Reus hosted the Volta a Catalunya as far back as 1923 and the race visited the Catalan coastal town 28 times. Yet in 2017 it has been 54 years and the two finally reunite. Legendary riders such as Miquel Poblet – record holder with 33 stage win – and Mariano Cañardo – five time overall winner in Catalunya – powered to victory in Reus.
Departure place Tortosa lies at sea level in the Ebro Valley. Following a flat opening of 10 kilometres the rider tackle Alt de Bot. On rolling roads the road continues for around 50 kilometer at an elevation of nearly 500 metres.
Halfway the route is back at sea level before the second half takes in more climbs. Alt de Falset is crested at kilometre 120 after a 3 kilometres climb at 5%, while the steepest sections are 12%. Next in line is the Coll de Porrera, which is a 3.7 kilometres climb at 5% with a maximum inclination of 11%. The top is crested at kilometre 134.
At 11.6 kilometres, the Alt de Musara is the longest climb of the day. The average gradient is 5%, while the steepest ramps are 11%. On rolling roads the route continues for around 15 kilometres before a flying 20 kilometres descent leads to arrival place Reus. The last kilometres are a false flat.
Two intermedate sprints (at kilometre 75 and at kilometre 95.9) come with time bonuses of 3, 2 and 1 seconds each. The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Volta a Catalunya 2017 stage 4: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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