The classic race, postponed due to the coronavirus, will run in a format unique in just 5 days, from 12 to 16 August, reveals France Bleu Saint-Etienne Loire.The riders of the edition 2019 of the Critérium du Dauphiné, between Aurillac and Jussac, the June 9, 2019. (CHRISTIAN STAVEL / MAXPPP)
The Critérium du Dauphiné will take place this summer and, as always, before the Tour de France, but in a shorter version, according to the information of France Bleu Saint-Etienne Loire. Initially planned for Sunday 31 may to Sunday 7 June, the race had been postponed because of the outbreak of coronavirus. The international cycling Union must confirm that this new programming this Tuesday, may 5, at the presentation of the new calendar year 2020.
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The race will therefore be shortened, probably passing from eight to five days. It will be held from 12 to 16 August, two weeks before the Tour de France, the start of which is for the moment scheduled for 29 August. Usually the Critérium du Dauphiné before the Large loop to three weeks.
Among the changes expected, the arrival city of the first step. This was supposed to be Lyon but it will be finally Saint-Christo-en-Jarez, in the Loire, which was to be the place of arrival of the second stage. The second and third steps are removed. The course in the Alps is held before a final finish in Megeve, in the Haute-Savoie.