Favorites stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 | Two out of two for Van Aert?

Again opportunities for Wout van Aert in the second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. In the stage to Brives-Charensac, the leader in the French stage race gets a stage that is tailor-made for him. Who can keep him from another win? In the leader’s jersey looks ahead.

Route stage 2 Cirtérium du Dauphiné 2022

The second stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné is one that can go in many different directions. There are four climbs on the program, of which the Col de Mézilhac is the most difficult on paper. The top of this climb is sixty kilometers from the finish and is 11.6 kilometers long at an average of 4.1 percent. However, we are not done climbing yet. In fact, it goes up a lot longer, so that the sprinters can get very difficult here. Because a large part of the final also goes down, it could be worthwhile to push through here and release the fast men.

Less than ten kilometers from the finish, the peloton has to pass another hill. This is 1.2 kilometers long at 5.1 percent average. The start is a bit steeper, before it flattens out a bit at the end of the climb. Not a very heavy thing, but enough to make riders lose some places in the peloton. Riders who want to join the sprint, better sit in the front. After all, you never know where fractures will occur.

The race eventually finishes in Brives-Charensac, where a sprint for victory will most likely follow. The riders are presented with a winding road along the banks of the Loire, but there are no dangerous points. It will be difficult in the final to make up for many places, because the road is not super wide.

Start: 12.25 pm
Finish: around 4.26 pm

Weather stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022

It will be 22 degrees on Monday in the part of France where the Critérium du Dauphiné is located. Rain is not expected, but a strong breeze may arise in the afternoon. Halfway through the afternoon the wind with force three comes from the west, giving the riders a diagonal head start.

Favorites stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022

Just like the day before, only one man seems to have a real chance of winning the second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné: Wout van Aert. The stage was made for him on paper, while in the sprint of the first stage he had little to fear from the competition. He beat relatively easily Ethan Hayter, who we consider to be the biggest challenger to the stage win.

Sean Quinn and Hugo Page will probably hope to mix in a sprint again, but the two are no match for Van Aert in normal situations. In terms of speed Juan Sebastian Molano may still be able to come close, but it is questionable whether the Colombian digests the hills well. Not to mention the other sprinters present in the French stage race. Dylan Groenewegen and Phil Bauhaus do not seem to qualify for the stage victory.

Favorites stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 |  Two out of two for Van Aert?
Wout van Aert triumphs in the first stage.

The real opportunities in that regard may lie in a late failure attempt, after which it must be hoped that the peloton will come to a standstill. Someone who could succeed is Jasper Stuyven. Also at Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl they will hope for such a scenario in the absence of a pure sprinter. In that case, we should pay attention to figures like Andrea Bagioli and Mikkel Honore. The Dane also tried in the first leg, but in vain.

It will be interesting to see what role Jumbo-Visma plays for Christophe Laporte has in mind. In principle, the Frenchman has the qualities to take the win here. The team can optionally play out its card by letting it jump with a late striker. In many situations he has to be able to beat his fellow escapees in the sprint.

We cannot rule out the possibility that the early flight will make it to Brives-Charsenac. In the Dauphiné we often see surprising escapees win, such as Lukas Postlberger last year. Also for classic types like Oliver Naesen and Kevin Enjoys this ride can be a nice prey. At Intermarché we look at Kobe Goossens.

Odds stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022

The odds are not yet known. These will be added to this article later.

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