Volta a Catalunya, held between 18 and 24 March, will be broadcasted live from Eurosport every day starting from 15:30 CET. Esport3, TDP and ETB are the Catalan/Spanish/Basque broadcasters of the race from Spain. There will also be delayed broadcasts from Universal Sports in the United States.
For live streaming options, check out the below links though some may be geo-location restricted;
ETB, Esport 3, TDP, Eurosport (Unofficial)
Also check Stage 4 Preview.
Four jerseys are awarded in Volta a Catalunya. There is no young rider’s classification but instead there is a jersey of the Catalonia National Cycling Team awarded to the best placed Catalan. General classification jersey is white and green striped whereas points jersey is white and mountains jersey is red.
In addition to the 19 pro tour teams, the three wildcard entries; Caja Rural from Spain, Cofidis and Sojasun from France make up this year’s Volta a Catalunya.
Last year’s winner Michael Albasini will be absent but some big GC names including Bradley Wiggins, Joaquim Rodriguez, Alejandro Valverde, Robert Gesink, Ryder Hesjedal, Michele Scarponi, Chris Horner and Thomas de Gendt are attending this year. We have seen both Rodriguez and Horner were in very good shape during Tirreno-Adriatico, whereas Scarponi was still building up his form. Elsewhere in Paris-Nice we saw Gesink struggling and abandoning in stage 6, same also true for de Gent.
Last time we saw Wiggins was in Tour of Oman in early February, where he was barely keeping up with the peloton. He was in Tenerife training till then, so his recent form is a big unknown at the moment, which is also true for last year’s surprise Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal who will be riding for the first time in a stage race this year.
The startlist of the 93th edition:
This year’s Volta a Catalunya will be held between March 18 and 24 and has a bumpy course as usual. As it is now positioned just after Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, Volta a Catalunya became a perfect preparation race for non-classists in mid March.
The Catalonian geography shows no mercy for the weak. Over the course of 1.175 km, 26 categorized climbs await the riders with numerous bumps on the road that may very well receive a category elsewhere. There is not one queen stage in this race but instead two of them line up one after the other. The 3rd and 4th stages of the race, both mountaintop finishes around 2000 m altitudes will offer great cycling if the weather permits it.
After routing most of Catalunya in counter-clock-wise fashion, the race finishes in Barcelona with 8 laps on a finishing circuit with the legendary Montjuic climb.
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya ranks second behind Vuelta Espana in popularity but its history predates the latter. It is the fourth-oldest stage race in cycling history, only after Tour de France, Tour of Belgium and Giro d’Italia. The race was first organized by the Barcelona club in 1911, and this year’s edition will be its 93th.
Past winners include Mariano Canardo (7), Miguel Indurain (3), Sean Kelly (2), Emilio Rodriguez (2). Most recently, Alejandro Valverde, Joaquim Rodriguez, Michele Scarponi and Michael Albasini each clinched a title.