Volta a Catalunya 2016 Route stage 3: Girona – La Molina (Alp)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – At 172.1 kilometres, stage 3 in the 2016 Volta a Catalunya leads from Girona to La Molina. The 5.6 kilometres closing climb at 5.6% is on the menu twice, while underway the Coubet and the mega-long Toses are to be crested.
In last edition of the Volta a Catalunya Girona was both departure and arrival place in stage 3. Domenico Pozzovivo outsmarted a super front group featuring Contador, Porte, Aru, Uran, Talansky and Martin (Daniel). The Italian pocket climber escaped and soloed to victory in the last kilometres.
In stage 3 of the 2016 edition the riders head for La Molina, a ski resort in the Pyrenees which is becoming a regular host of the Volta a Catalunya in recent years. In 2014, Joaquim Rodriguez bested Alberto Contador by 5 seconds (eventually winning the GC with a 4 seconds lead over El Pistolero), while last edition saw Tejay van Garderen solo to an amazing victory.
En route to La Molina the first obstacle looms with around 60 kilometres done. Alt de Coubet is a 9.7 kilometres climb with a maximum grade at 10%. The average gradient is 5.5%.
Following a fast descent, the riders are welcomed by a long two-stage ascent up Alt de Toses. Peaking at an elevation of over 1,800 metres, this is a many-faceted climb. The first 7 kilometres come with 3% to 4% grades. Then a 4 kilometres section is flat to descending before the grades pick up a bit to 4 à 5%. Still nothing to worry about. It’s only in the last 4 kilometres the mountain shows its teeth with an average grade at 9% all the way up to the top. The closing kilometre is toughest at 10.1%, while the steepest stretches are 14%.
The finale of stage 3 in the 2016 Volta a Catalunya is a double climb up to La Molina, so that means twice the 5.6 kilometres climb at an average grade of 5.8%, while the steepest section credits 9%.
Race results/race report stage 3, Volta a Catalunya 2016.
Volta a Catalunya 2016 stage 3: Route maps, height profiles, etc.
Click on the images to zoom
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles Favourites - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Overview - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Tsatevich bests Roglic in sprint-a-deux, Quintana GC-winner - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Davide Cimolai powers to victory, Quintana still leads GC - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Wout Poels soloes to impressive victory, Quintana retains lead - Volta a Catalunya 2016 De Gendt wins Queen Stage, Quintana new leader - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Back-to-back win Nacer Bouhanni in stage 2 - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Powerful sprint victory Bouhanni in stage 1 - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Route stage 1: Calella – Calella - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Route stage 2: Mataró – Olot - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Route stage 4: Bagà – Port Ainé - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Route stage 5: Rialp – Valls - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Route stage 6: Sant Joan Despí - Vilanova i la Geltrú - Volta a Catalunya 2016 Route stage 7: Barcelona - Barcelona - Volta a Catalunya 2016 More articles
Vuelta 2019: Jakobsen wins in Madrid, Roglic seals GC victory
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2019: Van Avermaet wins in thriller finale
Vuelta 2019 Route stage 21: Fuenlabrada - Madrid
Vuelta 2019: Withdrawals
Vuelta a España: Winners and records
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2019: The Route
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2019: Riders
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal: Winners and records
World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire: Route - TTT Mixed Relay
World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire: Riders ITT – women
World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire: Route ITT - men
World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire: Riders ITT – men
World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire: Route road race - women
World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire: Riders road race - women
World Cycling Championships: Winners and records
History of the Tour of Lombardy
Tour of Lombardy: Winners and records
Vuelta 2019: Riders
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!