Straight from the start it goes uphill and after 13.5 kilometres Côte de Monteynard is crested. No drop, the riders stay at this altitude and on rolling roads they head for Côte de Terrasses (with 33.5 kilometres done) and Côte Saint-Laurent-du-Cross (with 83 kilometres done) before the party really gets going at Col de la Moissière. The 8.3 kilometres climb at 8.2% is crested after 100 kilometres in the saddle. The top lies at an elevation of 1,573 metres.
Finally, a drop. For around 10 kilometres the riders race at an elevation of 1,000 metres before the piece de resistance looms. Col du Noyer is a 7.5 kilometres climb at 8.4% with the second part by far the most harsh. The last 3 kilometres go up at 11.7%, 9.1% and 13.9%.
An 8 kilometres drop takes the riders to the foot of the closing climb, Montée de Superdévoluy: 3.8 kilometres at 5.9%.
Stage 7 in the 2013 Critérium du Dauphiné featured a copy of this year’s finale with the Noyer and the climb up to Superdévoluy. On the lower flanks Jakob Fuglsang and Sammy Sanchez jumped clear and it was the Spaniard who was fastest in a sprint-à-deux.
No intermediate sprints in the Dauphiné, yet at the finish time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting for the first three riders.
Race results/race report stage 7, 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Critérium du Dauphiné 2016 stage 7: route maps, height profiles, etc.
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