Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 2 Preview

The “tour of the Auvergne” continues with a ski station summit finish… sort of as you can cross-country ski in winter if there’s any snow plus it is a long climb. But it’s open to many riders thanks to the gradual rise.

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Critérium du Dauphiné Preview

Col du Plan Bois

The pre-Tour de France tune-up in the Alps, this year’s race has a tough course with a time trial and three summit finishes. With many riders coming down from altitude form is a mystery but we’ll learn plenty ahead of the Tour de France.

The top billing is a duel between Primož Roglič and Remco Evenepoel, while UAE understudy Juan Ayuso gets a chance to lead and more riders can answer questions about their form and hopes ahead of July’s rendez-vous.

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World Tour Promotion-Relegation Rankings

With the Giro completed, a quick look at the weekly UCI rankings and the World Tour promotion and relegation race as the points for the Giro have been added.

Relegation-facing Astana and Arkéa-B&B have started scoring more but their problem is their rivals have too. And for Astana the troubles are piling.

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The Moment The Giro Was Won

Was there a winning moment? Often this can mean a breakthrough, a coup. Not this time. Tadej Pogačar was never in trouble even if Jhonathan Narváez and Max Schachmann got the better of him on the opening stage.

The next day to Oropa would define the three weeks. Pogačar crashed at the foot of the climb, recovered and rode past the field. Once Rafał Majka pulled over Pogačar launched and he was away. Anyone who tried to follow paid, in this case Ben O’Connor got his wings burnt while Daniel Martinez and Geraint Thomas came in second and third half a minute down.

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Giro Stage 21 Preview

The final stage and once the peloton has arrived by plane in the morning, there’s a quick trip to the beach followed by a criterium around Rome.

If you’ve been watching for all three weeks today’s stage has a later than usual finish at 6.45pm CEST.

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