The Critérium du Dauphiné is a smaller version of the Tour de France. Among its 168 riders are many of the well known names, Froome, Valverde, Richie Porte, Contador… Today was the 5th stage and we went to the Col du Bois Clair to see the race pass by.
The route of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2017
The total distance over the 8 stages is 1155km. Today it was passing through La Clayette, Dompierre and La Roche-Vineuse en route to Mâcon, a flat stage before the 3 final alpine stages.
There was the same excitement in waiting, in watching all the police motorbikes hurtling up the road, and the many official cars. The only difference between this and the Tour de France was that there was no caravan with a scramble for keyrings, caps and free samples.
The helicopter appeared
then the leaders
and only seconds behind came the peloton.
As usual, if you blinked you would have missed them. At the front of the peloton is the Belgian Thomas De Gendt who retained his yellow jersey even though the winner of today’s stage was the German Phil Bauhaus.
The stage will be shown on TV at 11 tonight. We’ll be watching. It will provide a bit of light relief from the election.