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Critérium du Dauphiné
« on: June 03, 2019, 08:15 »
Critérium du Dauphiné[1]

June 9th to 16th

The Dauphiné is often a race for rivals to come together before giving way to unrelenting contests over several terrains, as a foretaste of what is to come on the roads of the Tour de France. This year, the scene has mainly been set for the riders to embark on new challenges. To begin with, for what is traditionally a week in the Alps, the organisers have thrown a curve-ball by placing the start in the Cantal for the first time. On the very first stage, the riders will have to tackle genuine climbs that will set an eventful tone for the week: after climbing the Puy Mary, the stage victory will be contested on a dynamic and especially bumpy circuit. Not content with this initial shake-up, the road to Craponne-sur-Arzon (on Stage 2) will show that a roller-coaster ride is also possible on the slopes of the Auvergne region. The following day, the sprinters should feel at ease on the long 5-kilometre straight line just before the finish in Riom, as well as in Voiron for the fifth day of racing. In the meantime, the main favourites will have begun to try and edge clear of each other on the time-trial in Roanne, which, for the occasion, could almost be twinned with Pau: apart from the indoor start from the Scarabée hall, the distance and terrain will be very close to what the riders can expect on 19th July in the Béarn area on Le Tour.

Sunday, June 9th – Stage 1 - Aurillac > Jussac - 142 km


Monday, June 10th – Stage 2 - Mauriac > Craponne-sur-Arzon - 180 km


Tuesday, June 11th – Stage 3 - Le Puy-en-Velay > Riom - 172 km


Wednesday, June 12th – Stage 4 - Roanne > Roanne – Individual Time Trial - 26,1 km


Thursday, June 13th – Stage 5 - Boën-sur-Lignon > Voiron - 201 km

Yet, it is indeed in the mountains that the main threads of the plot will come together over the last three days, although the Critérium du Dauphiné will be cutting loose from the most visited and renowned climbs. For example, on the longest stage of the week (on Friday, 228 km) the ascent up the Col de Beaune may hold a surprise in store for some riders, as might the tricky descent down into Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne. The distance to be covered on the two remaining stages put together just tops the length of Stage 6, but both will stand out thanks to their dynamic and unique character. For example, none of the participants will have tackled the slopes of Prapoutel-Les-Sept-Laux, climbed by the riders on the Tour de France in 1980, which will be the backdrop to the finish of the most demanding stage for the riders (with 4,150 m of gradient to climb over a distance of 133 km). The accumulation of kilometres raced and the profile of Sunday’s stage could give rise to a dramatic shift in the race hierarchy, on a route where Dauphiné regulars will reacquaint themselves with previously visited places, but not in the traditional order, such as the climb at Les Gets, the Col du Corbier, the Châtel ski resort and the Swiss resort of Champéry. This is where the race began in 2013 and this year it will witness the final verdict.

Friday, June 14th – Stage 6 - Saint-Vulbas - Plaine de l’Ain > Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne - 228 km


Saturday, June 15th – Stage 7 - Saint-Genix-les-Villages > Les Sept Laux-Pipay - 133 km


Sunday, June 16th – Stage 8 - Cluses > Champéry (Switzerland) - 113,5 km

In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race. In addition to these eighteen teams, the organisers have awarded the following wildcards:
  • #cofidis COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
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Three-time Dauphiné winner Chris Froome will face opposition from the usual suspects, including Jakob Fuglsang, Romain Bardet, Dan Martin and Richie Porte, as well as riders such as Thibaut Pinot and Nairo Quintana, who are coming back to the race with even loftier ambitions.
 
Barring any surprises, everyone knows what awaits the victor of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Four times in the last six years, the winner has gone on to stand on the top step of the podium of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées. Chris Froome followed this path in three of his four Tour wins so far… and intends to tread it again in his bid to become a member of the five-time winners' club by the end of July. The Brit has been far less prolific in 2019 than in previous seasons (with no victories so far), while the heightened aspirations of other riders in the recently renamed Ineos team further complicate the matter. A new win here would go a long way towards bolstering "Froomey" as a credible contender, but on the roads between Aurillac and Champéry he will come up against many pretenders who already know what it is to stand on the podium and are also eager to make an impression in the Alps. Another former winner, Jakob Fuglsang, has got even stronger since 2017, with a series of rock-solid performances during the classics campaign culminating in victory in Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The Dane's show of strength in Belgium will make him a marked man in the mountains, especially for Richie Porte, who saw Fuglsang snatch overall victory from him with an eleventh-hour move two years ago. Although the rider from Down Under has struggled in previous seasons, he seemed in his element in the Tour of California (fourth) and could bring down the hammer in the stage 4 time trial around Roanne if he gets his mojo back.
 
