Preview: Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 – Stage 8

Seven climbs on a 113 km long stage. 

But with no hilltop finish. After the top of the last climb, the  Montée de Champéry (5,5 km à 4,2%) there is 1 km to go. Anyway, it’s a firework finale for the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Seeing realistic there are only seven riders who can win the race:

1 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 27:36:40
2 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton – Scott 0:00:08
3 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First 0:00:20
4 Emanuel Buchmann (GER) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:00:21
5 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos 0:00:28
6 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida 0:00:32
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:33

Jakob Fuglsang has the best options, Astana made yesterday a very good job and can repeat it today. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) are stong and experienced riders either. My first pick is definitelly Pinot for today.

Also Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe) and Woult Poels (Ineos) have the form for a very good results. But I’m a bit sceptic, where Tejay Van Garderen (EF) and Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida ) will land in the final general classification.

The stage victory will be decided most likely between the GC-riders, but if not, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is always a good option for a succesfull solo attack on the last climb.

The GC before the stage:

Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 – General Classification after Stage 7


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