Recent editions of the Volta a Catalunya were closed with a local circuit in Barcelona featuring Alto de Montjuic. This meant eight times a 2 kilometres climb at 5.7%, with a steepest section at 8% right under the top. This year it will be no different. Just like last years, the finish line is at the end of a 3.9 kilometres drop.
The first part of the race is different, however. After leaving Barcelona the riders head for the Ullastrell, crested after almost 30 kilometres, and the Corbera, crested after slightly over 40 kilometres. Both are doable and short hills with grades of 4 to 5%. Then a flat section of tens of kilometres takes the riders to the closing circuit featuring the Montjuic.
Two years ago Lieuwe Westra soloed to victory in Barcelona, while last year it was Alejandro Valverde outsprinting a small peloton.
At the line, time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting for the first three riders.
Race results/race report 7th stage, 2016 Volta a Catalunya.
Volta a Catalunya 2016 stage 7: Route maps, height profiles, etc.
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