After two hilly stages with a flat finish, the finish in the third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné is uphill. Now it’s not too steep in the final, but the punchers on duty will have circled this ride in red anyway. Is Wout van Aert’s leader’s jersey threatened, or is he casually participating again for a stage win? In the leader’s jersey for that question, look at the course, the weather forecast and thus list the favorites for the stage victory.
Route stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022
A very interesting stage, with the road going up quickly. The Côte de Saint-Vert looms after more than forty kilometers, but before that time the battle for the leading group will have started in a very difficult environment. The wind is in the side (read more in the weather forecast below!) and so we could have a very fast opening phase.
The Côte de Saint-Vert is actually the final part of a hilly phase of 45 kilometers. After the top of these climbs (3.5 kilometers at 6.5 percent) we descend to Moriat and it is almost flat towards the intermediate sprint in Issoire. The level of difficulty goes up again after 110 kilometers of course and another sixty kilometers before the wheels.
The final climb of the day.
First we head for the Côte de Besse-en-Chandesse, with 1.2 kilometers at 6.0 percent, again not too difficult. However, the road already rises in the twenty kilometers before this and in this phase a wind of force 4 is blowing from the west. This wind can play a crucial role towards the final climb, whether it be from fans, mere nervousness or the difficulty level that is simply higher.
Things are decided on the Montée de Chastreix-Sancy, a climb of 6.2 kilometers at 5.6 percent. However, don’t be fooled by the 5.6, because it contains pieces above 8.0 percent. Towards the top it completely flattens out, before we finish on a hill. Ideal work for strong punchers, who must ensure that men like Van Aert are already overboard.
Start: 12.30 pm
Finish: around 4.37 pm
Weather stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022
When we leave from Saint-Paulien, the sun will shine and the temperature will be around 17 degrees. Ideal weather, although the wind blows treacherously at wind force 3 from the west. This also remains the case during the day, although we are heading inland towards the northwest and the wind is therefore mainly against.
Towards the end of the afternoon and in the last sixty kilometers of the stage we start to climb and the wind strength increases. Wind force 4 – still coming from the west – can make conditions very tough. On the final climb we drive towards the east and the wind may be at an angle or even at full tail. Ideal for attackers?
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Wout van Aert versus Ethan Hayter† Or is it too difficult for them? It will really all depend on the other teams, with Jumbo-Visma preferring not to make it too difficult for Van Aert on the final climb. Will INEOS Grenadiers dare to bet on better climbing legs at Hayter? It is not for nothing that Van Aert has been insisting for weeks that he would train at height and has trained for his sprint, to go for green in the Tour de France. A year ago he could easily handle such an arrival, now too?
If not, Jumbo-Visma has two classification men on hand who can already come out of their loft here. Primoz Roglici and Jonas Vingegaard Both belong to the more explosive men of the pack when it comes to the classification riders. Battle in battle: which of them is possibly better towards the Tour? Are the mutual relationships already being sharpened?
At INEOS it’s for Tao Geoghegan Hart, Hayter couldn’t make it. The 2020 Giro winner has had the accident hanging on his ass for a year and a half, but remains a top class performer with an explosive uphill sprint in his legs. At Bahrain Victorious can Jack Haig definitely recommend this, but we also write Dylan Teuns on. The Belgian is made for such arrivals. Also Andrea Bagioli is a man for a sprint uphill, on behalf of Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl.
If a team makes it really hard and it is up to the classification riders, we will continue to fish in the pond of leaders. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) is fine and can win such a sprint, Enric Mas is becoming more and more complete on behalf of Movistar, Ben O’Connor (AG2R) and Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X) want to compete with the best and at UAE Team Emirates they have with Brandon McNulty and Juan Ayuso two irons in the fire. In the French corner we write Victor Lafay (Cofidis) and Warren Barguil (Arkéa) still up for a nice ranking and maybe a stunt.
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Bram van der Ploeg (Twitter: @BvdPloegg † e-mail: email@example.com)