Going all out


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Cycling fans develop a very particular attachment to the history of the places they visit. As a result, the familiar features of the 2017 Dauphiné route are likely to be music to the ears of even the most demanding connoisseurs.

While the starting point in Saint-Etienne is famous for the feats of its football team, Les Verts, cycling fans will primarily recognise it for having hosted 25 stages of the Tour de France, 59 of Paris-Nice and 24 of the Dauphiné... in other words, a very well established destination and one of the capitals of cycling. A little later, the peloton will tackle the dreaded climb up the Mont du Chat, for a battle which could be a foretaste of 9th July during the Tour de France as they head towards Chambéry. The next day, the riders will set their sights on hallowed ground. But the procession to Alpe d'Huez is by no means a pilgrimage. Much like the champions, who have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to innovate and surprise, we also wanted to play around with this monument - this time by going around it. The traditional 21-bend climb has been rethought, incorporating a detour which will separate out the riders as they climb the Col de Sarenne, and again over the last four kilometres of the classic ascent. The final “explosion” will of course take place on the last stage, which is open to all riders. The finale at the Plateau de Solaison lends itself well to a flat-out battle of the pedals!

Christian Prudhomme

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