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Criterium Du Dauphine 2017 *** SPOILERS***

tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
edited June 2017 in Pro race
Stage 1 underway

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From Inner Ring's preview

http://inrng.com/2017/06/criterium-du-d ... t-etienne/

"The Route: 170.5km, first via a large loop over the Col du Pilon to the Loire valley and then the flanks of the Forez, a hilly wooded area of the Massif Central with two fourth category climbs. There’s every incentive for an early breakaway with the variety of ascents including the second category climb at St. Romain-les-Atheux where the first four riders get 5-3-2-1 points respectively, slim pickings but just enough to reward someone with the polka dot jersey.

Then comes a finishing circuit with three times up the climb to Rochetaillée on the slopes of Mont Pilat, it’s listed in the race website as 3.4km at 5.4% but it’s a touch steeper as it tracks up a gorge, there’s 6-7% here. Crucially it’s on a narrow and winding road, it’s vital to be at the front here which sets up a vicious spiral of riders trying to get to the front so the pace goes up so it becomes even more important to be at the front. They cross the top of the climb by the castle and begin the descent which is on a wider and less steep road than the climb."
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    Break of 7 with 2.51 after 77km

    The seven leaders are: Axel Domont (AG2R), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Antonio Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Romain Sicard (Direct Energie), Silvio Herklotz (Bora), Delio Fernandez and Angel Madrazo (Delko).



    Did not know Nibali had a pro cyclist brother

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    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
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  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,785
    Seems like a super early start for a race. They're already well passed halfway
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    Early start / finish has been a thing at the Dauphine for a few years.

    Unlike the Tour de Suisse which manages to just about squeeze its finish in before sunset
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    12.35 on ES2
    That I suspect will depend on French Open tennis coverage
    Believe that a farther shore
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    Believe in miracles
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    12.35 on ES2
    That I suspect will depend on French Open tennis coverage

    Close.
    Screwed by football, which is going down to a penalty shoot out. :oops:

    Edit:
    Starting now on the player and gone is Hatch, back is Kirby. :(
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • squiredsquired Posts: 1,216
    ....when you are actually glad coverage started late after finding out that CK is commentating.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    Turned on Sporza to find Thomas De Gendt crossing the line for the win.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,055
    Not much interest in today's stage then
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,856
    Damn.Can't believe I missed a Thomas De Gendt win.
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,843
    gsk82 wrote:
    Not much interest in today's stage then
    The Hammer event got 4 pages...

    (I'll get me coat)
    Half man, Half bike
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,372 Lives Here
    TdG reminds me more and more of Stijn Devolder.
  • thegibdogthegibdog Posts: 2,106
    Just caught the highlights on ITV4, good Kirby-free coverage. De Gendt looks great on a bike, whilst it seems Vincenzo got all the Nibali handling skills.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,066
    Colbrelli is showing some good form this season.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,785
    iainf72 wrote:
    Early start / finish has been a thing at the Dauphine for a few years.

    Unlike the Tour de Suisse which manages to just about squeeze its finish in before sunset
    Yea, but I think it starts at midday, just Sunday when it was 10.30!
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,066
    Bouwman, Lutsenko, Combaud and Brown were the breakaway. Lutsenko has attacked from this group and now has 1m over the peloton with 29kms to go. Bouwman and Brown are back in the peloton.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,066
    Combaud about to be caught too, so it is Lutsenko alone with 1 min over the peloton.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    Much prettier than the Tom Dumoulin bike park.
    Dimension Data taking it up again.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    Yet another Si Clarke was the straw that broke the camel's back. Switched to Sporza...
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,066
    Lutsenko only has 10s now with 10kms to go, so will probably be caught soon.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    Demarre, Bouhani, Kristoff.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    Demare............................big gap.....................the rest in a bunch.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,066
    Démare won that easily. Really easily. He hit the front quite early, so I thought he would be caught, but it turns out he was accelerating off the front.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,066
    Anyone who missed it, and wants to picture it, think Cavendish at HTC
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    EBH looks a different rider outside Norway and against opposition.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,066
    Also, for all the abuse he gets, Kirby does a good translation on the fly.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,372 Lives Here
    Is it just me or does this race feel it's come earlier than usual?
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    Is it just me or does this race feel it's come earlier than usual?

    Exactly what i thought.


    2pm for the Eurosport on line only live coverage. You'll need a Eurosport subscription to watch it.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,066
    2pm for the Eurosport on line only live coverage. You'll need a Eurosport subscription to watch it.

    Fortunately, with all their messing around with Sky at the start of the year, I invested £20 in one of those.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    Is it just me or does this race feel it's come earlier than usual?

    I could have done with another week's recovery time.
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    Only 51kms left in any case.

    It's always a week after the Giro, these days.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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