Thursday, December 29, 2016

La Molina ski station, again in the Volta a Catalunya 2017 route

La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Purito Rodríguez, winner in 2014 (Picture by Sergi Ros de Mora)
La Molina, one of the most famous Ski stations in Catalonia, will be in 2017 (for the 4th time in a row) stage ending in Volta a Catalunya Pro race. It will be on 2017 March 22nd.

La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Stage arriving to La Molina in 2014 edition
Curiously, just in 2014 edition, the winner at La Molina (Purito Rodríguez) was also the winner of final GC. In 2015, Tejay Van Garderen was not even in top ten, and winner was australian Richie Porte. In 2016, Dan Martin was 3rd, after Nairo Quintana (winner) and Alberto Contador. Anyway, any cyclist fighting for GC shouldn't be far from the lead in 2017...
La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Stage arriving to La Molina in 2015 edition
La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Stage arriving to La Molina in 2016 edition
As you can see in joined profiles, usually stage finishing at La Molina is the queen stage of Volta a Catalunya. Being located in Barcelona province, between Barcelona or Girona area and La Cerdanya region. It is not specially steep (see profile below), but it usually comes after several first category climbs, as Collada de Toses, La Creueta or Coll de Coubet.
La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Profile of La Molina from Das (Cerdanya)