News – EN – A “fireworks” weekend at the Critérium du Dauphiné 2021

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“In view of the route, there will not be much respite during the next Critérium du Dauphiné (May 30 – June 6 2021)It is a land that lends itself In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, it is difficult to find flat courses: there will therefore still be a lot of relief, and a last fireworks weekend in the mountains. It is a format that we like and that we want to repeat The race has been hectic for several years until the very last day, when the stage often starts at full speed and where it is difficult for the leader’s team to control anything. It’s not a gift to have the yellow jersey on Sunday morning At this time of year, the riders are not calculating, they want to prove themselves as the Tour de France approaches It usually gives a great show Hope it lasts

“Above all, we didn’t want the stopwatch to make the difference over the week by widening huge gaps”

This edition will also mark the return of the individual time trial (absent from the 2020 edition even before it was reduced to five stages because of the pandemic) We wanted to try this option last year, to see what it could give This year, we chose to put it back, but in a short format (16.4 km between Firminy and Roche-la-Molière, 4th stage) We especially did not want the stopwatch to make the difference over the week by widening monumental gaps

The sprinters will not be at the partyThere is only the third stage that could end in a sprint, and more: the winner will be a sprinter a bit puncher, because the finish is at the top of a small bump of 800 meters (in Saint-Haon-le -Old), not very hard, but it should not be too heavy to get to the top at the top The other stages will be much too rough for pure specialists

What do you think is the most beautiful find on this route? The fifth stage, which arrives in Saint-Vallier, should be played on the Côte du Montrebut, 12 kilometers from the finish It is an unprecedented climb that I did not know, a real wall, very difficult: 1.3 kilometers at 12% average and passages at more than 20% The great weekend passes, on the other hand, we know them well We would like to find new ones, but you have to take into account the quality of the road: often, in the descents, it’s a bit rock and roll and you have to be very careful with that We prioritize safety

What can you tell us about the final weekend, with ten climbs listed, including three non-category? The last two stages will be sacred pieces On Saturday, the runners will follow Col du Pré (12.6km at 7.7%), Cormet de Roselend (5.7km at 6.5%), then arrive at the top at La Plagne (17.1km at 7.5% ) The road to the final climb is wide and in immaculate condition: it may give the impression that it is not going up very strongly, but it is misleading, because it is very difficult On Sunday, the favorites will challenge each other on the Col de Joux-Plane (11.6 km at 8.5%), the summit of which will be located 17 kilometers from the finish in Les Gets The suspense should be kept until the end We are not immune to a number of a great climber on Saturday, but the big stage on Sunday, quite short (147 km), difficult and very nervous, should allow us to protect ourselves from it.”

Critérium du Dauphiné, 2021, Tour de France

News – FR – A “fireworks” weekend at the Critérium du Dauphiné 2021
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