Will the Tour de Suisse and Route d'Occitanie provide a glimpse of the Tour de France to come?
Joseph Delves 8 Jun 2018 With many riders missing the Critérium du Dauphiné you’ll have to look elsewhere to gauge the form of the big Tour contenders Traditionally the Critérium du Dauphiné provided a condensed version of the later Tour de France . Taking place in France, a month before the bigger event, this eight-day stage-race features a prologue, mountaintop finishes, and both individual and team time-trials. The leader even wears yellow. The standard warm-up for the Tour it’s seen many battles foreshadowed in miniature, with Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins both having repeatedly used wins in the race as a springboard to go on and clinch the Tour. Except that this year many riders have chosen to skip the race. Partly the week of extra rest between the Giro and Tour has thrown things out of whack. Also, the fact that both Tom Dumoulin and Froome are on ...
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