Critérium du Dauphiné 2019: The Route

Criterium du Dauphine routeThe Critérium du Dauphiné sets off on the 9th of June in Aurillac to finish in Champéry, Switzerland, on the 16th. The Grand Départ will include a 142 kilometres race through the Cantal Mountains .

Departure place Aurillac is located in the southwest tip of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. It is a first for the town in the foothills of the Cantal Mountains.

The route includes a series of demanding climbs, starting with the Pas de Peyrol, an ascension of 10.7 kilometres at 6%. The pass is tackled at kilometre 34 and following a toil at the highest road pass in the Massif Central the riders reach the peak at an elevation of 1,598 metres. Quite an impressive climb to start with.

The race continues to a hilly local circuit in Jussac with the Côte de Saint-Cirgues-de-Malbert slope (2.6 kilometres at 5.1%) and the Côte de Saint-Cernin (4.9 kilometres at 4.1%) standing out.

After cresting Saint-Cernin there are 50 kilometres left to cover, in which the riders face a double ascent up Côte de la route des Crêtes. The 3.6 kilometres slope comes with an average gradient of 6.8%. The summit is 18 kilometres from the finishing line.

Mauriac hosts the start of the 2nd stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, which travels on the slopes of the Auvergne region to Craponne-sur-Arzon. The sprinters should come to the fore on the 3rd day. The finale is a fast man’s dream with a 5 kilometre long straight to the line in Riom.

The Critérium du Dauphiné serves an individual time trial as its 4th stage. The distance and route profile resemble the ITT on the upcoming Tour de France, so it will be a perfect test. At 26.1 kilometres, the course is far from flat, but not mountainous either.

The sprinters are given another chance to shine in Voiron on the fifth day of racing before GC riders are going to take the reins in the last three days. At 228 kilometres, the 6th stage serves the longest race of the week. At the end of a hilly day with a lot of vertical metres the finale is a tricky downhill to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne.

Supposedly, stage 7 will be a dramatic race. At 133 kilometres, the route takes in 4,150 metres of elevation gain. The final haul up is the Prapoutel-Les-Sept-Laux, which is a fairly unknown climb, although the ascent was included in the Tour de France of 1980.

The last stage is even shorter than the previous. The 113.5 kilometres route includes six intermediate before a summit finish on Swiss soil. The final verdict of the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné is in Champéry.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2019: route, profiles, more

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