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Volta a Catalunya

C1: 18/2-23/2, 6 stages total 879 km


Welcome to the 12th edition of Volta a Catalunya, since 2007 only in 2017 the race was not on the calendar.

Last season Ki Ho Choi (Meiji - JR East) won the race, he is here trying to do that again for his new team ENI – MOL.

The profile of the race have seen some significant changes since last season, this time the mountain stages both relative long compared to last year where we had just one long and very hard stage and one shorter easier stage.

This time two hilly stages as oppose to last season with just one, but this time both hilly stages finish downhill/flat as oppose to last year where we got an uphill finish. Due to this we can’t rule out that hilly sprinters might come into play on at least stage 5.

But the most important change could be that we won’t get neither the short prologue nor the long ITT this year, instead we got a long slightly undulated TTT. I think this stage could be very important, as we saw in PT earlier this season a stage like this can easily cost a team a minute or two, and a lot more if the GC rider was dropped. OK this is a bit different than Copenhagen-Malmø, as the team was not picked especially for this but I believe it can be crucial if we have an otherwise tight GC.

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The local spectators will have many riders to cheer for: Mainly the three Spanish top climbers pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Tenorio, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Intxausti and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Abal

But also puncher pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Barrio and several domestic riders: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Fraile, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Rienda Segura, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lvc.png Ibarguren, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Carretero Millan, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Bou Company, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Ballesteros, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Verona and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Allonca

This is a list of the GC favorites, in this list only one rider from each team as we must expect lieutenants not to podium. Also this list has a T and it is not individual, it is a predicted team value for the TTT.

Favorites
MTRASH
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Tenorio847676677876
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Uran827681717574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png Schelling807776707575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Intxausti817577697770
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Abal807676727369
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Shikai817576667471
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Eastman817375697671
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Choi807576687774
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Roglic807176747576
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Talansky797376697577
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Bennett806874737576
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Meintjes806876697777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Machado816769677274


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Tenorio my clear top favorite, second to none top climber with a fine team for the TTT and only one minor weakness in a limited acceleration.

First to take over if Tenorio shows any sign of weakness pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Uran a weaker pure climber with good backup skills.

The above on paper the stronger, but then we got a more even group to fight for the last spot on the podium. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png Schelling, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Intxausti, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Abal, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Shikai and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Eastman

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png Schelling on paper having the best team for the TTT, able to be the best placed top climber after stage 3, his weakness is that the squad lack top supporting climbers. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Intxausti a better climber but with a medium squad, and a lack of acceleration, but all in all those two very even all in all. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Abal with a slightly stronger squad, good acceleration, but may lose some time on the hilly stages. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Shikai overall very good skillset but a low end acceleration, he comes with strong lieutenants pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Costagli and that may be very important. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Eastman lack a top TTT squad and may lose some time on stage 3, but he got an well rounded climber squad as backup, weak end acceleration but otherwise fine skills.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Choi sits a bit low on my list, but everything taken into account ENI - MOL may be a clear podium contender because they have the strongest squad with top climbers in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Carapaz and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Pomoshnikov all very strong and it is anyone’s guess which one will be their leader after the first mountain stage. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Roglic with a relative weak TTT squad, but if he survives that in good shape for a top result, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Talansky the strongest puncher of top climbers, but hard to say how much effect it has in this race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Bennett, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Meintjes, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Machado, all of these sits low on my list partly due to a weak TTT squad, expected to lose some time there. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Machado though has a strong lieutenants in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Pantano Gomez and an overall great climber squad, just hard to say it those teams can reclaim the time loss they are doomed to get in the TTT.

List of Climbers
MRASHMRASH
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Tenorio8476677876pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Mannion7776717271
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Uran8281717574pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Kozhatayev7775697174
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Intxausti8177697770pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Solis7775646558
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Shikai8176667471pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Bartl7774707372
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Eastman8175697671pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Grmay7773717174
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Machado8169677274pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Rodrigues7773717072
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Roglic8076747576pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Topchanyuk7772707273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Abal8076727369pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Scarponi7772707175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png Schelling8076707575pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Battaglin7772706972
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Meintjes8076697777pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Hirschlein7771597171
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Choi8076687774pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Squire7770717077
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Carapaz8076657171pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Ignatenko7770637473
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Bennett8074737576pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Kennaugh7770637170
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Talansky7976697577pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Hoem7769627472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Pomoshnikov7976667874pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Galiev7679587369
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Pantano Gomez7974687371pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Fraile7676667472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Costagli7971677071pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Ivanov7675687274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Chamorro7876747275pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Andriafenomananiaina7674717472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Ranaweera7875657573pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Ortega7674626865
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Padun7873737175pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Hasta7673606870

Two hilly stages for the punchers, a list of the best.

