Critérium del Dauphiné 2022: stages, profiles, route, participants and favorites

The Criterium du Dauphinewhich will take place between June 5 and 12, and with the Tour on the horizon for all the teams, it will consist of eight stages with tough days, especially the last days of the race. With cyclists of the highest level, and with great candidates to get the French wound, they will have to cover almost 1,200 kilometerswith a time trial will take place in the middle of the week and that will culminate with two stages in the Alps.

Stage 1: La Voulte-sur-Rhone – Beauchastel, Sunday June 5 (192 km, medium mountain)

The first stage will be characterized by the mountainous route that cyclists will have to travel through the Ardechon. After four raisesthe last one will be crowned about 30km from the finish lineemphasizing that the end will be completely flat.

Stage 2: Saint-Péray – Brives-Charensac, Monday June 6 (170 km, medium mountain)

In this second stagesimilar to the first, will have four other ports also categorized. In this case they will be longer uploads and with the important factor that the last one is is only 9 kms of the goal.

Stage 3: Saint Paulien – Chastreix-Sancy (164 km, mid-mountain)

The third stage, of 164 kilometres, vendrña characterized by the high end. The day will be marked by the irregularity of the terrain in which in the last 6 km will be promoted to 5.6% until arrival to the goal.

Stage 4: Montbrison – La Batie dÚrfé (32 km, individual time trial, flat)

At this stage it will be time trialists time. With a flat time trial and a 32 km layout, it will be a good opportunity for the ones specialists demonstrate their qualities. On the other hand, it will also be a key opportunity for those who are disputing the general classification.

Stage 5: Thizy-les-Bourgs – Chaintré (162 km, mid-mountain)

The fifth daymarked by the mid-mountain in its 162 kilometers, will be marked by hard climbs during the first km. This can be a plus point for faster cyclists since it is a golden opportunity to fight for the stage victory.

Stage 6: Rives – Gap (196 km, mountain)

The sixth stage, with almost 200km, in which the mountainous terrainit will be another good opportunity for the fugitives to fight victory. This stage, being just before the toughest days (in the Alps)could encourage the favorites to take it more calmly to reserve legs.

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Stage 7: Saint-Chaffrey – Vaujany (135 km, mountains)

In the seventh stage the final victory will already begin to be decided, to a greater or lesser extent. A day marked by three fundamental rises: the Col du Galibery, followed by the Col de la Croix de Fer and ending at the Vaujany station. The beginning of the stage will be one of the tough moments with a gradient of around 9.5%.

Stage 8: Saint-Alban-Leysse – Plateau de Salaison (139 km, mountain)

The eighth and final stage It will be the one that generates the most expectation, both because the final victory will be decided and because of the hardness of it. Being the last option for the big favorites to win the lapthey will have to make other three intermediate climbs, prior to the end of the stage, which will be crowned in Plateau de Solaison.

The fight between the favorites

The French race will feature big names and aspiring to take it. Within the group of the outstanding ones to win the Alpine lap are men like Wout Van Aert, what will you look for reach a high level with an eye on the appointment in July and arrive in the best possible situation. Next to him are cyclists like the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) or Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma), which they will seek victory this week in French lands.

The Tour runner-up in 2021 will seek to improve the results it has achieved to date this year, with a sixth place in the Tour of the Basque Country and third in the mountain classification. It also highlights, between the bestanother colleague of yours, the Dutch van Aert, who achieved a second place in the mountains classification in the Vuelta al País Vascoand part favorite also for this race.

As for the Spanish peoplehopes pass by Enric Mas (Movistar) and Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorius), that after a great fifth place in the General of the Girowill seek to find good sensations in order to be in tune at the big event in July.

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