News – FR – The 2021 Critérium du Dauphiné route unveiled

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Officialized Monday, the eight stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné (May 30 – June 6) will offer the same playing field as at the ‘customary, like a repetition of the Tour de France even if the organizers make a point of repeating that the month of June should not be confused with that of July

Yet the scenario of the last edition of the Dauphiné which saw the leader Primoz Roglic lose his yellow jersey the day before the finish, due to a fall, is reminiscent of the incredible scenario of the Planche beautiful girls on the Tour whose Slovenian was also a victim twenty-four hours before the final on the Champs-Élysées

The Dauphiné is certainly not the Tour but the tension that reigns there reminds each year that the start of the Grande Boucle is very close

The profile of the stages is obviously not a true copy of the alpine passages that the runners will find in July even if there are always some winks like this year the passages of the col de Pré and the magical Cormet of Roselend during the penultimate stage of the Dauphiné which will arrive at La Plagne, also scheduled for the Tour during the 9th stage which will spin towards Tignes

The tradition of this 73rd edition is therefore respected by offering a summary of the mountains over the last three days in Isère and the two Savoyard departments The midweek stopwatch is back after an absence in 2020 due to a shortened and atypical edition placed in August last year after the disruption of the calendar due to the Covid-19 But its 16.4 kilometers during the 4th stage between Firminy and La Roche-sous-Molière should not cause big gaps between the favorites

The route of the roads of Auvergne, never really flat, may leave some slight openings for the sprinters but we will expect more punchers on this kind of rugged roads

The Critérium du Dauphiné has never been a long, calm river, danger is present at every stage and not only when the mountain peaks at the end of the week with its now famous alpine triptych which will end with a full-bodied menu before the arrival in Les Gets, with in particular the ascent of Colombière and Joux-Plane and its very technical descent to Morzine which could up to the end change the general classification

Critérium du Dauphiné, 2021, Issoire, Thibaut Pinot

News – FR – The route of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2021 unveiled
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Source: https://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Le-parcours-du-criterium-du-dauphine-2021-devoile/1225860