The Volta finalizes the preparation of the centenary edition

The centenary edition of the Volta, which will start March 22 from Calella, will propose a demanding race with more than a thousand kilometers.

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The centenary edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, which will start on March 22 from Calella, finalizes its preparations in a demanding race with more than a thousand kilometers distributed in seven stages. After the race had to be postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this edition will keep the route in a special edition, thanks to the complicity shown by the municipalities when reaffirming their commitments.In this way, it was only necessary to make variations in some sections, while maintaining the objective of presenting a Volta with many incentives on each day, such as recovering an individual time trial, fourteen years later. There will also be two high arrivals and spaces conducive to escapes or sprint arrivals.

The 100th edition will also pay tribute to six runners who have made their mark in the history of the race. In addition to the usual prizes, at the end of each stage - except for the time trial - a commemorative trophy will be awarded to the runner who has won the special bonus sprint located at km 100 and who will bear the name of one of these six iconic cyclists. : Sebastià Masdeu, Mariano Cañardo, Miquel Poblet, Joaquín Galera, Miguel Indurain and Alejandro Valverde.

For the ninth consecutive edition, the Volta kicks off in Calella, the site of a first mid-mountain stage that invites getaways, arriving in Calella after overcoming the top-class height of Santa Fe del Montseny and the Collsacreu.

The second stage will be the time trial that, starting and ending in Banyoles, will run through Pla de l'Estany. It is a short time (18.5 km) and without mountainous difficulties. At 203 km, the third stage will be the longest of the 100th edition of the test and presents as its climax the last 12 km of ascent to the special category Vallter 2000 station. For the first time, the Canal Olímpic de Catalunya will receive an exit from the Volta and on the way to Vallter there will be intermediate sprints in Sant Fruitós de Bages and Perafita.

The high mountain defines the fourth stage of the Volta, which will start in Ripoll and for the second day in a row it will end up high. It will be at the Port Ainé station, but this will not be the only special category port present on the day. Before, runners must first pass the Coll de Toses (1st category) and the port of Cantó (special) .

The fifth stage will link La Pobla de Segur and Manresa. It will have a very special setting in the final section of the route: the mountain of Montserrat (1st category). After a first step through the finish line of Manresa, the race will go up to the emblematic monastery to return to the capital of Bages.

The sixth stage also includes an emblematic space on the route: the Catalunya circuit. The peloton will start from the area of l'Anella Mediterrània in Tarragona on a route without great mountain difficulties and that will have intermediate sprints in Sant Jaume dels Domenys and on the asphalt of the circuit's straight. An ideal space to see the sprinters in action, as is the straight just before entering the finish line in Mataró.

The mountain of Montjuïc will once again be the protagonist of the last stage of the Volta. The peloton will first roll around the Catalan capital, doing an intermediate sprint in Molins de Rei and climbing the Coll de la Creu d'Ordal before re-entering the city and tackling six climbs to Montjuïc.

The Volta will once again bring together the best international cyclists, attracted by a versatile and perfect route to measure their fitness before taking on other important events on the UCI World Tour calendar. In addition, the race will comply with strict protocols and sanitary measures within the context of a pandemic to guarantee the safety of the runners and all the organization's personnel.

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