Volta a Catalunya 2019 Route stage 6: Valls – Vila-seca
Saturday 30 March - At 174.3 kilometres, the 6th stage of the Volta a Catalunya goes from Valls to Vila-seca. The race is played out on undulating to hilly terrain before a likely sprint finish in a false flat finale.
Valls and the Volta a Catalunya is a weathered combination. The birth place of the late Xavier Tondo mostly serves a a finish. Alejandro Valverde (2018, 2015), Wout Poels (2016), Luka Mezgec (2014) and Simon Gerrans (2013) – they all won stages in Valls.
Once the flag is dropped the route gradually climbs to the highest point of the day, Coll d’Albarca. Actually, it is a sheer endless false flat with only the last kilometres standing out a bit. The Albarca peaks out at 775 metres and the descent immediately continues onto the Coll d’Alforja. Both are 3rd category KOMs.
The Alforja is crested at kilometre 80 and following a long descent the rest of the race is played out on rolling roads. The finish is in Vila-seca, which means ‘dry town’ and lies close to Salou. The arrival is slightly uphill.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 95 and at kilometre 156) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
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