The Critérium du Dauphiné returns to its traditional format in 2021, with the individual time trial returning after a one-year break. The route, which was unveiled on Monday, will complete summits at the Alpine resorts of La Plagne and Les Gets this past weekend.
Last year’s Dauphiné was the first in history not to present a time trial. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was later moved to mid-August and shortened to five stages, with Daniel Martínez as the winner.
2021 Dauphiné starts in Auvergne on 30 May with an 182 km stage that starts and ends in Issoire, where the rolling terrain may turn out to be outside the pure sprinters. The fast men should have a clearer opportunity the next day ran from Romain Bardet̵
Stage 3 brings the race to Saint-Haon-le-Vieux, which has an uphill that finishes straight that can tip the balance in favor of finishers.
Given the amount of time to try kilometers on the route to the Tour de France 2021, it is no surprise that the discipline returns to Dauphiné this year. Unlike some recent editions of the race, however, the trial period is not a complete rehearsal for the tests in July, given that the stage from Firminy to Roche-La-Molière is only 16.5 km long.
The terrain becomes more robust in the second half of Dauphiné, and begins with a day tailored to punches on stage 5 from Saint-Chamond to Saint-Vallier. Category 2 The Côte du Montrebut comes just over 12 km from the finish and serves as an ideal springboard for attackers.
That scene serves as a preface to three demanding last days in the Alps. Stage 6 brings the race over the Col de Porte (7.4 km at 6.8 percent) before a two-part climb to the finish line at Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse using category 3 ascents of the Côte de la Frette (3.7 km at 5, 4 percent) and Montée du Sappey-en-Chartreuse (3.3 km at 6.2 percent).
The penultimate stage takes Col du Pré (12.6 km at 7.7 percent) and Cormet de Roseland (5.7 km at 6.5 percent), before the stiff drive to the finish at La Plagne (17.1 km at 7.5 percent).
The hors category the ascent has hosted the stage of the Tour de France on four occasions, starting with Laurent Fignon’s victory in 1984. The Frenchman won again three years later, although his stage victory was overshadowed by Stephen Roche’s dramatic pursuit of Pedro Delgado during the yellow jersey. Alex Zülle held Miguel Indurain to win in 1995, while Michael Boogerd won the Tour’s last visit in 2002.
The final stage of the Dauphiné has no less than six classified climbs, including the Col des Aravis (6.7 km at 7 percent) and the Col de la Colombière (11.7 km at 5.8 percent). Today’s toughest climb is out of category Col de Joux Plane (11.6 km at 8.5 percent), whose peak comes just under 17 km from the finish. A sharp fall in Morzine follows before the short, uncategorized climb to the finish line at Les Gets.
The 19 WorldTour teams and Europe Tour winners Alpecin-Fenix in 2020 will compete in Dauphiné 2021, while ASO has confirmed that B&B Hotels p / b KTM and Arkéa-Samsic have been awarded wildcard invitations.
2021 Criterium of the Dauphiné route
Sunday, May 30th. Stage 1, Issoire – Issoire, 182km
Monday, May 31st. 2nd stage, Brioude – Saugues, 173 km
Tuesday, June 1st. Step 3, Langeac – Saint-Haon-Le-Vieux, 172 km
Wednesday 2 June. Stage 4, Firminy – Roche-La-Molière, 16.5 km (individual trial period)
Thursday 3 June. Step 5, Saint-Chamond – Saint-Vallier, 175.5 km
Friday 4. June. Stage 6, Loriol-sur-Drôme – Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse, 168 km
Saturday, June 5th. Stage 7, Saint-Martin-Le-Vinoux – La Plagne, 171.5 km
Sunday, June 6th. Stage 8, La Léchère-les-Bains – Les Gets 147 km