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2019 Critérium du Dauphiné stage 2 Mauriac to Craponne 180km

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2019 Critérium du Dauphiné stage 2 Mauriac to Craponne 180km

09 Jun 2019 14:11

Monday's stage - 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné stage 2 Mauriac to Craponne-sur-Arzon 180 km.

Start 12.00 CET, TV from 15.00 CET

The 2nd stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné is played out on lumpy terrain. At 180 kilometres, the races includes eight intermediate hills in the Auvergne region. The last climb is crested 18 kilometres before the finish in Craponne-sur-Arzon.

Stage 2 serves a trying test with a relentless series of energy-sapping uphills. The climbing gets underway as early as kilometre 7 when the riders tackle the Côte de Moussages, which is a 4 kilometres incline with an average gradient of 6.5%. The route continues in undulating fashion to the Côte de la Martel (2.4 kilometres at 5.7%), Côte de Cheylade (4.2 kilometres at 6%), Côte de la Tourbière du Jolan (2 kilometres at 5.5%) and the Côte de Chavanon (3.6 kilometres at 5%). Not hard in themselves, but as the route tackles them in short succession it will wear the riders – and especially the sprinters – out.

A long downhill takes the riders to Grenier-Montgon. A period of relative calm lasts for about 30 kilometres before the second section of uphills begins with the Côte de la Baraque. This 3.9 kilometres ascent at 5.3% is a taster and following a short drop the Côte de la Barbatte appears. The 5.8 kilometres climb at 7% is crested with 42.5 kilometres remaining, while the Côte de Saint-Victor sur Arlanc is the ultimate uphill test. Arguably, this is the hardest climb of the day – 3.1 kilometres at 9.4% – with its peak inside the last 18 kilometres.
The finale takes place on a rolling section. A downslope begins 3 kilometres before the line and the last 500 metres run false flat uphill.

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09 Jun 2019 14:17

Last climb of the day - Côte de Saint-Victor sur Arlanc
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09 Jun 2019 14:23

Balaphilippe.
Riposa in pace, Michele!
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09 Jun 2019 16:50

Small group sprint is so obvious.

Ala for the win. EBH maybe survives. That last climb could be very hard for him.
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09 Jun 2019 17:19

I think Colbrelli can survive, the climb is 20km from the finish.
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09 Jun 2019 17:35

There's a nice gap between the final climb and the finish. I think EBH can be there.
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09 Jun 2019 17:42

Going from the quotes after stage 1, everyone was glad just to get through it unscathed and without problems. If the speed is high again, then the sprinters will have problems. If Gilbert is feeling good then he or Ala should be a good bet.

Weather forecast is for the occasional shower and about 16C.
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09 Jun 2019 17:58

Robert5091 wrote:Going from the quotes after stage 1, everyone was glad just to get through it unscathed and without problems. If the speed is high again, then the sprinters will have problems. If Gilbert is feeling good then he or Ala should be a good bet.

Weather forecast is for the occasional shower and about 16C.


I don't think the sprinters stand the tiniest of chances tomorrow.
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09 Jun 2019 18:39

Laplaz wrote:Balaphilippe.


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09 Jun 2019 18:55

tobydawq wrote:
Robert5091 wrote:Going from the quotes after stage 1, everyone was glad just to get through it unscathed and without problems. If the speed is high again, then the sprinters will have problems. If Gilbert is feeling good then he or Ala should be a good bet.

Weather forecast is for the occasional shower and about 16C.


I don't think the sprinters stand the tiniest of chances tomorrow.


I agree. DQS rode not for their sprinter but to get rid of the sprinters today. Tomorrow is harder so it is obvious that they will again make sure all of the real sprinters die. If for some inexplicable reason they don’t do it, someone else will,
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09 Jun 2019 19:05

Hodeg had already been dropped when they started their acceleration at the front.
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09 Jun 2019 22:58

Lequack wrote:
Laplaz wrote:Balaphilippe.


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10 Jun 2019 05:25

Tommy D came in with LRP and A.Yates on stage one, but no update on his knee. We'll just have to see what happens on the road.
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10 Jun 2019 08:18

Do we usually have individual stage threads for a high profile week-long stage race such as Dauphiné? I don't seem to recall. Good work by the way.
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10 Jun 2019 08:49

Profile's looking good, and GC action today already is possible, but I doubt that someone is willing to roll the dice
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10 Jun 2019 09:11

10C & fog at the start today - Mauriac. Barguil dressed correctly. :)
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10 Jun 2019 09:21

One of those final 50km profiles would have been nice.

Hope Dumoulin finishes with the GC guys today and doesn't have a reaction to his knee
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10 Jun 2019 09:43

These are the three last climbs - it's basically rolling up and down all day long -

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Re: 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné stage 2 Mauriac to Craponne 1

10 Jun 2019 09:44

Grossschartner from the break.

I think it's not possible for Boasson Hagen / Gilbert / Impey or other similar riders to survive this day in the front group.
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10 Jun 2019 10:01

I will go with Impay ftw. Because why not.
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