Volta a Catalunya 2015 Route stage 5: Alp - Valls
Friday, March 27, 2015 – Leading from Alp to Valls, stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya is a descending party in 195.4 kilometres, finishing 1,000 metres lower than the start. Yes, a big drop, still the finale offers a 2nd category climb (Slideshow route/profile)
Alp is located at an elevation of 1,158 metres in the Catalan Pyrenees. Yesterday’s arrival-place La Molina is part of the municipality. Last year, a tough mountain stage left from Alp to head for Vallter 2000-Setcases. Tejay van Garderen took the win, besting Romain Bardet and Alberto Contador, while Joaquim Rodriguez finished fourth, perpetuating his overall lead ultimately resulting in the overall win.
Were the riders to climb when they left Valls last year, this time it is the other way around. Stage 5 is mainly going down, especially in the first half. The second part of the race offers some climbs without categorization and then looms Alt de Lilla with 15 kilometres left. The climb is 4.1 kilometres at 4.8% with a steepest section at 7%.
In recent years, Valls welcomed the Volta a Catalunya on a regular basis. 2013 saw Simon Gerrans win a hilly stage, while Luka Mezgec took a bunch sprint last year.
Valls lies amidst the mountains at an elevation of 215 metres.
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