It’s the fifth consecutive time that Mataró serves as the start to a Volta a Catalunya stage. In 2015 and 2016, the riders left for Olot and in 2017 for La Molina in the high mountains. Last year, the race started off in Mataró and traveled to a sprint finish in Valls with Alejandro Valverde taking the honours.
The 2nd stage of the 2019 Volta a Catalunya goes to Sant Feliu de Guíxols, an old port town with inviting sandy beaches on the Costa Brava. It has been 25 years since the race last visited Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Yet, the town and race go way back. The penultimate stage of the 1926 Volta a Catalunya arrived in the coastal town with Victor Fontan taking the win. The Frenchman pocketed the overall victory the next day in Barcelona.
Back to 2019. Sant Feliu de Guíxols will not see any pre-decisive moves this year. Following a race with three 3rd category KOM climbs the finale is tailor-made for fast finishers, although the finish is trying.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 second, while two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 144 and at kilometre 172) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
Another interesting read: results/race report 2nd stage 2019 Volta a Catalunya.
Volta a Catalunya 2019 stage 2: route, profile, more
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