Favorites stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 | Can Groenewegen survive against Van Aert and Hayter?

After the time trial on Wednesday, the Critérium du Dauphiné continues with a new hill stage. The fifth stage can be for sprinters, but we have already seen this Dauphiné that the sprinters have a hard time when the pace is increased. Or will another flight win? In the Leader’s jersey, we discuss the course, the weather forecast and the favorites for the stage win.

Route stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022

The fifth stage in the Dauphiné is difficult from the start, but which scenario is drawn depends mainly on the final. In the first two hours we will conquer the Col des Ecorbans (4.2 kilometers at 5.6 percent) and the Côte de Dun (4.9 kilometers at 6.8 percent), where the wind will be strong and the question is when a nice leading group is leaving. After 52 kilometers the peace will return and any released can rejoin.

After a long transition phase – in which it will never be really flat anywhere – the final is the challenge for men like Dylan Groenewegen. He had to let go in the first two sprint opportunities, but can he hook up now? The Col du Bois Clair (2.7 kilometers at 3.7 percent) and Côte de Vergisson (1.8 kilometers at 4.8 percent) are not too long and not too steep, but if a hard course is made, it can get difficult again. If we use Google Maps, a good Groenewegen should be able to do this on the last climb…

Start: 12.50 pm
Finish: around 4.36 pm

Weather stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022

It was still raining hard on Wednesday in the starting place of Thizy-les-Bourgs, but it will be dry around the start at 12.50 pm on Thursday. There is a strong wind from the northwest from the departure. Wind force 4 at the start, after the first climb of the day it decreases slightly. In the second part of the stage, when we drive towards the east, the wind is at some angles at the back, but there are really no open spaces in these areas. With a sun and about 17 degrees, the riders can’t complain. Whether they will do something with the wind depends entirely on the riders!

Favorites stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022

When looking at the course we already sorted for it a bit, but if Dylan Groenewegen If this Dauphiné wants to win a stage, this could be it. The Dutchman from Team BikeExchange-Jayco has already been released twice this round in potential sprint opportunities, can he now join if there is undoubtedly a team that will increase the pace?

There will be teams that smell blood. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Ethan Hayter (INEOS) are a little better over a hill, but they also put in a lot of effort in the time trial on Wednesday. Trek-Segafredo and EF Education-EasyPost, we have also seen this Dauphiné lead several times, especially for Jasper Stuyven (pull) and Sean Quinn (EF) must have been. Will they show initiative again on Thursday?

At Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert proved Hugo Page to be fast in such stages, so the Belgian formation probably wants to take a gamble on the only 20-year-old Frenchman. If we look further, it will have to come from a leading group for a stage win. Do we see men like Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen (AG2R) on the offensive again? Or send Lotto Soudal with someone like Harry Sweeny anyone else ahead?

Favorites stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 |  Can Groenewegen survive against Van Aert and Hayter?
Dylan Groenewegen

Odds stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022

Dylan Groenewegen – 3.00
Wout van Aert – 3.75
Jordi Meeus – 12.00
Ethan Hayter – 15.00
Mikkel Honoré – 21.00

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Bram van der Ploeg (Twitter: @BvdPloegg † e-mail: b.vanderploeg@indeleidersrui.nl)