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Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) wins Stage 6.
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2019 Volta a Catalunya Stage 7 Profile

 

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- Videos:  Volta a Catalunya Videos.

- Official site updates LIVE here.  Cyclingnews ticker LIVE here.

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- Results: Matthews wins stage 6 in Vila-Seca.  (Cyclingnews) - Bauhaus is second in photo finish.

- This page will be updated throughout the race.


- Start List here.

- Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) won Stage 6.  Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) retained the overall race lead.

- 2019 Volta a Catalunya Stage Previews, Towns, Timetables, Profiles:

Stage details Stage profiles
Stage 1: Monday, March 25
Calella/Calella (164 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 2: Tuesday, March 26
Mataró/Sant Feliu de Guíxols (179.6 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 
Stage 3: Wednesday, March 27
Sant Feliu de Guíxols/Vallter 2000 Setcases (179 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 
Stage 4: Thursday, March 28
Llanars (Vall de Camprodon)/La Molina (150.3 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 
Stage 5: Friday, March 29
Puigcerdà/Sant Cugat del Vallès (188.1 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 
Stage 6: Saturday, March 30
Valls/Vila-seca (169.1 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 
Stage 7: Sunday, March 31
Barcelona/Barcelona (143.1 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 

 

- 2019 race route details here.

- Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 6: "The plan was to go for Jay, but he hadn’t the best legs today, therefore we went for Davide in the final kilometres. He was so strong in the last kilometres; his attack was really impressive. Unfortunately, the peloton was fast and caught him at the Flamme rouge. I was in a good position after the last roundabouts, so I took my chance and came in ninth. With this result I also secured my spot in the GC as well."

- Jens Zemke, Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director: "We pushed our team pretty hard for this race and the boys delivered well. Today’s goal was to protect Rafal for the top 10 in the GC and to give Jay the possibility in a sprint. Davide used a moment to attack with 5km to go and was only caught 500m before the finish. We played all or nothing, but we were close to achieve the next surprise."

- Official site updates LIVE here.  Cyclingnews ticker LIVE here.

- Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) had to abandon the race following a crash during Stage 5.  Team Sunweb doctor Anko Boelens: "An x-ray has revealed Wilco has broken his left collarbone and suffered a neck vertebrae fracture in the fall. Our first impression is that the fracture is stable. He will most likely need surgery for the collarbone when returning back to the Netherlands. Once we've completed more checks, we will be able to give an update on the estimated recovery time in the coming days."

- Results: Schachmann wins stage 5.  (Cyclingnews) - Lopez keeps race lead as Bora-Hansgrohe rider foils sprinters.

- Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after his Stage 5 victory: "I knew, I am in a really good shape, therefore I wanted to achieve another stage victory at the Volta a Catalunya. After a second and fourth place, I knew I had to try it again, because there are not so many stages left. As the group attacked I joined them and with 20k to go, I thought, that we’ll have a good chance to make it to the finish. On the descent I attacked and just pulled to give it everything. I am so happy with the outcome and that I collected the points to now lead the points classification."

- Christian Pömer (directeur sportif, Bora-Hansgrohe): "We went into this year’s Volta a Catalunya with one goal, a stage win. And for this goal we worked consequently from stage 1. Yesterday we nearly got it, but today it worked out perfectly. Max did a great job, huge respect. He showed a pure masterpiece."

- Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Stage 5.  Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) remains overall leader.

- News: Nairo Quintana edged out of Catalunya podium for second straight day.  (Cyclingnews) - Movistar rider moves into fourth overall on La Molina.

- Results: Lopez wins on La Molina.  (Cyclingnews) - Astana rider takes race lead.

- Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) won Stage 4 and took over the race lead on G.C.

- Photos:  Volta a Catalunya Stage 3 Photos.

- Jens Zemke, Sports Director, Bora-Hansgrohe after Stage 4: "After yesterday’s stage, which was disappointed for us, the guys showed fighting spirit today. We went into the day’s big breakaway with Gregor and Max, both guys rode an offensive race and took control from the beginning. But the whole team did well today, and Gregor got rewarded with a strong second place. But also, Rafal rode with the best and finished 9th, moving up to 10thin the GC, which was our plan."

- Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe): "I am really happy with my result. I didn’t have the best legs to be honest but wanted to give it a try today. Max and I went into the breakaway, then I attacked to lead with Soler. It was not easy at all, and when Lopez bridge across, I knew I am not going to win because he was a lot fresher. But I gave it my all and was still able to secure second today. I think that was the maximum in the end."

- Results: Adam Yates wins stage 3.  (Cyclingnews) - De Gendt holds tenaciously to race lead.

- Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following his Stage 3 victory: "Last week I showed that I was in good condition, I came up short there and I really wanted to win today. On the climb Bernal and Quintana were really strong, when they attacked I held back a little bit just to pace my effort and slowly, slowly came back to them.  Then it was a bit of a game. Quintana didn’t really want to work and in the end it was a sprint with 200metres to go and I managed to finish it off.  Tomorrow we have another tough stage and another possibly for a stage win but we will see. So far so good, the team did a super job to look after me, so more of the same tomorrow hopefully."

- Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) after the queen stage: "It was a hard stage today. The final climb had an average gradient of 7,6 %. The team worked well to bring me in a good position, but as Team Sky increased the pace, the race fell apart and it was not easy to follow them. I finished inside the top 20 but it was a really tough fight today."

- Christian Pömer, Sports Director, Bora-Hansgrohe, after Stage 3: "We went confidently into today’s stage, after our two successful first days here. Our plan was to support our climbers to achieve a good stage result. Jay worked very well for his teammates until the bottom of the final climb, as well as Gregor. At the end of the day Rafał crossed the finish line in 17thplace, which isn’t really what we hoped for, but there are still some stages left at the Volta a Catalunya, and we will try our best to achieve some more good results."

- Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won Stage 3.  Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) retained the overall race lead.

- Photos:  Volta a Catalunya Stage 2 Photos.

- News: Chris Froome loses time after Volta a Catalunya crash.  (Cyclingnews) - Team Sky rider out of contention in overall classification.

- News: Matthews: I meant to come here and train a bit, but now we have a win.  (Cyclingnews) - Matthews continues dramatic comeback from crash with Volta a Catalunya win.

- Results: Matthews wins stage 2.  (Cyclingnews) - De Gendt holds overall lead, Froome loses time in late-race crash.

- Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) after his victory in Stage 2: "Coming into the final kilometres I was able to move up to the front on the downhill and flat before the climb to the finish. I positioned myself near Valverde as I thought he was the favourite for the day. I timed my sprint really well, starting with 150 metres to go and managed to hold everyone off. The team rode really well from the start, we were always in control of the race and never let it get out of hand and came out with the win. I’m happy to get the win for them."

- Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek: "We took control of the peloton from the beginning of the race and did a lot of work to keep the break in check. Once onto the harder parts of the course the guys worked hard to keep Michael in a good position, before helping set him up for the finale. Michael showed great determination by taking the sprint, it was a really impressive effort from him. The whole team rode really well today and it is great to get another win."

- Stage 2 Results - Top 10 finishers:

1    MICHAEL MATTHEWS     71    TEAM SUNWEB     04h 09' 34''
2    ALEJANDRO VALVERDE     1    MOVISTAR TEAM     04h 09' 34''
3    DARYL IMPEY     42    MITCHELTON SCOTT     04h 09' 34''
4    MAXIMILIAN SCHACHMANN  31 BORA - HANSGROHE  04h 09' 34''
5    ODD C. EIKING     244    WANTY - GOBERT      04h 09' 34''
6    JAMES KNOX     13    DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP  04h 09' 34''
7    PATRICK BEVIN     171    CCC TEAM     04h 09' 34''
8    ENRICO GASPAROTTO  161 TEAM DIMENSION DATA  04h 09' 34''
9    DAVIDE FORMOLO     32    BORA - HANSGROHE     04h 09' 34''
10  DANIEL MARTIN     101    UAE TEAM EMIRATES     04h 09' 34''

 

- Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) won Stage 2.  Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) remains overall leader.

- Photos:  Volta a Catalunya Photos.

