Dan Martin leads Quick-Step Floors Team at Critérium du Dauphiné

Ireland’s Dan Martin leads the Quick-Step Floors Team at the Critérium du Dauphiné, as the 23rd World Tour event of the season got underway on Sunday.

 

Critérium du Dauphiné, which this year runs its 69th edition, saw the peloton take on a tough and unpredictable hilly circuit in Saint-Étienne on day one. Belgian Thomas De Gendt taking the overall race lead as well as the King of the Mountains jersey, with Dan Martin crossing the line in 21st position, 1 minute and 9 seconds behind the stage winner.

 

Before the week-end, the sprinters and attackers should cut the lion’s share, but the GC men too will have an opportunity to shake up things in the standings, thanks to a rolling 23.5km-long individual time trial between La Tour-du-Pin and Bourgoin-Jalieu.

 

The final three days of the race will bring as many chances for the climbers, with a mouth-watering menu which includes Mont du Chat, Col de Sarenne, the legendary Alpe d’Huez (which this year will be approached from a different side), Col de la Colombière and Plateau de Solaison, where the closing battle for the yellow jersey will unfold

Last year, Dan Martin made history at the Critérium du Dauphiné by becoming the first Irishman to finish on the podium. The 30-year-old – a key protagonist of the Ardennes Classics earlier this season – will once again lead Quick-Step Floors at the French World Tour race, where he’ll be joined by Eros Capecchi, Tim Declercq, neo-pro Enric Mas – one of the best young riders of the Tour of California – Maximiliano Richeze, Petr Vakoc, Martin Velits and Julien Vermote

“If you look over the course, it’s pretty obvious we have the same ingredients as in the past: some hard stages in the opening portion of the week, then a challenging time trial, which even though isn’t long will lay down the ground for attacks in the mountains. I don’t think there will be a moment of respite in the race, so we have to stay attentive all the time. Our team is built around Dan, whom we’ll protect and help get another strong and morale-boosting result ahead of next month’s Tour de France”, said Quick-Step Floors sport director Brian Holm.

Remaining Stages

 

05.06.17

Stage 2

Saint-Chamond – Arlanc

171.0 km

06.06.17

Stage 3

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon – Tullins

184.0 km

07.06.17

Stage 4

La Tour-du-Pin – Bourgoin-Jallieu

23.5 km (ITT)

08.06.17

Stage 5

La Tour-de-Salvagny – Mâcon

175.5 km

09.06.17

Stage 6

Parc des Oiseaux – Villars-les-Dombes – La Motte-Servolex

145.5 km

10.06.17

Stage 7

Aoste – Alpe d’Huez

167.5 km

11.06.17

Stage 8

Albertville – Plateau de Solaison

115.0 km

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