Volta a Catalunya 2017 Route stage 3: Mataró - La Molina

Volta a Catalunya 2017 stage 3Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - At 181 kilometers, stage 3 in the Volta a Catalunya travels from Mataró to La Molina. The route takes in three ascents with two times the climb up to the ski-resort in the Pyrenees. The last 5.6 kilometres are averaging 5.8%, while the steepest ramp is 9%.

Departure place Mataró is located in the foothills of the Pyenees. In last two editions of the Volta a Catalunya a stage left here for Olot. Now it’s a different story with a route leading to the high moutains.

The riders face the Puerto de Toses as a mid-way climb. Peaking at an elevation of over 1,800 metres, this is a many-faceted climb. The inclination in the first 7 kilometres is around 3% to 4% before flat to descending section leads to 4 à 5% gradients. Looks gently enough, right? No! In the 4 kilometres before the top the Toses starts to show its sharp teeth with average slopes of 9%, while the last kilometre is a 10.1% toil with a steepest ramp of 14%.

The closing circuit in La Molina is familiar from recent editions. The last 30 kilometres take in a double ascent up to the ski resort in the Pyrenees. The 5.6 kilometres climb is averaging 5.8%, while the steepest ramps account for 9%.

Recent winners in La Molina are Joaquim Rodriguez (2014), Tejay van Garderen (2015), and Dan Martin (2016).

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