Ripoll is situated at the foot of the Port de la Creueta, a 19.9 kilometres climb with an average gradient of 4.7%. The top lies at an elevation of almost 2,000 metres. As does the finish line.
The last time that the Volta a Catalunya visited Port Ainé was in 2016. Back then Thomas De Gendt soloed to victory, while eventual GC winner Nairo Quintana climbed to second place ahead of Richie Porte.
The finish climb adds up to 18.5 kilometres, in which the riders brave an average gradient of 6.8%. The first 3 kilometres are steepest, although close to the top you’ll find some stretches at over 10% too. Relief is waiting after 14 kilometres on the flanks when a short descent will feel like a massage to the worn-out legs.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while intermediate sprints come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Volta a Catalunya 2021 stage 4: route, profile, more
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