Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 Route stage 1: Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d’Or - Saint-Christo-en-Jarez

Criterium du Dauphine 2020 profile stage 1Wednesday 12 August - The Critérium du Dauphiné opens with a hilly race of 181 kilometres. The finish lies at the end of an uphill section that adds up to 13 kilometres.

Following a rolling section the first uphill appears afters almost 30 kilometres. The Col de la Luère is 5.4 kilometres long and averages 6.2%. The route continues to undulate further upward for a few kilometres before a long and gradual downhill leads down towards the river Loire.

The Côte de Saint-Héand is the day’s second climb out of seven. It is 2.9 kilometres long and rises at 4.2%. The intermediate sprint takes place just after the summit in Saint-Héand. The race is halfway by then.

After the descent the Critérium du Dauphiné de Montée pays tribute to Andrej Kivilev, the Kazach rider who lost his life in the 2003 edition of Paris-Nice. He crashed helmet-less, which was the trigger to make wearing helmets compulsory in the peloton. The Montée Andreï Kivilev climbs for 3.6 kilometres at 3.8%. Shortly after the summit the riders cross the finish line for the first time.

Two identical laps of 35 kilometres round out the route. The Côte de Leymieuex – 2 kilometres at 5.5% – and Col de la Gachet – 3.3 kilometres ar 4.6% – are connected by an uphill false flat, so one could argue the last 13 kilometres are essentially one climb. The finish is situated 1 kilometre after the summit of the Col de la Gachet in Saint-Christo-en-Jarez.

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