After surviving the tricky roads of the Cantal department and limiting the damage in the race against the clock, climbers will finally get their chance to shine in the last three stages. Romain Bardet and Dan Martin, for example, have both finished on the podium twice, while Adam Yates came in second last year. However, the regular Dauphiné crowd will be facing top-notch rivals who are returning to the race this year. Thibaut Pinot laid the groundwork for his comeback with victory in the Tour de l'Ain, while Nairo Quintana went toe to toe with Egan Bernal in Paris–Nice and proved himself a credible contender for his first appearance since 2012, when he took the stage to Morzine. Time for a great comeback story.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #1 on: June 03, 2019, 08:26 »
    Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge

    June 16th

    One day after the Dauphiné, the climbers will have a chance to climb Mont Ventoux in a new one-day race, the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge. The UCI 1.1 category event will start in Vaison-la-Romaine and feature eight climbs over the 185-kilometre route before the summit finish on the ‘giant of Provence’.


    Not too many teams are grabbing the chance to come right over from the Dauphiné though:

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        #ef TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST-DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE-USA
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        #cajarural CAJA RURAL-Spain
        #delko DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE-FRANCE
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        #murias Murias EUSKADI-Spain

    UCI CONTINENTAL Teams Teams:
        #amore AMORE & VITA
        #interpro INTERPRO (JAPAN-FRANCE)

    The race will be live on Eurosport, l'Équipe21 and Rai Sport
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #2 on: June 04, 2019, 12:20 »
    Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge

    Not too many teams are grabbing the chance to come right over from the Dauphiné though:

    team list
    In other words, the French teams, Vaughters' lot who see an opportunity for storytelling, and a couple of teams who take the rare chance to race against (some of) the best.

    Either this race becomes legendary within a few years, and 15 WT teams will kick themselves for not being part of it from the start ... or it dies a slow (or even quick) death within a couple of years.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #3 on: June 04, 2019, 19:21 »
    In other words, the French teams, Vaughters' lot who see an opportunity for storytelling, and a couple of teams who take the rare chance to race against (some of) the best.

    Either this race becomes legendary within a few years, and 15 WT teams will kick themselves for not being part of it from the start ... or it dies a slow (or even quick) death within a couple of years.

    My Suspicion is that it will go the same way as the Classique des Alpes.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #4 on: June 06, 2019, 08:00 »
    probably. But back to the Dauphiné... #sunweb Tom Dumoulin is (more or less - the team statement doesn't sound too excited) confirmed to return to racing:

    "If all continues according to plan, Tom will make his return to racing at the Dauphiné after injuring his knee at the Giro d'Italia. His recovery has been slower than we hoped for and he will undergo a final MRI scan tomorrow [Thursday], as a final check before he heads to France. Then he will use Dauphiné to get back into racing rhythm for bigger goals in July. We'll take a day-by-day approach, taking no risk and with no focus on the GC. Alongside Tom we also have Martijn back from injury which is great, and Robert fully recovered, after his Giro was also ended early after a crash."

    #ineos Egan Bernal on the other hand, will do the Tour de Suisse instead.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #5 on: June 09, 2019, 07:55 »
    interesting (and very unusual) that there are almost no riders coming over from the Giro by the way. As far as I can see, #jumbo Sepp Kuss and #ccc Laurens ten Dam (who abandoned the Giro after day #6) are the only ones.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #6 on: June 09, 2019, 11:20 »
    His recovery has been slower than we hoped for...

    Alongside Tom we also have Martijn back from injury...

    and Robert "fully recovered" after his Giro was also ended early after a crash.

    Sunweb spotted on a recent training ride:  :shh
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    « Reply #7 on: June 09, 2019, 11:26 »
    Either this race becomes legendary within a few years... or it dies a slow (or even quick) death.

    I imagine that it'll take just one of these to seal the race's fate.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #8 on: June 10, 2019, 08:19 »
    Interesting stage yesterday. After #astana Magnus Cort, #ag2r Oliver Naesen (both from the early break) and late escapee #lotto Bjorg Lambrecht were caught with 500m to go, it came down to the expected (very) selective bunch sprint - won by #dimension Edvald Boasson Hagen. His 5th victory at the Dauphiné.



