Volta a Catalunya 2013 – Introduction

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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.