76th Critérium du Dauphiné 2024. ***Spoilers***

blazing_saddles
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edited June 1 in Pro race

The Critérium du Dauphiné starts this Sunday. This year’s Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour of Switzerland are both very mountainous. The race begins with a chance for the sprinters before continuing with several hilly stages, an individual time trial, and a demanding final weekend in the high mountains. Remco Evenepoel, Primoz Roglic, Matteo Jorgenson, Juan Ayuso, Sepp Kuss, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Carlos Rodriguez and David Gaudu are all down to start.


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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,232

    Could be the most interesting race of the summer.

    Roglic and Kuss in particular have points to prove.

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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,446

    No clue where this one is going

  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,589

    Mads P takes the first stage, good leadout and took it on a little early, just as he likes to. Bennett second

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  • davidof
    davidof Posts: 3,058

    it wasn't the most interesting stage mind. Hopefully today will be better although it is still absolutely freezing in the region - like winter.

    Not that it is very interesting there is a cross country ski area at the col which is fairly pleasant to ski and the people who run the cross country facilities are very pleasant.

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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,851

    Unfortunately, today looks like a perfect Roglic last second sprint stage. Can't see anyone dropping him, and can't see anyone outsprinting him.

  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,784

    I still can't get used to these short TTs. So weird.

  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,784
    edited June 3

    I'm stuck in 15 years ago where the Dauphine TT was aways 50something KM.


    Set it apart from other week long races because it had a grown up TT distance.

  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,851

    Funny how the memory plays tricks on you like that.

    40km+ quite regularly for a while, yes. According to the PCS stats, 50km+ only twice - in 1957 when it was 68km and 2012, 53km.

    The did used to have the TT about the length of this year's as the second stage of the day, though.

  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,210

    I must admit when I read Rick's comment, I was thinking "I'm sure the Dauphine TT was never that long", so thanks for doing the research to disprove it.

    I thought the organisers usually limited the TT to around 40 kms at most, because otherwise it had a disproportionate impact on the GC.

  • davidof
    davidof Posts: 3,058

    Froomey out the back.

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  • kingstongraham
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    Interesting dynamics in there - the climby sprinter teams back off on the steep bit, can they hang on when Bora take it up? But would they catch the break if they don't got go harder

  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,589

    Mads P shaken out, Wright as well

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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,589

    French rider in solo gurning effort klaxon

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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,851

    Peloton rightly doesn't want to shepherd Bora to a stage win. Why aren't they hammering it?

  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,851

    Bora hit the front at last and Pedersen is finally definitely done.

  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,968

    Magnus Cort appears through the mist to take the stage, with the King of the bonus seconds sprint in second.

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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,589

    Magnus Cort is back! Get in! 🇩🇰

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  • davidof
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,851
    edited June 3

    Maybe Roglic was waiting until he saw the line to hit the front.

  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,210

    Two hundred metres too long for Armirail, a brave effort though.

  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,589

    Chris Juul-Jensen a late joiner to today's break with about 35km to go. Fingers crossed for a 3rd Danish stage winner 😁

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  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,210

    No Dane, sadly, but really pleased to see Derek Gee get that first pro win.

  • Mad_Malx
    Mad_Malx Posts: 5,047

    Not sure even he thought he would get back there.

  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,446

    It was a great finish. Looked like he’d gone way too early but showed real character. Nerurka having a good race too and nice to see Roglic not dominating on Roglic finishes. I was surprised how many were still there with 500m to go.

  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    3 stages 3 yellow jerseys

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  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,662

    Hadn't come across Nerurka before. First thought was of the runner Richard of the same name. A quick Google shows them to be father and son.

  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,210

    Likely to be 4 stages 4 yellow jerseys after today.

  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,210

    No TV pictures yet, but Josh Tarling is absolutely steamrollering this TT course. He was 3 minutes faster than anyone else at the second checkpoint, should be finishing in the next couple of minutes.

    Looks like he has a long afternoon in the hot seat ahead.