The 1st stage is a hilly race through the Ardèche. The riders tackle four KOM climbs. The last one is crested 30 kilometer before the finish and the finale is as flat as it gets.
Stage 2 serves more of the same. Also four intermediate climbs – although in general somewhat longer -, while the last peak appears with 9 kilometres remaining.
The first uphill finish is on the cards in stage 3. Following a lumpy race with a flat intermediate section the last 6.2 kilometres climb at 5.6% to the line.
Time trialists will have it their way in the heart of the Criterium du Dauphiné. Stage 4 is a virtually flat ITT of 31.9 kilometres long.
The 5th stage is another hilly test. The hardest climbs are clustered in the first part of the race, which could favour the fast men.
Stage 6 travels to attackers walhalla Gap. The riders traverse a hilly route to prepare them for the Alpine stages ahead.
Approximately half of the 7th stage goes uphill. The riders tackle the Col du Galibier and Col de la Croix de Fer before finishing on a steep climb to ski resort Vaujany. The first 4 kilometres are particularly intimidating with a 9.5% gradient.
Stage 8 is expected to detonate the fireworks big time. The route features three intermediate climbs before a mountain top finishes on the Plateau de Solaison. That’s a 11.3 kilometres toil at 9.2%.
Critérium du Dauphiné 2022: route, profiles, more
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