- Grega Bole (Bahrain-Merida) following Stage 1: "It was a super hard stage, but I felt very well during all the race and also on the climbs. In the end I was still feeling really good and I managed to take the sprint for the third place. For sure if I had caught the breakaway, I could have had more chances to take a better result."

- Vladimir Miholjević (Bahrain-Merida directeur sportif): "It was a fast day signed by a breakaway from the beginning.  De Gendt was part of it and he managed to drop all the other riders. Our aim was to do the sprint with Bauhaus, but he suffered due to the climbs and our second option was Grega as we already decided yesterday. He did a great sprint. We can be happy with his third place. The team worked well and we will keep fighting on the next stages."

- Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following his second place finish on Stage 1: "When we caught the chasing group, the pace dropped, and I thought that I should give it a try. I just wanted to achieve the best possible result for our team and gain some seconds for the upcoming days. At the end of the day I finished second and lead the best young rider classification, therefore I am happy with my attack."

- Christian Pömer, Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director: "We saw a spectacular attack of T. De Gendt, and a winner, who deserved to survive in the front. I think, many thought he wouldn’t make it. Max showed, as one of our GC contenders, a strong performance and rode aggressively in the last kilometres. We are super happy with his second place. We knew, the breakaway would play a big role today, unfortunately, we had no guy in the break at the beginning, but in the end of the day Max and Gregor showed a really good performance."

- Stage 1 Results - Top 10 finishers:

1    THOMAS DE GENDT     133    LOTTO SOUDAL     04h 14' 32''
2    MAXIMILIAN SCHACHMANN  31  BORA - HANSGROHE 04h 17' 10''
3    GREGA BOLE     63    BAHRAIN - MERIDA     04h 17' 14''
4    MICHAEL MATTHEWS     71    TEAM SUNWEB     04h 17' 14''
5    MIKEL ARISTI     215    EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY  04h 17' 14''
6    ANDRÉ GREIPEL     231    TEAM ARKEA - SAMSIC     04h 17' 14''
7    DARYL IMPEY     42    MITCHELTON SCOTT     04h 17' 14''
8    EGAN A. BERNAL     22    TEAM SKY     04h 17' 14''
9    NICK VAN DER LIJKE     224    ROOMPOT - CHARLES  04h 17' 14''
10   PATRICK BEVIN     171    CCC TEAM     04h 17' 14''

 

- News: De Gendt clinches fourth Volta a Catalunya win.  (Cyclingnews) - Belgian wins opening stage, takes lead, points, mountains jerseys.

- Results: De Gendt solos to stage win.  (Cyclingnews) - Swashbuckling Belgian takes big race lead.

- Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) won Stage 1 and is first leader in the general classification.

- Preview: 2019 Volta a Catalunya – Preview.  (Cyclingnews) - Valverde and Froome headline star-studded field.

- Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) won't be able to race at Volta a Catalunya due to injury.  Said team doctor Jeroen Swart, "After the start of the season, Aru again encountered difficulties in getting up to that normal level that he and the team had hoped for.  Recently, Fabio developed more specific symptoms related to his left leg: he felt feelings of weakness in the limb after intense training and in race efforts.  In view of these symptoms, further medical tests have shown a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg. This relatively rare condition is found in professional cyclists given the position adopted on their bikes and can develop progressively over a period of several years."

- Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data) before the 2019 Volta a Catalunya: "I am looking forward to a good week here at Volta Catalunya. It’s been a while since my last race and I’m eager to see how the form is after a solid start to the season. It’s a very strong field here this year, but we have a good group of climbers here and I’m confident I’ll be in the mix in the “sprint” stages. The weather is also forecast to be pretty good, so fingers crossed it stays that way and we can have a successful week here in Spain."

- Ben O’Connor (Team Dimension Data): "It’s going to be a really hard week in terms of the parcours. Last year I surprised myself finishing 11th, so it’s a main aim now to try and be into the top 10. The group we have is super strong, with Ryan also our man for the few sprints. It’s one of the main goals going through into the Giro, so it would be great to come out of this with smiles, some results and boxes ticked!"

