The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya kicks off today, Monday 25 March, in Catalonia. It is for Roompot – Charles Cycling Team the first stage race of WorldTour level and it shows: there are some tough stages waiting for us “and the field of participants is a bit like in the Tour de France,” adds sports director Erik Breukink.
“We don’t really aim for the general classification”, says Erik Breukink before the start of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, the 7-day cycling tour of Catalonia. “It’s a really tough stage race, with two uphill finishes. There will be opportunities for us in stages when the rankings will have been set more or less, when a breakaway will battle for stage victory. Those opportunities will come for sure.”
“The first stage is already quite tough. A decent breakaway group can make it all the way to the finish line. We’ll try to be part of it, but there is a col at less than twenty kilometers after the start. So maybe there won’t be much room for that, it depends on the teams controlling the race. There is a very strong field of participants here, a bit like in the Tour de France. But we’re going to take the chances we’ll get. We’ll take it day by day.”
For some Roompot-Charles riders itss a first introduction to a 2.UWT race, others already know the Volta a Catalunya. “There are a few who have raced here before: Duyn, van der Lijke, Weening, Lammertink. They know this race and how it works here. The course is more or less the same as two years ago, but without a time trial.”
Below you’ll find a stage overview of the Volta a Catalunya. Click on the image to get more information about the 7 stages.
Click here to watch the complete and final start list of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2019.
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