Tour of Cat­alo­nia

20 26 March, 2.WT, Spain

Procycling - - Prologue -

Race di­rec­tor Rubén Peris has turned the clock back with the in­clu­sion of a team time trial on stage 2. This race hasn't had a TTT since '07, and this one’s a whop­ping 41.3km. There hasn't been a TTT this length in a WorldTour stage race since the 2009 Tour. Peris, who has al­ready re­ceived word that Chris Froome and Al­berto Con­ta­dor will both start, hasn't skimped on the climb­ing ei­ther, and the race makes its re­turn to the sum­mit !in­ish at La Molina for the fourth year in a row on stage 3. The other key moun­tain stage looks set to be the 182km stage 5 from Delta de l’Ebre to the lime­stone out­crops of Lo Port which hove into view af­ter a 10km climb and sec­tions around 15 per cent. The race is usu­ally a hunt­ing ground for at­tack­ing rid­ers, and in the race’s cur­rent late March po­si­tion, it’s be­come a key early ren­dezvous for Tour rid­ers.

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