- Bahrain-Merida lineup for the 2019 Volta a Catalunya:

Damiano Caruso
Hermann Pernsteiner
Grega Bole
Andrea Garosio
Phil Bauhaus
Antonio Nibali
Valerio Agnoli

- Vladimir Miholjević (Bahrain-Merida sports director): "Hermann Pernsteiner and Damiano Caruso will be our overall contenders, but they will also seize the opportunity and take the risk to try to win a stage. There will be 4 stages that are supposed to end with a possible reduced bunch sprint, where Phil Bauhaus will be our man. We know that on Catalunya there are high possibilities for a breakaway to come to the finish, especially after two mountain stages, with uphill finishes at Vallter 2000 and La Molina ski resorts, that will be crucial for the general classification. We are approaching Volta Ciclistica a Catalunya with the aim to achieve the best possible result both in each stage and in the general classification. We will try to use every chance to bring home a result, using experience and tactical moves in the right moment."

- Joey Rosskopf (CCC Team) before the 2019 Volta a Catalunya: "Since moving to Girona a few years ago, competing in the Volta a Catalunya has been especially exciting for me. It’s one of the only times all year when I get to race on the same familiar roads where I regularly train. With the team we’re bringing to Catalunya, I think we will all have the chance to race aggressively and opportunistically.  I was feeling pretty good on the bike in Tirreno-Adriatico, so as long as my legs hold up and continue to recover from the past week, I look forward to taking any chance I can, to jump in a breakaway and animate the race."

- Patrick Bevin (CCC Team): "I feel like my form is good and I hope to target some of the sprinter friendlier stages. It’s never an easy feat at Catalunya, as the parcours is so hilly. It’s the first race of a three-tour series for me, so I’m really looking forward to what is a busy spring ahead."

- Simon Geschke (CCC Team) ahead of the race: "I’m really looking forward to come back to racing. It feels like a second start of the season for me, after having only one race day this year. I’m very happy that my recovery went well enough to make it back for Catalunya. I hope to be at a level which allows me to do good and valuable work for the team. I don’t expect to be in my top shape right away, but the training in the last three weeks went well and I’m definitely ready to race again. My goal is to take this race as an opportunity to get the race intensity into the legs and make the next step on my way to being at my best, at the Ardennes Classics."

- CCC Team roster for the 2019 Volta a Catalunya:

Patrick Bevin (NZL)
Josef Černý (CZE)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Łukasz Owsian (POL)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Laurens Ten Dam (NED)
Riccardo Zoidl (AUT)
Sports Directors: Jackson Stewart (USA), Piotr Wadecki (POL)

- Jackson Stewart (CCC Team directeur sportif): "It is another difficult Volta a Catalunya, noticeably with the Vallter 2000 mountain top finish and then, the next day, the short and difficult stage up to La Molina Alp. We have a strong roster of opportunists and we will look how each stage develops in our pursuit of a stage win. We will go in without any pressure for the General Classification and see where we end up."

- 2019 Volta a Catalunya stage schedule/times:

Stage 1 - Monday, March 25
Start at 12:55 CET, 7:55am ET
Finish at 17:01 CET, 12:01pm ET

Stage 2 - Tuesday, March 26
Start at 13:05 CET, 8:05am ET
Finish at 16:57 CET, 11:57am ET

Stage 3 - Wednesday, March 27
Start at 12:00 CET, 7:00am ET
Finish at 16:58 CET, 11:58am ET

Stage 4 - Thursday, March 28
Start at 12:50 CET, 7:50am ET
Finish at 17:00 CET, 12:00pm ET

Stage 5 - Friday, March 29
Start at 12:40 CET, 7:40am ET
Finish at 17:02 CET, 12:02pm ET

Stage 6 - Saturday, March 30
Start at 12:45 CET, 7:45am ET
Finish at 17:00 CET, 12:00pm ET

* Daylight saving time
Europe on Sunday, March 31th

Stage 7 - Sunday, March 31
Start at 10:55 CET, 4:55am ET
Finish at 14:14 CET, 8:14m ET

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- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the 2018 Volta a Catalunya, making it two overall victories in a row in this race.

