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by Mark Zalewski
March 17, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding under threat; British Cycling board minutes illustrate desire for cover-up; Critérium du Dauphiné announces route, alternative Alpe d’Huez ascent; Démare says he has nothing to defend about Sanremo win; Vanmarcke on the mend, will miss Sanremo; Barguil out of Sanremo with ankle injury; Meares considered consulting Hoy over retirement; Iris Slappendel starts cycling clothing line; Driver charged after confrontation with cyclists caught on video; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: The Garners; FWDSET: Movement; Pici Bici – The Collective // Matic.
The 69th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné will feature the Alpe d’Huez on its queen stage. However, instead of the traditional 21 turns to the top, the race will ascend the other side of the mountain.
The race is one of the traditional ‘tune up’ events ahead the Tour de France and often includes portions from that year’s Le Tour parcours. This year that will occur on stage six, the first truly climbing stage — 145.5km from Parc des Oiseaux Villars-les-Dombes to La Motte-Servolex. The last 50km over the HC Mont du Chat are in this year’s Tour de France.
The next day Alpe d’Huez looms at the finish, but without its iconic ascent.
Instead of the traditional climb from Bourg d’Oisans the race will tackle the Col de Sarenne (15.3 kilometers at 6.8% ) before heading up the final 3.7 kilometers of the Alpe d’Huez. This is the side Le Tour used as a descent when it climbed Alpe d’Huez twice.
The 115-kilometer-long final stage will feature more than 4,000 metres altitude, finishing on the Plateau de Solaison, a 11.3km climb averaging 9.2%.