Criterium Dauphiné favorites and absences

All the Tour de France favorites will measure their strength from August 12 to 16 on French roads. Roglic and Bernal, big stars.

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With the Tour de France just around the corner (starts on August 29), this week the Criterium du Dauphiné (August 12 to 16) is celebrated, an appointment that traditionally serves to measure the strength of the great favorites to the Grande Boucle a few days after its start. For this 2020 edition, it has been decided to eliminate the flat and time trial stages, so the route consists of five days with the most attractive high ends. Next we review the great contenders for the title of the gala race.

Primoz Roglic

The Slovenian maintains the state of sensational form that allowed him to dominate last season, where he conquered the Vuelta and the number 1 in the UCI ranking. He was not shown in the races prior to the pandemic, but his work during confinement, without making noise, has been of the highest quality. He has practically not stopped winning since his return to the competition: he won the Slovenian National and last Sunday he conquered the general of the Tour de l'Ain plus two stages, also on French territory. By state of form, he is the great favorite in the Dauphiné.

Egan Bernal

The Colombian has also returned to the roads leaving his stamp like Roglic, although he could not beat him in either of the two stages that decided the Tour de l'Ain. His preparation during confinement, with very hard training sessions in Colombia, has been fantastic and he can begin to bear fruit before the Tour, where he is a firm candidate to revalidate the 2019 title. The route of this Dauphiné, with a lot of mountains and without time trial, favors him.

Nairo Quintana

Nairo was living a sweet moment since he donned the Arkea jersey at the beginning of the course, when suddenly the pandemic cut his progression. He won stages and generals in two lower profile races such as the Tour de la Provence and the Tour du Var, although in an important port such as Mont Ventoux he signed an exhibition like in his best times. Now he plays in a team where he has great gregarious at his service, such as Warren Barguil, and of which he is the undisputed leader. In l'Ain he was with the best, but he lacked a bit to keep up with Roglic and Bernal.

Julian Alaphilippe

Talking about Alaphilippe is synonymous with spectacle. In this Dauphiné he will have stages that suit him well, both for their leg-breaking profiles and for their length, since almost no journey exceeds 150 kilometers in excess. That lower wear and tear benefits him compared to pure climbers, and if the forces reach even the last meters, no favorite has Loulou's top speed. Last year he was fifth overall in the Tour and has earned a place among the top contenders. He finished second in Milan-San Remo and is in good shape.

Mikel Landa

Alava is the best Spanish asset for Dauphiné. He has been seen in good condition in each race in which he has participated, although he has not finished finishing the job. In Andalusia he got on the podium, but he couldn't beat Fuglsang, and in the last Vuelta a Burgos he made a whole Evenepoel suffer, although he was left with honey on his lips with second place in the general classification. His power on the mountain is beyond doubt and since there is no time trial, his great Achilles heel, Mikel will be in the ointment.

Other names to watch

The top favorites, Roglic and Bernal, will have in their ranks luxurious gregarious: the Ineos with Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, and the Jumbo-Visma with Steven Kruijswijk and Tom Dumoulin. The great climbers will also have a lot to say in this race, such as Tadej Pogacar, Adam Yates, Richie Porte, Miguel Ángel López, Sergio Higuita, Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot, Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas, among others.

For calendar reasons, Remco Evenepoel, Jakob Fuglsang (current winner) and Richard Carapaz will be the most significant absences of this edition of Dauphiné.



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