The Dauphiné will offer chrono and Alps as prior to the Tour

The presentation of the 73rd edition of the Critérium del Dauphiné, which will be held from May 30 to June 6, has revealed an attractive route.

The presentation of the 73rd edition of the Dauphiné, which will be held from May 30 to June 6, has unveiled an attractive route as a pre-Tour de France exam that includes an individual time trial and an alpine triptych that will put excitement among climbers.

After a 182km line debut on a circuit around Issoire, the organization has designed a demanding and balanced course, which includes the return of the chronometer midweek on Wednesday the eve of the decisive mountain stages. Appointment of climbers, the ideal place to test the form of the candidates for the Tour de France, who will have the goals of Sappey-en-Chartreuse, La Plagne and Gets.

An exam that will provide indicative data for what happens on the Tour from June 26 to July 18. Many champions have triumphed before at the Dauphiné, such as Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas, but others, such as Alberto Contador, never achieved glory in this race. The last two winners, the Danish Jakob Fuglsang and the Colombian Dani Martínez, did not later have a reflection of their triumphs in the Dauphiné on the podium in Paris.

The 2021 route will link the Massif Central and the Alps. The start will be from Issoire, for a first day suitable for sprinters, as in Saint-Haon-le-Vieux two days later. The risks of seeing an overly defined hierarchy midweek are reduced with a 16.5 kilometer time trial on Wednesday 2 June between Firminy and Roche-la-Molière.

After an opportunity for the "finishers" in Saint-Vallier, the race enters alpine territory, where climbers will have the stage of Sappey-en-Chartreuse, crossing the Col de Porte. The next day the Dauphiné will discover the La Plagne station, which is reached after 17 kilometers of ascent (7.5% average difference in altitude), and after having already made great efforts to climb the Col de Pré and Cormet de Roselend.

On Sunday, the stage set for the end of the party focuses on 145 kilometers and a series of climbs that could serve as a springboard for a revolution. The Col des Aravis, the Colombière, the Châtillon coast and especially Joux-Plane, a terrain conducive to attacks, will come into play. After descending Morzine, the climbing festival ends at Les Gets.

Among the participating teams are 19 from the World Tour, as well as two guests: Arkea Samsic de Nairo Quintana and B&B Hotels.

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