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2019 Critérium du Dauphiné

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Red Rick said:
ITT + 1MTF race.

Easy win for Froome unless Dumoulin magically is in good shape
I don't know if Froome is already in Tour shape, otherwise Dan Martin and Adam Yates could make it interesting by grabbing a lot of bonus seconds on the other stages.
 
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Mayomaniac said:
Red Rick said:
ITT + 1MTF race.

Easy win for Froome unless Dumoulin magically is in good shape
I don't know if Froome is already in Tour shape, otherwise Dan Martin and Adam Yates could make it interesting by grabbing a lot of bonus seconds on the other stages.
They'll throw away over a minute in the ITT.

Froome won't be in Tour shape but he's going all in on the Tour and not holding back
 
Froome has won Dauphine 3 times. Each one before he won the Tour, so he should be performing at a very high level me thinks. He should not be too far off when it comes to shape and form.

2017 he was 4th, when Fuglsang won. When Froome and Porte were riding against each other.
 
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Zinoviev Letter said:
Oddly weak sprinting field. I suppose that the Giro-Tour guys don’t want the race days?
Bennett, Hodeg, Mezgec, Bouhanni, Boassen Hagen and Greipel might not be the cream of the sprinting crop, but it’s a solid lineup by Dauphine standards. The one or two sprint stages per year have been easy pickings for the handful who’ve bothered to show up in recent years.
 
Froome isn't going for the doulbe for any sort of double for the first time since 2016, so I expect his shape to be somwhere around that level again, maybe a little worse as he is starting to decline. But he definitely looks like the most likely winner.
 
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Leinster said:
Zinoviev Letter said:
Oddly weak sprinting field. I suppose that the Giro-Tour guys don’t want the race days?
Bennett, Hodeg, Mezgec, Bouhanni, Boassen Hagen and Greipel might not be the cream of the sprinting crop, but it’s a solid lineup by Dauphine standards. The one or two sprint stages per year have been easy pickings for the handful who’ve bothered to show up in recent years.
It just seems unusual this year to see a relatively prestigious WT race with a couple of sprint stages and only one of the big sprinters there. These days I’m getting spoiled and expecting at least three at every race.
 
happytramp said:
In theory couldn't a sprinter quit after stage 5 and start the tour of switzerland a few days later? Seems to be a couple of stages for them there.
Think the UCI Rules prohibit that.

Valv.Piti said:
Reminds me a bit of the 2012 route with only one proper mountainstage to gain time. Otherwise the stages look interesting apart from a few sprints tho.
Funnily enough this is first time Quintana has rode Dauphiné since 2012 which surprised me a bit, thought he had done more than one Dauphiné.
 
happytramp said:
In theory couldn't a sprinter quit after stage 5 and start the tour of switzerland a few days later? Seems to be a couple of stages for them there.
If you abandon one stage race, you can’t start another UCI race until the one you started is over.

I think the UCI brought in that rule precisely because of riders doing exactly that.

As great as it is for spectators to have these stage races backloaded with GC stages, I do wish there was something in it for sprinters/classics specialists/rouleurs in terms of some reward for getting over the last few days of mountains and TTs. Demare lost the Ciclamino Jersey on stage 18 of the Giro, and had to carry on for 3 more days with nothing to show for it each day except to check if Ackerman has abandoned or not.
 
Nice route. No place for complaints.
Maybe the riders could complain since there's no high altitude they'll tackle a month later. If that's the case, they can head straight to Switzerland instead of waiting for eight days to do so.
Hopefully, the weather will be good. It really affects the experience on both sides of the screen.
 
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Tonton said:
klintE said:
The course is not that bad as people say. Thibaut Pinot will win this bike race.
You beat me to it :) .
Sorry my friend; first come, first served :)

He can beat Fulsang and Yates in TT, only Throome and Dumo are a little problem. But i suspect them to not being in 100% form.
 

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