Roglic hit first, who will give next?

The question will be solved during the five mountainous stages of the Dauphiné, the best thermometer to calibrate the temperature of the Tour.


In a world without a pandemic, the Critérium del Dauphiné is the June thermometer to measure the temperature before the Tour de France. The remodeling of the calendar has not changed that function: the Tour starts again at the Dauphiné. But what it has changed is its route, which was reduced from eight to five stages, so it mercilessly struck down everything that did not smell of the mountain with the suppression of two flat arrivals and a time trial. 'Le festival des grimpeurs', the race is titled its official preview. The festival of climbers. 27 ports from this Wednesday to Sunday. And if it is already impressive to see the mountainous profiles of those five days, all with a high end, much more impacts the list of participants, led by the last three winners of the Tour: Bernal, Thomas and Froome.

The Ineos trident will face an equally powerful trident, the one formed in the Jumbo by Roglic, Dumoulin and Kruijswijk. It is the duel between two powers that is also expected in the Tour de France, and in turn it is the same duel that was witnessed last week in the Tour de l'Ain. In this last confrontation, Roglic hit Bernal first, with two victories and the general. And the Jumbo uncovered some cracks in the once-fearsome Ineos. Who will deliver the next blow? And who will hit the last on the Champs Elysees? The first question will be resolved during these five days at the Dauphiné, along with other distinguished guests who can tip the balance, or even fish in troubled rivers. They are Nairo Quintana, Pinot, Alaphilippe, Landa, Pogacar, Bardet, Urán, Superman López, Valverde, Buchmann, Enric Mas, Adam Yates, Barguil, Higuita, Soler, Sivakov… And maybe I'll forget some of them. What is impressive? All of them have also taken tickets for the Grande Boucle, but for now they must be enjoyed in this menu that shows more aspect of a main course than an aperitif.

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