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2019 Critérium du Dauphiné stage 2 Mauriac to Craponne 180km

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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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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Robert5091 said:
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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tobydawq said:
Robert5091 said:
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,
 
Re: 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné stage 2 Mauriac to Craponne 1

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.
 
Break:
Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott), Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale), Julian Alaphilippe, Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Emanuel Buchmann, Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-hansgrohe), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal), Alessandro De Marchi (CCC), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)
 

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