The 1931 edition, the number 13, with seven stages, lived a spectacular fight between two of its most outstanding cyclists, the three-time champion of the Volta Mariano Cañardo and Salvador Cardona, who won the overall classification ahead of the Olite cyclist.
The two cyclists were exchanging stage victories in the first days, but a penalty to Cañardo of five minutes in the sixth stage facilitated the triumph of Cardona in the overall standing.
13a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Reus||174km||Salvador Cardona|
|2a stage||Reus – Alcañiz||239km||Mariano Cañardo|
|3a stage||Alcañiz – Montblanc||194km||Salvador Cardona|
|4a stage||Montblanc – Ripoll||224km||Salvador Cardona|
|5a stage||Ripoll – Terrassa||242km||Salvador Cardona|
|6a stage||Terrassa – Manresa||176km||Ettore Balmamion|
|7a stage||Manresa – Barcelona||134km||Vicente Cebrián|
Podium: Salvador Cardona / Mariano Cañardo / Aleardo Simoni
Mariano Cañardo regained the throne of the Volta in the 14th edition, which took place from September 4th to 11th, 1932. The presence of great Belgian and Italian international cyclists did not prevent a new triumph of Cañardo, who surpassed the Italian Domenico Piemontesi and Isidre Figueras.
In seven stages, the Volta a Catalunya had a great participation with 110 riders, and Cañardo suffered a lot to enjoy a leadership that did not get until the sixth stage.
In the 1930s Cañardo became an idol in Catalonia for his victories, which could have been more, but the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) broke out.
The Generalitat de Catalunya was the main sponsor of the race, and that was until 1936, when the war broke out.
14a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Reus||148km||Louis Hardiquest|
|2a stage||Reus – Tortosa||141km||Antoine Dignef|
|3a stage||Tortosa – Cervera||200km||Domenico Piemontesi|
|4a stage||Cervera – La Seu d’Urgell||144km||Ettore Meini|
|5a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Girona||230km||Domenico Piemontesi|
|6a stage||Girona – Manresa||208km||Salvador Cardona|
|7a stage||Manresa – Barcelona||110km||Antoine Dignef|
Podium: Bernardo Rogora / Alphonse Deloor / Nino Sella
The 15th edition of the Volta reached the 9 stages and returned to the month of June, from 10th to 18th. It was a Volta with surprises since the triumph fell to the Italian Alfredo Bovet, who in the third stage between Tortosa and Reus was up to 45 minutes ahead, and Cañardo pulled out due to mechanical problems.
The Italian celebrate his first Volta on the Montjuïc circuit, in an edition with a very prominent international participation and great support from the Generalitat de Catalunya.
15a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Manresa||84km||Joseph Demuysere|
|2a stage||Manresa – Tortosa||218km||Alfons Corthout|
|3a stage||Tortosa – Reus||217km||Alfredo Bovet|
|4a stage||Reus – Lleida||137km||Alfons Corthout|
|5a stage||Lleida – La Seu d’Urgell||190km||Ambrogio Morelli|
|6a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Girona||212km||Vicente Trueba|
|7a stage||Girona – Figueres||128km||Antoine Dignef|
|8a stage||Figueres – Caldes de Malavella||179km||Felice Gremo|
|9a stage||Caldes Malavella – Barcelona||173km||Alfredo Bovet|
Podium: Alfredo Bovet / Ambrogio Morelli / Antoine Dignef
The Volta of 1934, with 10 hard stages, started with the novelty of awarding the Grand Prize of the Mountain, and one more year with a very high level of foreign participation. Another Italian, Bernardo Rogora succeeded his compatriot to the list of winners, in an edition with 136 participants.
Cañardo was fourth after suffering numerous injuries and mechanical problems, behind Rogora, the Belgian Alphonse Deloor and the Italian Nino Sella.
16a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Manresa||89km||Isidre Figueras|
|2a stage||Manresa – Reus||164km||Alphonse Deloor|
|3a stage||Reus – Valls||148km||Mariano Cañardo|
|4a stage||Valls – Lleida||148km||Roger Chene|
|5a stage||Lleida – Andorra||163km||Bernardo Rogora|
|6a stage||Andorra – La Bisbal Empordà||259km||Nino Sella|
|7a stage (CRI)||La Bisbal Empordà – Girona||55km||Nino Sella|
|8a stage||Girona – Figueres||118km||Bernardo Rogora|
|9a stage||Figueres – Terrassa||188km||Josep Nicolau|
|10a stage||Terrassa – Barcelona||84km||Antonio Escuret|
Podium: Bernardo Rogora / Alphonse Deloor / Nino Sella
In the 17th edition of the Volta returned the control of Mariano Cañardo, who achieved a new triumph, his fifth, in an edition that had a significantly lower participation than in previous years, especially in the international arena.
