Movistar will go to the Volta with Valverde, Mas and Soler

The organization of the race announced that the telephone team will come with three of their first swords to the Catalan round, which will be held from March 22 to 28


Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas and Marc Soler will compose the luxury trident of Movistar in the 100th edition of the Volta a Catalunya that will be held from March 22 to 28.

A bet that reflects the desire of the structure led by Eusebio Unzué to fight for the general of the race despite the absence of Miguel Ángel López, the last winner of the Volta, who continues his tuning after being forced to delay his preseason for Covid.

The presence of Alejandro Valverde has a very special component for the Volta taking into account that the Murcian is, with 9 stage victories and three absolute victories (2009, 2017 and 2018), one of the most successful riders in the race.

In fact, one of the tribute sprints has been dedicated to him that, in commemoration of the 100th edition, have been set at the 100 km of each stage. Furthermore, at the age of 40, he plans to end his brilliant sporting career this year, with the main objective of fighting for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

As for Marc Soler, the runner from Vilanova i la Geltrú has deservedly won gallons within the Movistar structure after proving his quality with triumphs such as the one achieved in the second stage of the last Vuelta.

His record also includes a Tour del Porvenir (2015) and the Paris-Nice 2018. The previous year, Soler already climbed to the podium of the Volta, as third classified and best Catalan rider in the race.

Enric Mas also commands the new generation of Movistar riders, with outstanding results such as fifth place overall achieved in the last Tour de France. The same position he signed weeks later in the Vuelta, where two years ago (2018) he was second.

With the presence of Valverde, Soler and Mas, the list of candidates to wear the white jersey with green stripes of the Volta leader increases as the teams define the list of participants.

Richard Carapaz (INEOS), winner of the Giro d'Italia in 2019 and second in the Vuelta 2020, as well as Chris Froome, winner of four Tour de France, have also included the Volta in their calendar for 2021.

For the 100th edition, the Volta has configured a very attractive and demanding route since its inception in Calella, with medium and high mountain stages, two high finishes, a time trial and sections suitable for motorists.

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