73rd Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2.Pro) // February 2nd - 6th 2022

Who will finish higher in GC?

  • Valverde

    Votes: 20 74.1%
  • Ayuso

    Votes: 7 25.9%

  • Total voters
    27

Out with the old - in with the new
Spain's hope starts his last first Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana!


Date: 2022-02-02 - 2022-02-06
Race class: 2.Pro
Race category: Men Elite
UCI-Tour: UCI ProSeries
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A really nice startlist of GC/climbers, with Vlasov, Kelderman, Ayuso, Valverde, Mas, Evenepoel, Sivakov, Nibali, Valter, Hart...
A few top sprinters will try their luck in the easier stages, Jakobsen, Viviani, Kristoff, Nizzolo...
And there are a few "curious to see how he does" cases as well, like Ardila, Leemreize, Vader, Rodriguez and obviously Ayuso.
For those interested, here is a video of the race presentation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzv-dEcTY1k

The race will be broadcast on Eurosport.

Stage 3 is the "queenstage" and will likely be deciding the general classification, unless someone already puts the others in their place on stage 1. Click the images to enlarge.


stage 1

stage 2

stage 3

stage 4

stage 5


PS: Carlos Rodriguez turns 21 during stage 1.
 
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Enric Mas will win this bike race.
Mas and winning a one week stage race? I'd be very surprised.

Early season so very hard to say how everyone will look but it wouldn't surprise me if Remco shows up in great form already - having said that, the stages don't really suit him. Stage 2 would be great if not for the final 50km that will probably kill any GC action. Soooo...Valverde?:grinning:
 
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Early season so very hard to say how everyone will look but it wouldn't surprise me if Remco shows up in great form already - having said that, the stages don't really suit him. Stage 2 would be great if not for the final 50km that will probably kill any GC action. Soooo...Valverde?:grinning:
If he really wants it and is in good form, he could place a signature attack at the very top of the climb in stage 1 at 4k from the finish. Only a select group of riders will be there still, and none of them will be his equal on the flat section leading up to the finish. If they fail to hold his wheel and give him 5m, it's over. He can ride away and take up to 30 seconds in 4k.
 
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Pleasant OP, very clean with the stage profiles in a table.

Profile from cyclingcols of the MTF in stage 3:



The whole climb is paved by the way.
Then that's not what they're doing according to the race web site.
I've checked the map and ortophotos of the area. The profile shows the fork to Balcón de Alicante with 3km to go, but if they turn to Balcón de Alicante there's another fork up that road where they can take an unpaved mountain track that runs parallel to the paved road to the antennas until they join again.
According to Google Maps, that unpaved section climbs a bit over 140m in 1.8km, and it's adding 100m of distance to the most direct climb through the paved road.
 
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Then that's not what they're doing according to the race web site.
I've checked the map and ortophotos of the area. The profile shows the fork to Balcón de Alicante with 3km to go, but if they turn to Balcón de Alicante there's another fork up that road where they can take an unpaved mountain track that runs parallel to the paved road to the antennas until they join again.
According to Google Maps, that unpaved section climbs a bit over 140m in 1.8km, and it's adding 100m of distance to the most direct climb through the paved road.
Ah, I see. Weird not to take the paved road.

 
Climbs

Stage 1
Alto de Costur


El Remolcador


Ayodar + Torralba del Pinar (as far as the village, 5k before the end of the profile)


Stage 2
Gabaldón (first 3.5k only)


Rio Juanes


La Muela: 7.1k at 4.15% as per the APM list of climbs. The profile below matches as far as the junction to Dos Aguas, 6k into the climb.


Fuente la Real


Calicanto (right to left, click link as the forum still won't load images from certain sites)

Stage 3
"Coll de Rates" (they don't actually go to its summit) + Sa Creueta


Alto de Fageca (final 10k only)


Benifallim


Tibi (final 5.4k only)


Then, on the subject of the final climb... the descent and most of it are the same as the Balcón de Alicante stage in last year's Vuelta, as far as 1.7k to go on that stage/2.7k to go on this stage, where they turn right onto the unpaved section. I made the profile below with the elevation data from the roadbook, can't guarantee the quality but it's as much as is on offer.


Stage 4
Campules
 
If he really wants it and is in good form, he could place a signature attack at the very top of the climb in stage 1 at 4k from the finish. Only a select group of riders will be there still, and none of them will be his equal on the flat section leading up to the finish. If they fail to hold his wheel and give him 5m, it's over. He can ride away and take up to 30 seconds in 4k.
Agree, Valverde will be hard to beat ;)
 
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