Volta a Catalunya 2019 odds
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Who wins Volta a Catalunya 2019?
Volta a Catalunya 2019
The Volta a Catalunya 2019 is a professional men’s road stage race in Spain, taking place between Monday 25th March and Sunday 31st March. Now in its 99th year, the 2019 race begins with a mountainous first stage in Calella and finishes with a hilly criterium in Barcelona. Days three and four, in particular, will likely play a huge part in deciding the winner as they feature high altitude finishes.
The current title holder is Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar), who beat fellow teammate Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar) and Pierre Latour (Team AG2R La Mondiale) on the podium.
The seven-stage 2019 route
Stage 1: Calella - Calella. 164 km
Stage 2: Mataró - Sant Feliu de Guixols. 179.6 km
Stage 3: Sant Feliu de Guixols - Vallter 2000 (Setcases). 179 km
Stage 4: Llanars (Vall de Camprodon) - La Molina. 150.3 km
Stage 5: Puigcerdà - Sant Cugat. 188.1 km
Stage 6: Valls - Vilaseca. 174.3 km
Stage 7: Barcelona - Barcelona. 143.1 km
The 2019 route features a number of hilly stages as well as opportunities for the sprinters. Starting in Calella, the first stage is an out and back hilly race, which may well boil down to a sprint finish. A sprint finish is also on the cards on stage two, which features three moderate climbs.
Stage three features a high altitude finish in Vallter 2000 - the final climb up to the ski resort being 12 km at an average gradient of 7.3%. Stage four is another mountains stage with the traditional Volta a Catalunya summit finish at La Molina. Valverde won here in 2018 and 2017 in a title decisive victory. The final climb is 9 km at 6%, before a quick 2 km climb to the line.
Stage five starts high up in the mountains with a big climb to start, before an undulating second half of the stage ending in the suburbs of Barcelona. Stage six, finishing in Vilaseca, will likely see the sprinters back to the front. The end of the 2019 race features a circuit route around Barcelona.