- The 2019 Volta a Catalunya is being held March 25-31.

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Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins Stage 5.
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2019 Volta a Catalunya Stage 6 Profile

 


Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) wins Stage 4 and takes over the lead in the general classification.
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The day's early breakaway included 11 riders.
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Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins Stage 3 at Vallter 2000 Setcases.
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Erik Baska (BORA-hansgrohe), left, and several more riders crashed early during Volta a Catalunya Stage 2.
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Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) won Stage 2.
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Stage 2 winner Michael Matthews (Sunweb) celebrates with champagne on the podium.
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Part of an early 6-man breakaway, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) attacked his escape companions and went off solo from far out on Volta a Catalunya Stage 1.
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Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) wins Stage 1 by over two and a half minutes.
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Notes from the 2018 Volta a Catalunya

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- News: Schachmann wins shortened stage 6.  (Cyclingnews) - Breakaway succeeds in Vielha, Valverde stays in the lead.

- Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 6.  Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) retained the overall race lead.

- 2018 Volta a Catalunya Stage Previews, Towns, Timetables, Profiles:

Stage details Stage profiles
Stage 1: Monday, March 19
Calella/Calella (152.3 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 
Stage 2: Tuesday, March 20
Mataró/Valls (175.6 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 3: Wednesday, March 21
Sant Cugat del Valles/Vallter 2000-Setcases (199.2 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 
Stage 4: Thursday, March 22
Llanars/La Molina (Alp) (170.8 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 5: Friday, March 23
Llivia/Vielha val d'Aran (212.9 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
 
Stage 6: Saturday, March 24
Vielha val d'Aran/Torrefarrera (194.2 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.
Stage 7: Sunday, March 25
Barcelona/Barcelona (154.8 km)
Map, timetable, preview and more here.

 

- Max Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) had this to say following his stage 6 victory: "I am so happy, you can’t believe it! I have felt good for a long period, but today being able to take my first victory is amazing. I will always remember this day. I had good sensations from the morning, actually already since yesterday. I tried a few times yesterday, but it didn’t work out. Today it was different and worked out perfectly. I was ready from the morning, even opting for my aero bike despite that climb, because I wanted to be in the break to try and get a result."

- *Stage start time changed due to reduced route because of snow.

- News: Another Volta a Catalunya stage shortened due to snow.  (Cyclingnews) - Stage 6 reduced to 117 kilometres because of weather conditions.

- News: Valverde loses time to Bernal but keeps Volta a Catalunya lead.  (Cyclingnews) - Volta leader responds well to numerous attacks on final unclassified climb.

- News: Carthy puts on aggressive performance at Volta a Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - British climber on the attack on back-to-back Pyrenean stages.

- News: Pantano wins on Vielha.  (Cyclingnews) - Trek-Segafredo rider wins from break.

- Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) following his Stage 5 victory: "We knew that today would be the day for the breakaway to go until the end and we took the opportunity. I know Laengren, we were teammates at IAM Cycling, so we had a good understanding and worked together quite well. After having some problems after Paris-Nice and feeling a bit sick when I came here, I finally could grab a victory! I had a few rough days indeed, but that's cycling: you have good days and bad days."

- Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) won Stage 5.  Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remains overall leader.

- News: Bernal takes a major step forward in Volta a Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - Team Sky's new climber in second overall behind Valverde after La Molina.

- News: Adam Yates out with pelvis fracture following Volta a Catalunya crash.  (Cyclingnews) - Mitchelton-Scott rider off the bike for 10 days.

- News: Soler sacrifices own chance of success for Valverde in Volta a Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - Paris-Nice winner has no regrets after La Molina stage.

- News: Valverde primed for Volta a Catalunya victory.  (Cyclingnews) - Movistar rider repeats La Molina stage win.

- News: Valverde wins stage 4 in La Molina.  (Cyclingnews) - Movistar dominate in mountain top finish.

