The closing weekend of the Critérium du Dauphiné is traditionally the mecca for mountain lovers. After the Galibier and Croix-de-Fer on Saturday, the peloton heads to Plateau de Solaison in the last stage, a very tough climb. In the leader’s jersey looks ahead.
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Just like Saturday, Sunday will also be uphill from the start: this 138.8 kilometer stage starts with the Col de Plainpalais, a first category climb. 8.8 kilometers long, at an average of 6.5 percent: that will immediately create the necessary tension on the legs.
After a descent, the Col de Leschaud also has to be conquered, but this will not immediately form an obstacle for the experienced professionals. With its length of 7.9 kilometers and an average gradient of 4.5 percent, this is no more than a runner. At the end of this climb a long valley of fifty kilometers follows.
From that moment on it is only up and down, as we will conquer the Col de la Colombiére from Le Grand Bornand. A first category climb and certainly no stranger: 11.8 kilometers at 5.8 percent, however, does not immediately inspire fear.
The final climb to Plateau de Solaison does this: it can rightly be called an Alpine giant. The first two kilometers immediately run at an average of 11 percent, while the total length of 11.3 kilometers is on average 9.2 percent. It is a jagged mountain, with many steep sections: ideal for pure climbers.
The steep initial phase of the final climb.
Finish: around 4.53 pm
Weather stage 8 Critérium du Dauphiné 2022
It is getting warm, also in the Alps. The temperature fluctuates around 25 degrees Celsius, with a nice sun and hardly any wind!
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It will depend on the Jumbo-Visma men who will win the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Of Primoz Roglici on one and Jonas Vingegaard out of two, they simply hold the key to the final score and also this stage victory in the French stage race. If Roglic wants to win himself, it will probably come to that. If he wants teammate Vingegaard to win, he will succeed. A luxury position.
Ben O’Connor gave the yellow twins a lot of resistance on Saturday, but the Australian also cracked when the Slovenian started his super acceleration. Despite this, O’Connor may be able to take another shot at the stage victory on Sunday, which he already succeeded in this year’s Tour of Catalonia. The other GC riders came up short, to be honest.
Possibly someone from the second row if Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-EasyPost) or Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) take a nice win through a long breakaway. Also men at a disadvantage like Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe) and Brandon McNulty (UAE-Team Emirates) can hope for some space.
If Jumbo-Visma does not want all this, it is probably – just like Saturday – an extensive early flight. Jan Hirt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) is an excellent contender in that scenario, but that also applies to guys like Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic), George Bennett (UAE Team Emirates), Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ) and of course race attacker Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels).
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