March 16, 2018
Route of the CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ 2018 unveiled
Lyon 15th March 2018: The route of the 70th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné was unvelied in Lyon this week by Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France.
The race is a tradional testing ground for Tour de frtance favourites and the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Rigoberto Uran, Romain Bardet, Warren Barguil and perhaps Chris Froome will be present
The eight day race opens with 6.6km prologue in Valence on the banks of the Rhone River before describing a clockwise circuit to finish in the Alps. The sprinters will have their opportunities to shine with the first two stages, stage 1, 179km stage 1 between Valence and Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert and stage 2, 180.5km from Montbrison to Belleville.
Stage 3 is a 35km Team Time Trial between Pont-de-Vaux and Louhans-Châteaurenaud, and will give well drilled teams like BMC a chance to show their clsoe-formation skills and place their GC favourites in prime position ahead of the alpine tests.
Stage 4 is for the climbers, 181km between Chazey-sur-Ain and Lans-en-Vercors and debuting the Col du Mont Noir pass and its 17.5 km of slopes at a 6.9% average gradient.
A lumpy start greets riders on Stage 5 out of Grenoble and the finish in Valmorel will be no easy ride, however it is the last two high mountain stages that will shake up the peloton.
Stage 6, 110km from Frontenex to La Rosière at 1855m is identical to stage 11 of the upcoming Tour de France so anyone faltering here will have some hard thinking to do. The high point is the Cormet de Roseland.
The final stage is 129km from Moutiers includes a second pass across the mighty Cormet de Roseland (1968m), this time from east to west, and the Col des Saises (1663m) as well as the 1372m finish in to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc.
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)