A stage that can hurt
La Rosière, 9th June, 6th stage – “A stage that can hurt”. Franco Pellizotti comments like this today’s stage, which in practice is the copy of the 11th stage of the next Tour de France, on July 18th.
“It’s a short stage – continues the Italian rider – which immediately becomes tough with long climbs and descents where you have to be very careful. In July also it will be hot and this will affect the race even more. We went slow but it was only a test forus, at the Tour will be another music “.
Sport director Gorazd Štangelj confirms: “It will be a very hard stage from start to finish. I didn’t know the Col du Pré (12.6km at 7.6%) which is really an important climb. I think that like today, even in the Tour many teams will send some riders forward and then help the captains on the last ascent. The first kilometers are not difficult, but the central part it’s very challenging with gradients that always go from 8 to 10%. The last 4km are less harsh”.
At La Rosière, the Spaniard Pello Bilbao won in front of the British Geraint Thomas, thus confirmed as the race leader of this Dauphiné.
Tomorrow, 7th and last stage from Moütiers to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc of 136km. There will be no lack of mountains to climb, four of which are first category and two longer than 15km. The final climb is 7km long with an average gradient of 7.7%. It will be a new show.
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