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) following his Stage 4 victory: "It was a really tough day, more importantly because of the cold temperatures. I suffered a lot at the late part of La Creueta and its descent. The move by Mitchelton on the Joy climb was a really good one, but didn't make us become nervous for two reasons: one, it was a very tough stage, and two, it was quite harder for a solo rider to reach the finish. That's why Chaves cracked near the final climb and couldn't continue his action. The team was phenomenal, all day - they kept the race always under control and stayed calm."

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won Stage 4 and moved back into the overall race lead.

- News: Volta a Catalunya riders praise decision to cancel Vallter 2000 climb.  (Cyclingnews) - Freezing temperatures hit even at revamped finish.

- News: Pinot finds unexpected strength at Volta a Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman forms part of late breakaway, moves into sixth overall.

- News: Quintana keeps breakaways under control for Valverde in Volta a Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - Colombian goes with threatening move en route to stage 3 finish.

- News: De Gendt sees hard work pay off with Volta a Catalunya stage win.  (Cyclingnews) - Belgian says chances of defending top spot overall very low.

- News: Adam Yates crashes heavily in Volta a Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - Briton has been taken to hospital for scans, did not complete stage 3.

- News: De Gendt wins shortened stage 3.  (Cyclingnews) - Lotto Soudal rider takes over race lead from Valverde.

- Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) won Stage 3 and took over the lead in the general classification.

- Jens Zemke, Bora-Hansgrohe sports director following Stage 3: "We thought, that the race will be back together after the last climb, but suddenly the four top-climbers built the chasing group, which catered for some excitement in the peloton. We had Gregor, Davide and Jay in the reduced bunch. They were able to close the gap to the chaser but it was too late. Tomorrow will be another day and therefore another chance."

- News: Key summit finish cancelled in Volta a Catalunya over possible avalanches.  (Cyclingnews) - New stage 3 avoids two first category climbs and final ascent to Vallter 2000.

- News: Stage win moves Valverde into pole position at Volta a Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard dedicates win to his son, Iban, and to Xavi Tondo.

- News: Valverde wins stage 2 in Valls.  (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard takes race lead.

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) following his Stage 2 victory: "We spent the whole day at the front of the bunch because of the strong winds, which could have caused some splits as we saw in previous years. After the break was caught, a window opened for us to go chase the bonus seconds, so we went for them. However, it wasn't on the team's plans to aim for the stage win, not at all. It was just that Scott got through the final climb at a really strong pace, and with the bunch strung out and many sprinters dropping, it was easier for us to seek for a good position into the main field - that was where we chose to go for the win."

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won Stage 2 and is new overall leader.

- News: Pinot slowly but surely moving towards top form.  (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman facing second race of season at Volta a Catalunya.

- News: Dan Martin: Volta a Catalunya GC will be a very tight battle.  (Cyclingnews) - UAE Team Emirates fielding Aru and Martin in GC battle.

- News: Hodeg takes two wins in three days for Quick-Step Floors.  (Cyclingnews) - 'The team gave me a really good opportunity here' sprinter says of stage 1 win in Catalunya.

- News: Hodeg wins opening stage in Calella.  (Cyclingnews) - Colombian plays off Quick-Step lead out perfectly to take stage 1 victory.

- Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) following his Stage 1 victory: "The entire team stayed with me and protected me today. On the descent, I was somewhere in the middle of the bunch, but Michael gave me a lot of confidence by telling me to stay calm and pacing me back to the front, where Bob showed an insane power in the last kilometers. Many teams wanted to be there, but thanks to these fantastic guys we were all the time in control, they made the difference today and I thank them for that."

- Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 1 and is first leader in the general classification.

- News: Nairo Quintana on good form for Volta a Catalunya but says Valverde is likely better.  (Cyclingnews) - Colombian champion starts as Movistar co-leader, but also ready to move into helper role.

- News: Van Garderen to lead BMC Racing for Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - News shorts.

- News: Woods building towards Ardennes Classics in Catalunya.  (Cyclingnews) - EF Education First-Drapac on 'home turf'.

- Preview: 2018 Volta a Catalunya Preview.  (Cyclingnews) - Huge number of contenders, but Movistar look the strongest.

- Update:  Volta a Catalunya was a last-minute scratch from the FuboTV schedule.  We do not have more info at this time.

