96th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya20-26 March
2016 | QUINTANA Nairo
2015 | PORTE Richie
2014 | RODRÍGUEZ Joaquim
2013 | MARTIN Daniel
2012 | ALBASINI Michael
2010 | RODRÍGUEZ Joaquim
2009 | VALVERDE Alejandro
2008 | VELOSO Gustavo Cesar
2007 | KARPETS Vladimir
2006 | CAÑADA DavidWorldTour teams
Stage 7The Route
Its a VERY hard route here in the gorgeous north of Spain
With a Team Time Trial of some 41+ km - and lots of lumpy mountains including the super hard Lo Port with the last 8km at 9% ... this will be a race for the tough men of cycling. Even the final day is a testing circuit around the gorgeous Montjuic with a 2km @ 5.7% which they do 8 times over.
Full startlist: http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/_Volta_Ciclista_a_Catalunya_2017_Stage_1_StartlistThe Major ContendersFroome
Skipped both Paris Nice and Tireno Adriatico this year - but did start racing in the Australian summer (though not the TDU) but still - will always be up there when the mountains are like this. Can Sky manage a TTT better than they did at TA though?Contador
Did extremely well at Paris Nice. Lost time on stage 1 due to wind ... but went within 2 seconds of the top step on the podium in a classic "attack at all costs" performance. Valverde
With Quintana winning at Tireno, Valverde may feel some pressure to show some early form as well to keep his name in the mind of those in charge ... not that early season form has ever been a problem for Alejandro Ilnur Zakarin
Ok at Paris Nice. Always a danger for the podium, and a lot will come down to the TTT - and Lo Port.Steven Kruijwijk
Pulled out of Paris Nice - but proved last year that he has what it takes in these races. Will be interesting to see what he can do, though will need the team behind him to do a good TTT and keep him in contentionAdam Yates
Did ok at Tireno. Still has a bit to do, but a good TTT will be a startVan Garderen
Less than impressive in the mountains of Italy. Will need to improve to match it with the big boys here.Julian Alaphilippe
Very impressive time trial at Paris Nice had him in the leaders jersey at Paris Nice ... but he simply couldnt match the climbers at the pointy end. Still will eventually get there, and you never know when that will be.Outsiders
maybe a climber who's team does a great TTT will surprise us here. It will be very hard for the pro-conti teams to feature in the GC with the time they will give up in the teams time trial though - so I think this one will go to the majors.
Other Interesting Notes
Bahrain Merida showing a bit of lack of depth - or just contempt for Spanish Cycling in sending a team of only 6 ... with Gasparotto leading.
and one more - though not a contender - but Andre Greipel is here this week too. Not too many sprint stages for the gorilla ... but kudos to him for showing up here. Bouhanni is here too - but perhaps more as a 'makeup' from dropping out of Paris Nice. *** Major thanks to the ever gorgeous Flo from whom I blatantly plagiarized this post from last year.