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ASO have unveiled the course of the 2024 Critérium du Dauphiné, with 3 summit finishes in a row set to spherical off the eight-day race, which additionally includes a 34.4km time trial on degree 4.
The race, which runs from June 2-9 as a significant lead-in race to July’s Excursion de France, will function two early uphill finishes and two dash days a number of the first 5 levels. On the other hand, the headline levels are all packed into the overall 3 days.
Summit finishes at Le Collet d’Allevard (11.1km at 8.1%), Samoëns 1600 (10km at 9.3%), and Plateau des Glières (9.4km at 7.1%) conclude the overall 3 levels. The 145.5km degree 7 is about to function because the queen degree – 4 first-category climbs within the Col des Saisies, Col des Aravis, Col de l. a. Colombière, and Côte d’Arâches lead into the finale at Samoëns ski hotel.
Reigning champion Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Hire a Motorbike) will go back to protect his identify within the run-up to his Excursion de France defence. He’s going to face off towards Excursion opponents Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep), regardless that the opposite member of the Excursion’s ‘giant 4’, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates), may not be racing.
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Lidl-Trek), and Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) are a number of the different giant names set to begin the race.
The hole degree of the race shall be a 174.8km experience starting and finishing in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, one for the sprinters and not using a primary climbs at the day excluding a trio of fourth- and third-category hills early on.
Level 2, a 142km day from Gannat to the Col de l. a. Loge, will deliver the climbers out because the peloton tackles a second- and third-category climb within the ultimate 20km en path to the uphill end and the primary GC sorting of the race.
Tomorrow brings every other uphill check because the punchy third-category nearer at Les Estables (3.8km at 5.2%) closes out an 181.2km degree. In keeping with ASO, a rolling 34.4km time trial from Saint-Germain-Laval to Neulise is suited for “energy riders”, with the fourth degree set to supply a significant GC shakeup forward of the overall mountain days.
Level 5 is the overall likelihood for non-climbers to take a outcome. At 200.2km, the experience from Amplepuis to Saint-Priest is the longest of the race and will have to host a dash end. Subsequent up is the experience to Le Collet d’Allevard, a 173.2km degree which options the second-category Col du Granier (8.9km at 5.4%), 45km from the end.
The 145.5km degree 7 to Samoëns 1600 will have to be pivotal within the struggle for the entire win, that includes because it does 3 high-altitude first-category climbs within the opening 85km prior to every other 32km from the road after which the HC-rated ascent to the end.
After all, the race will shut atop the Plateau des Glières, which lately featured within the 2018 and 2020 Excursion de France, albeit no longer as a degree nearer.
It will be the primary time in two years that the race closes with a summit end – again then Roglič and Vingegaard crossed the end line hand-in-hand on the Plateau de Salaison to seal a one-two general end. On the other hand, the 2024 race is about to deliver a unique dynamic between the 2 now-former teammates.