Today, organizers for the Volta a Catalunya, Spain’s oldest race, announced this year’s route.
Although the 2014 route reflects similar features as last year’s race, this year’s edition will eliminate an individual or team time trial. However, commencing mid-point, the two challenging summit finishes in the Pyrenees have been added to this year’s event.
Similar to last year’s race, stage 1 will feature rolling terrain along the coastal resort of Calella – finishing with multiple laps of a hilly circuit inside the Montjuic Park in Barcelona.
Stage 2 will follow a 171.2 kilometer route that will feature two categorized climbs, with the race concluding in Girona.
Stage 3 will feature three categorized climbs, to include the race’s first summit finish – a long, steady 12 kilometer climb up the La Molina.
This year’s queen stage will be contested at midpoint in the race – with the 166.4 kilometer route that includes no fewer than five climbs and a mountaintop finish in Vallter 2000.
The 222.2 kilometer stage 5 and the 163.9 kilometer stage 6 will most certainly favor the sprinters, with both stages having only one categorized climb.
The final stage will repeat last year’s race, with a short 120 kilometer route ending in Barcelona.
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