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 stage and the 3rd stage should give the fast men chances to shine before the 4th stage brings an individual time trial of 23.5 kilometres on rolling roads. Stage 5 takes in six climb, yet we can expect a sprinters clash in the streets of arrival place Mâcon.
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 60 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.
The Queen Stage takes place on the 7th day. The ordeal is played out on a route with six peaks and a double-headed finale with a novel approach to Alpe d’Huez. Firstly, the riders hit Col de Sarenne which is a 15.3 kilometres climb at 6.9% before a rolling section travels to a final run up to Alpe d’Huez. The 21 hairpins are left alone, this approach equals 3.7 kilometres at 7,2%.
The last leg runs 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%.
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Stage 6: Details Mont du Chat
Stage 7: Final 30 km to Alpe d’Huez
Stage 8: Details Plateau de Solaison
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