    Even more up and down today. Should be a cracker



    Final 60k via @raffilpt:

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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #9 on: June 10, 2019, 08:29 »
    the same final climb as today was also used in the 2007 Tour de l'Avenir by the way - back then 11k before the finish, instead of 18 today:



    Rovny won it from a breakaway, so Boasson Hagen actually came 2nd from the peloton. Surely not a bad sign for today, but I guess it'll still be tough to defend #yellow
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #10 on: June 10, 2019, 11:49 »
    so close for Phil

    ah well - at least he is in good shape

    happy foe Eddy Boss ... been a while for him
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #11 on: June 12, 2019, 07:46 »
    I didn't get to see stage 2 yet, but it seems to have been a great one, and even more selective than expected. And it saw the return of #quickstep Petr Vakoc to the big scene :cool



    while stage 3 ended up in a straight forward bunch sprint, with the best sprinter in the field taking it with ease



    Today's time trial is absolutely non-technical for most of the 26k, but with a little stinker in the middle:



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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #12 on: June 12, 2019, 16:08 »
    Flippin' heck

    Skineos TDF leadership equation resolved...

    sounds like a nasty crash for Froome
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #13 on: June 12, 2019, 17:20 »
    Wow Van Aert.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #14 on: June 12, 2019, 18:25 »
    Flippin' heck

    Skineos TDF leadership equation resolved...

    sounds like a nasty crash for Froome

    Is it? Or is it now a 2 way fight for leadership instead of 3 way fight for it.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #15 on: June 12, 2019, 18:28 »
    Flippin' heck

    Skineos TDF leadership equation resolved...

    sounds like a nasty crash for Froome

    Indeed it does. And I don't think Geraint is where he was last year.

    Wow Van Aert.
    :lol
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #16 on: June 12, 2019, 19:47 »
    I have to say, having watched it later as I was playing golf today, Pinot’s position on the bike is awful. If he put the saddle higher he wouldn’t slip forwards every third pedal stroke and have to push himself back.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #17 on: June 12, 2019, 21:44 »
    Indeed it does. And I don't think Geraint is where he was last year.
     :lol

     You will be surprised in that case.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #18 on: June 12, 2019, 22:30 »
    I have an idea who’s going to win The Tour and it gerain’t Thomas.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #19 on: June 12, 2019, 22:38 »
    I have to say, having watched it later as I was playing golf today, Pinot’s position on the bike is awful. If he put the saddle higher he wouldn’t slip forwards every third pedal stroke and have to push himself back.
    I didn't see the stage today but that is quite a common issue. I doubt his position is truly bad, surely we can trust that this is the most efficient position for him. See also Contador who used to shift back and forth across the saddle all the time.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #20 on: June 12, 2019, 23:11 »
    they just changed his position because it was the cause of his bad time trials over the past two years or so. Now he is able to produce more power again (although it's a bit worse aerodynamically), he says, and result-wise the two time trials (in Tirreno, and now this one) didn't go too bad either, I'd say.

    There was a long article about it in l'Équipe today.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #22 on: June 13, 2019, 02:13 »
    awful for Froome - I have posted int he injury thread.


    Van Aert - :o     simply awesome !!!


    Pinot and Bardet both have serious TT issues.  If they truly ever want to contend for a Grand Tour, they have to address this surely?   Its such a glaring weakness and going to hinder them every single time.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #23 on: June 13, 2019, 09:27 »
    I have an idea who’s going to win The Tour and it gerain’t Thomas.

    I notice you haven't spilled the beans, Joel.
    Who have you got in mind?
    (other than Fernando :D)
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #24 on: June 13, 2019, 14:35 »
    Adam Yates.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #25 on: June 13, 2019, 15:02 »
    You will be surprised in that case.
    I wouldn't mind. Can't say it hasn't happened before!

    Adam Yates.
    It appears we have someone with imagination and dreams!   :o  :lol  :cool
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    « Reply #26 on: June 13, 2019, 15:50 »
    Adam Yates.

    Well it is his turn for the good year.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #27 on: June 14, 2019, 07:37 »
    so, the last two days saw the same winner, and in quite an impressive manner:





    his mother was in the Jumbo car following him during the time trial. She said she'll never do it again :P

    The "wow, van Aert!" days are likely to be over though, unless he joins the breakaway today.
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #28 on: June 14, 2019, 10:47 »
    The "wow, van Aert!" days are likely to be over though, unless he joins the breakaway today.

    Is todays stage definitely to difficult for him? I'd like to see him give it a go at staying with them on that final climb
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    Re: Critérium du Dauphiné
    « Reply #29 on: June 14, 2019, 15:59 »
    yeah, probably. He didn't even try in the end.



    Bit of a strange stage. Alaphilippe almost fell off the bike several times, barely able to sprint in the end - while in the peloton it looked more like they had sent out a memo not to attack the descent. Even Kruijswijk managed not to get dropped
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