Volta a Catalunya 2019 Route stage 3: Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Vallter 2000 (Setcases)
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - The 3rd stage of the Volta a Catalunya is a mountain race from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to ski resort Vallter 2000. The ultimate climb amounts to 12 kilometres, while the average gradient is 7.3%.
Originally, Vallter was scheduled as a finish for the 2018 Volta a Catalunya, but due to harsh weather in the north of Spain the race was shortened at the eleventh hour in favour of a false flat arrival in Camprodon. Thomas De Gendt soloed to victory ahead of Simon Yates and Thibaut Pinot, while the Flemish solo-specialist also moved into the overall lead.
In all likelihood, the route will feature the same roads as originally planned in last year’s Vallter stage. If so, the route will run on rolling roads to the first ascent, Alt de Bracons: 10 kilometres at 5%. Up next is Alt de Oix, a 7.7 kilometres climb with an average gradient of 5.3% and it is fair to say that this is a biased statistic, as the road levels out before the summit.
The end of the descent coincides with the start of the penultimate climb, Alt de Rocabruna: 7.5 kilometres at 5.6%. No downhill after its crest, as the route continues false flat to the first uphill stretches of the closing climb. Basically, this is a pepped up false flat, which slopes at 3% for 9 kilometres.
The final haul up to Vallter 2000 is 12 kilometres and the average gradient is 7.3%. The steepest ramps are 14%.
Recent winners in Vallter 2000 are Tejay van Garderen (2014) and Nairo Quintana (2013).
More to follow once the final route of the 3rd stage of the 2019 Volta a Catalunya is announced.
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