Critérium du Dauphiné 2020: Favourites

Thibaut Pinot 2019 - Critérium du Dauphiné 2020: FavouritesNo time trials and only uphill finishes. The 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné is custom made for purebred climbers.

Time gaps are not to be expected in the 1st stage. The race serves a succession of hills with moderate gradients. GC riders who lose contact on this terrain have a lot of work to do ahead of the Tour de France.

The second day is something else, as the finish climb is a testing one. The 2nd stage leads to the top of the Col de Porte, which is a 17.5 kilometres climb with an average gradient of 6.2%. The fact that the second part is much steeper than the first contributes to the Porte’s potential to set a first marker in terms of the overall battle.

The 3rd stage gives the riders a first taste of the upcoming Tour de France as the Col de la Madeleine serves as intermediate climb. The finish climb to winter sports resort Saint-Martin-de-Belleville is 14 kilometres long and slopes at 6%.

While the first three days are likely to separate the wheat from the chaff, the real action for the overall triumph comes down to the final weekend. Featuring respectively seven and eight ascents, both stage 4 and stage 5 are extremely demanding. In short, these are brutal grueling journeys in which the winner of the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 – and possibly the Tour de France as well – will show himself.

Time trialists appear to be getting a rough deal on the Dauphiné, instead the route is perfectly tailored to the skills of pure climbers. Since it is the first big stage race of the post-corona season, it is hard to prophecy. If one thing, Primoz Roglic is in good shape. In June, he outclimbed Tadej Pogacar in a two-man battle to claim the Slovenian National Championships.

Favourites Critérium du Dauphiné 2020

***** Egan Bernal, Primoz Roglic, Thibaut Pinot
**** Miguel Ángel López, Romain Bardet
*** Mikel Landa, Steven Kruijswijk
** Enric Mas, Tadej Pogacar, Emanuel Buchmann
* Tom Dumoulin, Bauke Mollema

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