Volta a Catalunya 2019 Route stage 5: Puigcerdà – Sant Cugat del Vallès
Friday, 29 March - The 5th stage of the Volta a Catalunya travels from Puigcerdà to Sant Cugat del Vallès, a suburb of Barcelona. Although the 188.1 kilometres race features a huge climb early on, a sprint finish is the most likely outcome.
Puigcerdà is located at an altitude of 1,200 metres in the Pyrenees and it has been 34 years since the Volta a Catalunya last visited the border town. Only a stone’s throw from where France Sean Kelly took the win in 1985.
No Puigcerdà finish in 2019 though. The Port de la Colada de Toses appears shortly after the start, which is a long and steady ascent to an altitude of 1,790 metres. The riders fly down to 600 metres before the Collet de San Agustí is the last KOM climb of the day. The peak is crested at kilometre 82 and the route continues on undulating terrain to a likely sprint finish Sant Cugat del Vallès, an affluent town just north of Barcelona.
San Cugat hosted the start of last edition’s 3rd stage. The race went to Camprodon, where Thomas De Gendt soloed to victory and the leader’s jersey.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 88 and at kilometre 171) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
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