Saturday, 20th March 2021 – As the start of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya approaches, which will be held between March 22 and 28, 2021, Team Bahrain Victorious are prepared to take on the demanding stages in Catalunya.
The route of the 100th edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya spreads over 1,000 km across seven stages. The variety of profiles with two mountain top finishes, sections for the breakaway and sprint finishes promise a great week on Catalan roads. There will be two high finishes and sections for getaways or sprint finishes.
Volta starts in Calella and will head towards Tossa de Mar and Vidreres, where intermediate sprints will be held, and then face the climb to the port of Les Guilleries. The main challenge of the day will be climbing the Port of Santa Fe del Montseny, before descending back to Calella
The second stage will be a short ITT of 18.5km in El Pla de l’Estany, with the start and finish located in Banyoles. The flat route shouldn’t see significant gaps form in the GC, but it could start to shape the overall standings.
The longest stage will be on the third day covering 203 km, with a challenging finale up the 11.1km hors categorie climb of Vallter 2000. Stage four will be another tough day, with two hors categorie climbs, first taking on the demanding El Cantó before finishing on Port Ainé.The fifth stage starts in La Pobla de Segur and takes on the hard climb up Montserrat before descending to the finish in Manresa. The sixth stage includes the circuit of Catalunya. The riders will start the day in Tarragona, with a route of continuous ups and downs without great mountain difficulties until they finish in Mataró, which could be a day for the sprinters. Barcelona, and in particular the mountain of Montjuïc, will be the protagonist of the last stage of the Volta. The bunch will ride around the Catalan capital before re-entering the city, facing six climbs in Montjuïc.
Franco Pellizotti , Team Bahrain Victorious Sports Director, shares the team’s goals: “We are coming to Volta Catalunya to make a top ten in GC with Hermann Pernsteiner and potentially with Santiago Buitrago, our young and talented rider that might also have good chances to take a good GC position at the end without any pressure on him. Matej Mohorič will look for a stage victory in some stages that really fit him. Wout Poels is back after the crash in UAE Tour, and therefore we won’t expect much from him. Still, we believe that he will show daily growth and see him in excellent condition after Catalunya and stronger for the next races ahead.
Wout Poels: “I believe I’m going in the right direction. After two weeks of almost no training im finally back on the bike. I’m happy I can ride Catalunya, where I have some good memories with a stage win in 2016. The main goal is to get some competition in the legs and get better day by day “.
Matej Mohorič: “Volta Catalunya will be my first stage race of the season. My goal will be to try and win a stage here. There are a couple stages that suit me well, and I also want to test myself in the time trial stage “.
Hermann Pernsteiner; “After two one day races, it will be my first stage race this season. I really like Catalonia because it’s one of the hardest one-week races on the calendar with a lot of climbing and no real flat stage. After a good winter without troubles, I am on track and can’t wait to test my legs on the long climbs.”
Team Bahrain Victorious line-up for Volta Ciclista a Catalunya: Santiago Buitrago, Kevin Inkelar, Matej Mohorič, Domen Novak, Hermann Pernsteiner, Wout Poels, Stevie Williams.
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