The Dauphiné visited the Plateau de Solaison for the last time in 2017. That day, Chris Froome put heavy pressure on his former lieutenant Richie Porte. The Tasmanian started the stage in the leader’s jersey with Froome in second, but at the end of the day Jakob Fuglsang won both the stage and the GC.
This year’s Plateau de Solaison stage is also an open invite to go all out from the start. The riders tackle the Col de Plainpalais straight away, a climb of 8.8 kilometres at 6.5%. Then they descend to the foot of the Col des Leschaux. Which means 7.9 kilometres of climbing at 4.5%.
The race is 30 kilometres underway on the Col des Leschaux. A flat to undulating intermediate phase takes the riders to the base of the Col de la Colombière. This ascent is 11.8 kilometres long and averages 5.8%. Still 38 kilometres to go at the top.
The first 15.5 kilometres are on descent before some 11 kilometres on the flat usher in the finish climb. The first 4 kilometres are entirely double digit material. The ascent then continues at 8-10% until the last 1.3 kilometres level out a bit. The Plateau de Solaison adds up to 11.3 kilometres and the average gradient sits at 9.2%.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
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