The 2023 version of the Volta a Catalunya will return to the Lo Port climb, one of many hardest climbs within the area, offering a much-needed shake up of the second half of the lads’s WorldTour stage race.
In 2018 Lo Port was the scene of a monumental three-way battle between Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde, with Valverde popping out the most effective and taking an unbreakable maintain on the general.
Lo Port is 8.4 kilometres lengthy with a mean gradient of 9 p.c and the hardest components of the climb attain 20 p.c in locations. It has solely been climbed 4 occasions within the Volta’s 101 earlier editions.
The opposite phases of the Volta a Catalunya 2023 route are extra acquainted, with a repeat of the 2022 opening stage beginning and ending in Sant Feliu de Guixols and the same old end in Barcelona.
The mountains start early, with the Pyrenean summit finishes at Vallter and La Molina, on phases 2 and three. La Molina, a notably uneven ascent, has featured a minimum of seven occasions within the final eight editions and the a lot steadier, longer, Vallter each in 2021 and 2019.
In 2022 Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) upended the Volta on a transition stage however the late March race is historically determined within the Pyrenees. The addition of the Lo Port end will make for a way more unpredictable second half of the race, with the general winner maybe selected the hilly Montjuïc circuit in Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya.
The total breakdown of the 2023 Volta a Catalunya full with stage distances and intermediate climbs can be revealed within the New 12 months.
Volta a Catalunya 2023
Stage 1: Sant Feliu de Guixols – Sant Feliu de Guixols, Monday March 20
Stage 2: Mataro – Vallter, Tuesday March 21
Stage 3: Olost – La Molina, Wednesday March 22
Stage 4: Llivia – Sabadell, Thursday March 23
Stage 5: Tortosa – Lo Port, Friday March 24
Stage 6: Martorell – Molins de Rei, Saturday March 25
Stage 7: Barcelona – Barcelona, Sunday March 26