The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya is Spain's second biggest bike race after the Vuelta and the third oldest (1911) stage race in the world behind the Tour (1903) and the Giro (1909).
Stage 1 tomorrow.
Calella → Calella, 139 km
Stage 1 is a loop starting and ending in Calella, just up the coast from Barcelona. It is only 139 km and there are three categorized climbs including at cat 1 at the halfway point. Chances are the race will come back together for the cat 3 climb near the finish. Expect the sprinter teams (GreenEDGE) to chase down the break over the remaining 18 km to try and set up a sprint finish (Allan Davis), one of the few expected this week.
Nicolas Roche leading AG2R and Dan Martin leading Garmin-Barracuda.Andy Schelck, Brad Wiggins, Alejandro Valverde, Ivan Basso, Denis Menchov and Levi Leipheimer all on start list too.
Some significan t climbs on most days and especially on Wednesday.