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Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 route: Five days of summit finishes in pre-Tour de France race

The route for the 2020 edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné (August 12 to 16) has been announced, with a shortened parcour, doing away with time trialling this year for the first time since the 1947 race.

The 72nd edition of the race, commonly used as a warm up for the Tour de France, will begin in Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d’Or.

The riders will face an uphill finish on every single stage, so the likelihood of any sprinters on the start line is very low. Potentially sprinters who can take an incline may start the race as a Tour de France warm up.

Stage one is a very tough stage, but will be seen as a warm up for the bigger mountains that come later in the race. With seven categorised climbs and a summit finish, this will immediately shake the general classification up.

On this stage two the peloton will first have to tackle the category one Côte de Maillet before a summit finish at the HC Col de Porte. This climb has featured more than a dozen times in the Tour de France during stages where the likes of Gino Bartali, Charly Gaul, Raymond Poulidor and Eddy Merckx have all gone on to win.

A chance to reccy part of stage 17 of this year’s French Grand Tour presents itself the next day, as riders tackle the Col de la Madeleine, before heading up to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.

Stage four is when the real showdown between the climbers will occur, with over 4,700 metres of elevation over seven categorised climbs, including the Montée de Bisanne, finishing on Megève.

Then, the final stage five has eight categorised climbs, with only not being second category or above, once again culminating on Megève, in what race organisers are calling “a true festival of altitude”. You could say that again.

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Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 route: stages

Stage one, Wed August 12 Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d’Or to Saint-Christo-en-Jarez 181km
Stage two, Thurs August 13 Vienne to Col de Porte 132.5km
Stage three, Fri August 14 Corenc to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville 156.5km
Stage four, Sat August 15 Ugine to Megève 156.5km
Stage five, Sun August 16 Megève to Megève 153km

Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 route stage by stage

Here’s a look at the profiles which will shape this year’s race…

Stage one, Wednesday August 12, Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d’Or to Saint-Christo-en-Jarez (181km)

Stage two, Thursday August 13, Vienne to Col de Porte (132.5km)

Stage three, Friday August 14, Corenc to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (156.5km)

Stage four, Saturday August 15, Ugine to Megève (156.5km)

Stage five, Sunday August 16, Megève to Megève (153km)

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