The 98th edition of the Volta a Catalunya leaves on Monday, the 19th of March, to finish on Sunday the 25th of March 2018. Usually the route takes in a mix of summit finishes, hilly stages, and an occasional chance for the sprinters. After the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, the Volta a Catalunya is the oldest race on the cycling calendar with the inaugural edition held in 1911. (Slideshow route/profile)
In 2017, Alejandro Valverde was in a class of his own. He won three stages and the overall. On the podium, he was flanked by his compatriots Alberto Contador (second) and Marc Soler (third).
The route of the 2018 edition is yet to be revealed, but the Grande Salida of the 2020 Volta a Catalunya has already been arranged. The centenary edition sets off in Alghero in northwestern Sardinia, Italy. At the end of the Middle Ages it used to be part of Catalonia and the Catalan influences are still all around. For instance, the Catalan language is co-official and street names appear in Catalan as well as Italian.
The Volta a Catalunya visited Alghero before in 1986. Back then, the town hosted a 29.9 kilometres ITT and Sean Kelly powered to victory, which ultimately led him to win that edition. The centenary edition will also bring an ITT to Alghero.
In 2017, Alghero hosted the Grande Partenza of the 100th Giro d’Italia. The stage led to Olbia and was – quite surprisingly, as everyone expected a bunch sprint – won by Lukas Pöstlberger.
Volta a Catalunya 2018: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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