June is turning into the month of the “mini tour de france”. First up, the Dauphine brings the heat with four uphill finishes and a tough individual time trial that will be very similar to a key stage of the Tour de France 6 weeks later!
Dan Martin will be looking for a good result at this year’s Dauphine.
On paper the Dauphine is a tough race to read. In a somewhat unusual parcours, the Dauphine will have decisive stages all the way to the final climb of the final stage to La Toussuire. The first uphill finish comes on stage two, and looks like it will be a tough climb, even though it only gains around 1500 feet over 8-10k.
Perhaps the most interesting day to watch Tour contenders comes shortly after on stage 3. Everyone in the race who has aspirations of winning the Tour de France overall, will want to have a great showing on stage 3 in Grenoble.
After a sprint stage 4, and a mid-mountain day on stage 5, the Dauphine will face it’s toughest climb on stage 6 to Collet d’Allevard. Stage 6 is the final day where overall contenders in the Dauphine have a super tough finish to reinforce their lead, or try to take over the lead. The stage 6 finish will certainly be fun to watch!
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