That last climb, Côte de Rochetailléé, is 3.4 kilometres with an average gradient of 5.4%. It is on the menu three times as it features in the closing circuit in Saint-Étienne. The distance of the lap is 15 kilometres, while it is ridden three times.
The riders hit the local round in Saint-Étienne at kilometre 119. Before this the course takes in five more ascents – Col Pilon, Côte de la Roche, Côte de Périgneux, Côte de Saint-Romain-les-Atheux and Côte de Tarentaise. The climb with the longest name is toughest. The Côte de Saint-Romain-les-Atheux is 6.8 kilometres, while it is averaging 5.2%. After the top at kilometre 94.5 a rolling section continues to the Tarentaise.
The Saint-Étienne circuit is rather hilly as it not only takes in the Rochetailléé but a non-categorised climb as well.
Three years ago Saint-Etienne hosted the Tour de France with a stage that boiled down to a bunch sprint – Alexander Kristoff outperformed Peter Sagan and Arnaud Démare.
The first three riders on the line take 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Results/race report 1st stage 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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