereas others go for the minimum number to finish together with all the domestiques giving it full gas until they have nothing left.

    It does seem a lot of trouble to go to for less than 2 hrs of cycling which isn't particularly tv friendly. Why not run it in the morning and run a short stage in the afternoon?
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #29 on: June 07, 2018, 08:48 »
    I do like the team time trial as a thing. There's certainly a lot more going on than in an ITT, with different tactics to harness a team's strength and cover up its weakness especially if that weakness has got GC ambitions. I remember Leaky Gas always getting 8/9 men to the finish and posting good times as a consequence, whereas others go for the minimum number to finish together with all the domestiques giving it full gas until they have nothing left.

    It does seem a lot of trouble to go to for less than 2 hrs of cycling which isn't particularly tv friendly. Why not run it in the morning and run a short stage in the afternoon?

    this x 100
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