Alto de Montjuïc is a 2 kilometres climb at 5.7% with a steepest slope of 8%. A 1 kilometre drop takes the riders to a 700 metres climb at 6% before the final run of 2.3 kilometres drops further down to the (passage on the) finish line.
For starters, the riders leave the city to head north. They tackle a 7.4 kilometres climb at 3% and at the top the route turns south. Via the suburb Sant Andreu de la Barca it goes to the second climb of the day, which is 3.7 kilometres at 4.1%. But frankly, it all comes down to the Montjuïc-circuit. At kilometre 100 the Volta a Catalunya comes home for six runs on the 6.6 kilometres lap.
In two out of three last editions Alejandro Valverde outsprinted a select group on the line, while Alexey Tsatevich bested Primoz Roglic in 2016 in a two-up sprint.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints (at kilometre 70.6 and at kilometre 88.5) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Read also: results/race report 7th stage 2018 Volta a Catalunya.
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