The race sets off with a stage Saint Etienne-Saint Etienne on a route that takes in eight climbs – the last one is crested with 6.5 kilometres left. The 2nd, 3rd and 5th stage will give the fast men chances to shine, albeit stage 5 is rather hilly.
The 4th stage brings an individual time trial of 23.5 kilometres on rolling roads.
The 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné is set to conclude with a tough 3-day finale in the Alps. Stage 6 is a test for the upcoming July showdown as the last 50 kilometres are a copy of stage 9 in the Tour de France. After tackling the steep Mont du Chat, a 8.7 kilometres climb at 10.3%, the finale is downhill.
Another finale to look forward to is when stage 7 travels over Col de Sarenne to a novel approach to Alpe d’Huez. The Sarenne is 15.3 kilometres at 6.9% before a rolling section runs to a final run up to Alpe d’Huez. So the 21 hairpins are left alone.
The last leg travels from Albertville to Plateau de Solaison on a route that is short (115 kilometres) but explosive (more than 4,000 vertical metres). The route takes in three intermediate climbs before the final toil up to Plateau de Solaison – 11.3 kilometres at 9.2%.
Critérium du Dauphiné 2017: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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All stages Critérium du Dauphiné
Stage 6: Details Mont du Chat
Stage 7: Final 30 km to Alpe d’Huez
Stage 8: Details Plateau de Solaison