List of Punchers
RiderHAcFlStRsRiderHAcFlStRs
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Barrio7967636963pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Bennett7673677574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Klemme7965707369pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Tanovitchii7671727572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Bellis7875758071pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Tenorio7667687876
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Duchesne7779707372pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Eyob7666687469
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Squire7771687070pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/wcc.png Ziesler7665697470
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Meintjes7769717776pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Haavardsholm7580646769
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Talansky7769717576pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Silva7579687570
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Venter7766707274pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Chamorro7574667276
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Roglic7674717576pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Padun7573677173
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Seibeb7673717069pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png Schelling7570717576


Just one sprinter stage unless we get a mass sprint on the hilly stage 5, with also the 1st stage having a climb close to the finish, a hilly sprinter may be the best choice.

List of Sprinters
SHAFHR
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Rowe796680786670
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Coutinho796580726574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Castaneda795877705865
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/wcc.png Angarita786277726265
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Kuboki777377737374
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Feiereisen776878746868
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Habtom776178756175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Kreder767177737170
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Horton756680756663
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Tzortzakis756374706369


Predicted TTT Ranking
Team UBS77
Minions76
Desigual76
Kulczyk - Alitalia76
Rakuten Pro Cycling75
DK Zalgiris75
ENI - MOL75
Azteca - NBCSN73
Valio - Viking Genetics73
Sauber Petronas Racing71
Berg Cycles71
Adastra - Hell Energy Cycling68
cycleYorkshire68
Repsol - Honda 68
Xero Racing68
Team Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff68
Andorra Cycling Project67
Carrefour - ESPN67
Swisslion Cycling Team67
World Cycling Centre 66
La Vie Claire 64


Startlist
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Races/C1/Catalunya/Start.jpg

Edited by Tamijo on 09-12-2019 15:23
 
Marcovdw
Need a good race from Uran. On the podium at the very least, top step preferable.
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Yellow Jersey
Very strong startlist, I'm finding it weird that Galiev was attributed nÂş1 in the team but I hope that influenciates nothing, despite the TTT the focus was in the mountains, Machado isn't that strong so the team couldn't be full of specialists (either that or calendar clashes, I can't be sure now). Either way Mottin is here to give it some power but we plan to have him safe and well rounded in the mountains which is where we hope he can stand a safe Top10 in the GC, possibly having a dig in the hills aswell as some of his rivals will struggle and Barrio can even fight for a stage.
 
quadsas
finally we back in the mix of thangs. Time trial will be of utmost importance here, hopefully my artistes can deliver
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sammyt93
Hopefully Ranaweera can step up and challenge for the youth jersey here, we've given him some good support to help him beat the competition for it and have a decent if not spectacular TTT lineup to try and keep him in contention early on.
 
jandal7
The TTT in Slovenie made me a little nervous for this, but Bennett showed good form in ToME, though this is a tougher test perhaps. Looking for a good GC result from him and hopefully one or two stage wins from Rowe for a great race here. Certainly not expecting the two stage wins plus a stage podium plus 2nd on GC that we managed last year with no TTT, but it's not impossible Grin
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Go Go Tenorio! The important team win goal for the season.
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ryant
Honestly dont think the TTT unit we've brought is bad at all, unless you know something I dont :/

This is a good chance for Meintjes to grab a top 5 I think, only Tenorio is vastly better than the others so it should be a close fight for the rest I think
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Tamijo
ryant wrote:
unless you know something I dont :/


If you mean me, I don't know nothing, Always make these previews before i know any result.
 
Bushwackers
Nice preview, really looking forward to this one! Reeeally wanting this TTT win and I hope Schelling can stay with our lineup to the finish. If so, he should be good for a top 5-8.
 
valverde321
Hopefully Shikai can continue his strong form, this time in the mountains. Brought a good TTT squad, and Silva can be our breakaway rider, or dark horse for the hill stages.
 
Kentaurus
Oof, brutal startlist... hoping Eastman can give a good showing for the CT here, and some of the other guys ride aggressively as we have a solid set of climbers in this as well.
 
redordead
Looking for a lot of breakways here and hoping Kreder/Seibeb can fight for a stage win.
 
fintas
on paper this looks like a good race for roglic, the combination of mountain and hills can give some advantage over pure climbers such as Tiago Machado.
Just do not know if TTT will not have too much importance in the race.
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redordead
Kreder in 8th is not quite what I wanted. One down four to go Pfft

Otherwise good to see an amateur team taking the win, congrats Aquarius Smile
 
Marcovdw
Brought no sprinter so for the first time no complaints about a flat stage.
Manager of Minions
 
fjhoekie
All I need here is some breaks, so good to see Tanovitchii getting in the mix. Now mainly hoping the team will continue being aggressive, and maybe for Padun to get a decent GC result.
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valverde321
Guess I thought the hill would have more affect. Wasnt expecting a 58HIL rider to win for sure.
 
quadsas
Great ride from Hofer, but I'd preferred he'd have gotten into the break on stage 2, but I'll take it
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DK Žalgiris
 
ryant
Decent enough of a start, hopefully Bellis can do something on stage 2, the points jersey could be available with some good results!
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