The Dauphiné was a race of two halves. The first four days of racing featured a prologue and a team time trial alongside two days for the fast finishers. The second half? Four summit finishes. Three days under 130 kilometers.
As Lawson Craddock said: “The shorter stages mean more intense racing all around. There’s not much time to catch your breath, which adds another element of difficulty. They can be quite nice, but a lot of that depends on if you’re on the giving or receiving end.”
Alex Howes weighed in with this gem:
Do you mean cobra chicken? https://t.co/X55vRewsxa
— AJ Brandt (@ajbrandt21) June 10, 2018
I work with a guy from Mexico who doesn't speak a lot of English. A Canadian goose made a nest by one of the paddock gates and hissed at him while he was putting horses out. He comes back to us after and says, "I do not like the cobra chicken."
— what the heq (@bibliophileq) June 9, 2018
The Grubers were on the Dauphiné for the final three stages, and this gallery captures the brutal and the beauty.