We have just completed the exciting edition number 100 of our Giro d’Italia: this year the tenacious Dumoulin wears the pink shirt. But it’s already time for the most important June race, the Critérium du Dauphiné, which paves the way for the great July event, the Tour de France.
The Dauphiné is an ancient French province that is roughly equivalent to the present departments of Isère, Drôme, Hautes-Alpes, including the high valley of Susa in Italy. The name borns in the XII century: the dolphin was in fact the heraldic coat of arms and was then transformed into a title, the Dauphin of Viennois: the lords and princes of this region whose main center was the Vienne city – these domains derived from the Ancient County of Albon – from Ghigo IV acquired this qualification and consequently defined the territory, namely Dauphiné.
In this land of history every year a bicycle race, which has become a crucial juncture, takes place on the scene between 4th and 11th June, marking the passage between two great cycling events, the Giro d’Italia and the Tour De France. It’s a pretty hard ride, featuring three stages fit for a flying finish.
The big ones who contend the title
There are so many big names that choose this event as a preparation for the Grande Boucle: there is the outgoing and winning champion of three editions Chris Froome, Richie Porte, his main opponent, Alberto Contador and his fellow countryman Alejandro Valverde, the French Warren Barguil and Romain Bardet, arrived second to the latest Tour de France.
But also the return of Fabio Aru, perfect for the fly, Esteban Chaves and his companion Simon Yates, Andrew Talansky, Daniel Martin, Louis Meintjes, Daniel Navarro, the young David Gaudu and many more.
De Gendt, Bouwman and Démare are the best champions in the first stages: we will see who will win this prestigious race.
Towards the Tour de France
On July 1st, however, the 104th edition of the Tour de France starts with a 1 3km individual stopwatch on the streets of Düsseldorf, and a first week characterized by various difficulties, and it will arrive on July 23rd in Paris. But we will talk about this in the coming weeks!
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