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2017 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, March 20-26, WT

18 Mar 2017 14:11

Here it is - after P-N and T-A, the next opportunity to see the big GT guns in action is Volta a Catalunya.

As usual, the route is clearly preferring those who can climb, with three middle mountain stages ending after the descent, two MTFs (one easier and one harder) and usual Montjuic circuit in Barcelona on the final day. This year, the riders will have to face also a long TTT on the second day of the race.

Startlist:
http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/_Volta_Ciclista_a_Catalunya_2017_Startlist

Profiles:

Stage 1: Callela - Callela, 179 km
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Stage 2: Banyoles - Banyoles, 41 km
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Stage 3: Mataro - La Molina (Alp), 181 km
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Stage 4: Llivia - Igualada, 194 km
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Stage 5: Valls - Lo Port (Tortosa), 182 km
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Stage 6: Tortosa - Reus, 190 km
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Stage 7: Barcelona - Barcelona, 139 km
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Re: 2017 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, March 20-26, WT

18 Mar 2017 14:15

Atapuma.
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18 Mar 2017 14:19

Lo Port is a very hard climb, but the stage itself is easy while its the other way around for La Molina. I like that there are no stages for pure sprinters, will be some good intermediate stages for complement the 2 MTFs and the long TTT
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Re: 2017 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, March 20-26, WT

18 Mar 2017 14:26

BigMac wrote:Atapuma.

To crack the top-10?
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18 Mar 2017 14:30

I reckon BMC, Movistar and Sky will be the fastest in the TTT, so the GC will go to Dennis, Valverde or Froome/Thomas. I think.
Valverde has the bonus second advantage.
The TTT is outrageously long. Half the length would have been more than enough.
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18 Mar 2017 14:33

Also, whoever scheduled the decisive stages on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday should be fired.
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Re: 2017 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, March 20-26, WT

18 Mar 2017 14:35

Valv.Piti wrote:
BigMac wrote:Atapuma.

To crack the top-10?


I didn't see the time trial.
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18 Mar 2017 14:36

Don't like TTTs, especially long ones.
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Re: 2017 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, March 20-26, WT

18 Mar 2017 14:37

BigMac wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:
BigMac wrote:Atapuma.

To crack the top-10?


I didn't see the time trial.

Lol :p
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18 Mar 2017 14:40

jaylew wrote:Don't like TTTs, especially long ones.


A 40km ttt in a one week stage race is just ridiculous.
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18 Mar 2017 14:41

Sky vs Contador vs Bala. Too much mountains for Dennis, from BMC maybe Samu can do something
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Re: 2017 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, March 20-26, WT

18 Mar 2017 15:11

BigMac wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:
BigMac wrote:Atapuma.

To crack the top-10?


I didn't see the time trial.

That would explain it. ;)
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Re: 2017 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, March 20-26, WT

18 Mar 2017 16:37

Valverde Ftw! For Sky i expect Landa to finally show something here after Thomas strong Tirreno performance.
Zakarin should do better than in Paris-Nice if he wants to be a factor in Giro.
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18 Mar 2017 18:18

Thomas to demolish the field.
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18 Mar 2017 18:22

Who thought that TTT was a good idea?
I suspect Banyoles paid quite a bit to have "their own" stage
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18 Mar 2017 20:03

I would like to see Contador attacking on the first stage maybe on the first cat 1. Hoping to gain some time for the TTT. Just to blow the race open a little at the start.

Fun and games.
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18 Mar 2017 20:11

Can somebody explain why that excuse of a mountain stage that is the Molina stage is recycled over and over and over again?
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18 Mar 2017 20:50

Money.
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18 Mar 2017 21:01

I'm glad there is a proper mountain stage in it. Tortosa is a really tough climb.

Should a proper fight between the big guns.
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18 Mar 2017 21:04

With the extremely long TTT a good GC for Manzana isn't very much a possibility, but I hope Aguirre and Reyes can show they belong on this level, especially the former. Molano as well, but there isn't much of an actual stage for sprinters here.
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