The Volta a Valencia is presented with a chrono, a queen stage with 15 climbs and many stars

The test, scheduled for February 3 to 7, revealed its route. After the cancellations of Australia, San Juan and Mallorca, it is the first big stage event of 2021.


The Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell 2021 will celebrate its 72nd edition from February 3 to 7 and it will be the first major event on the international calendar, with the news regarding last year of the recovery of an individual time trial and the celebration of a Queen stage in the style of the great Belgian classics.

The suspension of the Australian races in January, as well as the Tour of Colombia and the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina or the postponement of the Challenge de Mallorca have left the Valencian race, which was presented this Thursday as the start of the season international.

In the absence of official confirmation, he can count to find a successor to the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, current winner of the Volta; with runners such as Egan Bernal, Simon Yates, Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas or Greg Van Averamaet, in the absence of official confirmation.

At the event held in Valencia, the route of the test was announced, although the organization has only announced the starting and finishing locations, and will not announce the towns through which each stage passes. This measure aims to prevent the public from crowding to the sides of the roads, in an edition marked by the covid-19 pandemic.

The start of the Valencian round will take place on February 3 from the Palmeral de Elche and the finish line will be in Ondara after traveling a total of 166 kilometers in a mid-mountain day with four ports concentrated in the last part. The second stage starts and ends in the city of Alicante, with a route of 184 kilometers. It will be a route with a single port, although this is far from the goal.

The queen stage passes in this edition from Saturday to Friday and will travel 160 kilometers through the province of Valencia. The start will be in Torrent and the arrival in Alto de la Reina, in Dos Aguas, although it will not be the usual queen stage with big climbs and leg-breaking passes. The organization has sought this time a similarity with the great Belgian classics, with fifteen climbs to equally demanding levels, but less elevated.

The fourth stage will be a flat individual time trial of twenty-one kilometers in the province of Castellón, starting in Xilxes and finishing in Almenara beach, in which the winner of the Volta will be decided. The race will close its edition in the province of Valencia. Starting in Paterna and finishing in Valencia, this last stage will have the usual 95-kilometer route of other editions with a flat and short route favorable for sprinters.

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