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Dauphine is looking for a successor to Geraint Thomas, but this time for a different preparation for the Tour)

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In the Hotel and being a Sunday, the 71st edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné (World Tour), at the next year. Defending champion Geraint Thomas has been out of the question, and he will start in the Tour of Switzerland. Team-mate Chris Froome was one of the party. The Brit has won it three times already, and will need to take into account, Romain Bardet, Adam Yates, Nairo Quintana, Jakob Fuglsang, Richie Porte and some of the ‘outsiders’, such as Steven Kruijwsijk in the battle for the overall classification.

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This year’s Giro d’italia is behind us, did the lonk for the Tour and the preparation for it. A lot of the riders were staying for the past few weeks on the hoogtestage, and will appear after a long period of time as the competition will once again be at the start in a race or in the Tour of Switzerland or the Dauphiné, the two voorbereidingskoersen in the Tour de france.

In eight outings, and only two, possible three chances for the sprinters in this year’s edition of the Dauphiné. Maybe on the trip on Tuesday to the Hotel, and the stage on Thursday to the centre of grenoble, may as well be one of the favourites on Sunday. But then, quite a few of the slopes have survived and seem to be escapees are more likely to have it. A lot of men are not, therefore, be at the start, due to the heavy work. The match: Nacer Bouhanni, Sam Bennett, Sonny Colbrelli, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Andre Greipel, and no doubt Edward Theuns Jens Keukeleire to take part in the battle.

On Wednesday, following a time trial is about 26,1 km away in Summer, first a technical, then a little climb and then you are going in the right direction to the finish line. Punchers have been put on the stage on Monday, with a sheer look to it at the end, after a difficult passage through the mountains.

As of Friday, the draws of the bunch, really into the mountains with a warm-up to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, which is possible to do for the front, and the finish is after a descent. On the weekend following the finals on Saturday for the ride up to the Montée de Pipay, arriving at a mountain top, as sharp right to the finish only to us but to end up in the same style as the way to Morgins, on 113,5 kms only, but does have seven passes along the way.

The favourites for the stage win? It’s hard to say. With the start of the Dauphiné, it is still almost a month away from the start of the Tour, and a lot of riders coming back from the hoogtestage, and after the Dauphiné, perhaps, for a short-term stay at high altitude. The peak has taken so long for someone to catch it, so it is difficult to predict. Watch the Tom Dumoulin, as he started, Chris and I won the final victory in 2016, 2015 and 2013), and Steven Kruijswijk, Romain Bardet, Nairo Quintana, Jakob Fuglsang (best by 2017), Richie Porte, Adam Yates, Thibaut Pinot noir.

On the Belgian side will be looking to some of the young men who are preparing for the Tour, as Dylan Teuns, Serge Pauwels, Oliver Naesen, in support of Romain Bardet, Gilbert, Bart De Clercq and Thomas Degand. In addition, Wout van Aert is without doubt want to show off, just as Bjorg Lambert, who do not spend your time on the Tour.

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