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Critérium du Dauphiné route announced, features prologue, TTT and four summit finishes

by VeloClub

Criterium Du Dauphine map 2018

Tour de France organiser ASO has announced the route for this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné, which will act as the pre-Tour warmup for many of the big contenders. ASO named riders such as Vincenzo Nibali, Rigoberto Uran, Romain Bardet, Warren Barguil and Dan Martin as likely to take part; unmentioned was Chris Froome, who has a potential sanction hanging over him.

ASO is known to be concerned at the effects a participating Froome might have on the race’s image, and is pushing the UCI to make a decision prior to the start of the Tour.

This year’s Critérium du Dauphiné begins with a 6.6 kilometre prologue in Valence. The following two stages cover 179 kilometres and 180.5 kilometre to Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert and Belleville respectively. Both are undulating stages which will make the sprinters work hard to try to get something from the race.

Stage three is a flat 35 kilometre team time trial, which will give squads a whistle test prior to a similar race in the Tour. The remaining stages are mountainous: stage four includes the hors categorie Col du Mont Noir prior to a second category summit finish at Lans-en-Vercors.

Stage five to Valmorel is a hors categorie summit finish, while the following day’s race to the top of the first category La Rosiere is a clone of the Tour’s 11th stage. Just 110 kilometres in length, it promises dynamic racing. The Dauphiné then finishes on June 10 with another category 1 summit finish at Saint-Gervais. This is at the foot of Mont Blanc and was used by Romain Bardet to move to second overall in the 2016 Tour.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2018:

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)
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)

Click through to read an analysis at the INRNG, and see a video below.