Volta a Catalunya 2015 Route stage 2: Mataró – Olot
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - The riders cover 191.8 kilometres in stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya, leading from the coastal town Mataró to Olot, set in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Lots of climbing but no top-finish. Yet.
After the coastal spin Mataró-Sant Andreu de Llavaneres-Mataró the riders turn inland and head for Alt de Can Bordoi, a 2.8 kilometres climb at 5.3% crested with 26.5 kilometres done.
Following the Autopista del Mediteranni the route continues in the direction Girona, but before getting there the riders turn left towards Olot for a modest albeit steady gradient to an elevation of 240 metres. After a short descent the gradient continues and just before Olot the riders reach the highest point of the stage (667 metres). However, no KOM points are to de gained here.
After passing through Olot for the first time a 84 kilometres round awaits the riders with hardly any flat metre in sight. At the end of the stage the Alt de Montagut is a 2.1 kilometres climb at 4.5% with a steepest section of 7%. This peak may be categorised, but the climbing surely is not over yet. The (uncategorized) 4.8 kilometres closing climb at 4.2% is done with 6 kilometres left.
Olot in the Volta a Catalunya
As long ago as 1995 Olot saw the last arrival of the Volta a Catalunya. It was Laurent Jalabert taking both the stage-win and the overall in the closing stage of that edition. In two days the riders will pass through the town again when heading for La Molina in the Queen Stage.
Olot is set in the foothills of the Pyrenees, around 50 kilometres north of Girona. At an elevation of 443 metres the town lies amidst the beautiful Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. So volcanoes are all around, the highest is the Croscat, with the top at an elevation of 786 metres.
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