Critérium du Dauphiné 2019: The Route

Geraint Thomas - Critérium du Dauphiné 2019: The RouteThe Critérium du Dauphiné sets off on the 9th of June in Aurillac. 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.

The entire route of the race will be revealed on 25 March.

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