- EF Education First-Drapac for Volta a Catalunya:

Mike Woods
Nate Brown
Hugh Carthy
Joe Dombrowski
Alex Howes
Pierre Rolland
Rigoberto Uran

- Mike Woods (EF Education First-Drapac): "Catalunya has the pace of a one-week race over terrain that you’d typically find in the final week of a grand tour.  In the third week of a grand tour the courses are often extremely challenging; however, by this time the top 10 or so riders have established themselves, and there is a bit more civility in the peloton -- guys are more focused on surviving as opposed to attacking.  There is no civility in Catalunya. It’s aggressive racing from the gun to tape."

- Quick-Step Floors team for Volta a Catalunya:

Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (COL)
Bob Jungels (LUX)
James Knox (GBR)
Enric Mas (ESP)
Michael Mørkøv (DEN)
Jhonnatan Narvaez (ECU)
Maximilian Schachmann (GER)

- Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors): "Tirreno-Adriatico went a bit differently than I had expected. I came there in a good shape but I got sick after a few days and just didn’t have the legs on the key stages, but finished off with a solid time trial, which was reassuring. Catalunya is a race I’ve never done before and one of the hardest on the calendar, but I’m really looking forward to it. We have a strong team and hopefully we’ll come out of the race with some nice results."

- Harald Morscher (Team Bahrain-Merida, directeur sportif): "I think we have a very strong line-up this year at Volta Ciclista A Catalunya and we have high expectations to make some good results. Giovanni Visconti will be our captain and just next to him is Matej Mohorič, who is in a good shape as we could’ve seen in Larciano and he is ready to ride strong too.  Niccoló Bonifazio is there for the sprints and we have great riders to satisfy all the TBM fans.  Enrico Gasparotto is in the preparation for his Classic goals, so for sure he is uprising his shape. Enrico already made great stage results at the past Catalunya races. Domen Novak had a nice performance on last Catalunya and will support our Leaders for GC especially at the mountain stages. Grega Bole will be our experienced man to guide his teammates during the week. Valerio Agnioli and his huge team experience is also a guarantee that we will perform with strong team that has big appetites at Catalunya."

- BMC Racing team roster for the 2018 Volta a Catalunya:

Patrick Bevin (NZL)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Nicolas Roche (IRL)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Tejay van Garderen (USA)
Loïc Vliegen (BEL)
Danilo Wyss (SUI)
BMC Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA)

- Valerio Piva (BMC D.S.): "We are going into the race with Tejay as our leader for the General Classification. He is feeling good following his crash at Paris-Nice and he is really motivated to start racing. He has won stages here on two occasions in the past and both of those finishes will feature in this year's race, so he knows it well."

- Volta a Catalunya TV broadcasters in 2018 include FuboTV, Esport3, Tdp, Eurosport, Eitb,...

- News: Volta a Catalunya to hold one-day women's race. (Cyclingnews) - Event to take place on Montjuïc ahead of final men's stage.

- Note that race organizers have announced that they will have a women's one-day race in 2018.

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the 2017 Volta a Catalunya.

- This page will be updated throughout the race.

- The 2018 Volta a Catalunya is being held March 19-25.

 

2018 Volta a Catalunya Stage 7 Profile

 

2018 Volta a Catalunya Stage 3 Profile (Update: This is the new Stage 3 profile as the route has changed due to fear of avalanches)

 


Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), seen here winning Stage 3, won the 2017 Volta a Catalunya.
photo Namuss Films/Volta a Catalunya

 

Nairo Quintana won the 2016 Volta a Catalunya.  (file photo)
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) photographed by Pete Geyer, www.cyclingfans.com
photo Copyright © 2013 Pete Geyer
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2018 Volta a Catalunya Stage Profiles (coming)

 

2018 Volta a Catalunya Photos (coming)


Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) wins Stage 3 ahead of Dan Martin.
photo Namuss Films/Volta a Catalunya


Movistar Team on their way to winning the Stage 2 Team Time Trial.  Note: BMC Racing have been awarded the Stage 2 TTT victory following a penalty assessed to Movistar.
photo Namuss Films/Volta a Catalunya