Cañardo won with more than 10 minutes of margin on Federico Ezquerra and the Belgian Joseph Huts. It was probably the easiest victory for the Catalan-Navarran cyclist, who won three stages, including the last in Montjuïc, where many spectators were to support the idolized the cyclists.
The Volta of 1935 was celebrated from June 1st to 9th with 9 stages.
17a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Manresa||87km||Joseph Huts|
|2a stage||Manresa – Tarragona||150km||Arsène Mersch|
|3a stage||Tarragona – Gandesa||137km||Mariano Cañardo|
|4a stage||Gandesa – Valls||137km||Mariano Cañardo|
|5a stage||Valls – Puigcerdà||223km||Joseph Huts|
|6a stage||Puigcerdà – Girona||150km||Salvador Cardona|
|7a stage||Girona – La Bisbal Empordà||170km||Salvador Cardona|
|8a stage||La Bisbal Empordà – Terrassa||149km||Federico Ezquerra|
|9a stage||Terrassa – Barcelona||84km||Mariano Cañardo|
Podium: Mariano Cañardo / Federico Ezquerra / Joseph Huts
The last edition before the Spanish Civil War also was for Mariano Cañardo. It was held from June 13th to 21th, one month before the start of the war, with nine stages that defined the 18th edition.
Cañardo won the Belgian Frans Bonduel and Juan Gimeno and added three more stages in his impressive track record. Until the last stage in Montjuïc was not decided that "Volta", which saw how the Belgian was surpassed by Cañardo in the lasts laps to the circuit.
The 1936 edition was the last of the "Volta" until 1939, because of the war. La Volta had become a national project and it was usual to see in Barcelona political figures such as Lluís Companys or Francesc Macià with the cyclists.
18a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Manlleu||116km||Antonio Destrieux|
|2a stage||Manlleu – Girona||185km||Joseph Huts|
|3a stage||Girona – Figueres||165km||Joseph Huts|
|4a stage||Figueres – Manresa||246km||Mariano Cañardo|
|5a stage||Manresa – Lleida||162km||Federico Ezquerra|
|6a stage||Lleida – Valls||174km||Mariano Cañardo|
|7a stage||Valls – Tarragona||237km||Frans Bonduel|
|8a stage (CRI)||Tarragona – Vilafranca||49km||Mariano Cañardo|
|9a stage||Vilafranca – Barcelona||139km||Mariano Cañardo|
Podium: Mariano Cañardo / Frans Bonduel / Juan Gimeno
The Volta was not held in 1937 and 1938 for obvious reasons. Even though the war left a country in ruins and devastated, the Volta went ahead. The new times of the Francoism saw that the idol of the 30s, Mariano Cañardo, also won in this edition of 1939, in a year where there were no international representatives, since Europe was at the beginning of the Second World War, and only 40 cyclists participated.
The poster of this 19th edition already reflected the times lived under the dictatorship, with the inscription "Franco, Franco, Franco", 1939 "year of victory". Cañardo won ahead of Diego Cháfer and Fermín Trueba.
It would be the 7th and last victory of Cañardo in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, a record that nobody has been able to beat again ... until now.
19a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Valls||132km||Mariano Cañardo|
|2a stage||Valls – Igualada||135km||Mariano Cañardo|
|3a stage||Igualada – Girona||170km||Mariano Cañardo|
|4a stage (CRI)||Girona – Sant Feliu de Guíxols||73km||Diego Cháfer|
|5a stage||Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Terrassa||151km||Antonio Escuret|
|6a stage||Terrassa – Manresa||140km||Fermín Trueba|
|7a stage||Manresa – Barcelona||127km||Mariano Cañardo|
Podium: Mariano Cañardo / Diego Cháfer / Fermín Trueba
The Volta arrived in 1940 to its 20th edition, and had nine stages from May 5th to 12th, two of them time trail. European cyclists escaping from the war participated in the race.
The first two positions on the podiumum were occupied by two Luxembourgish cyclists, Christophe Didier and Mathias Clemens, who sent Mariano Cañardo to the third position in the podiumum.
In an unprecedented situation, all the stages of the Volta were won by foreign cyclists, among Dutch, Belgians, Italians and Luxembourgers.
20a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||38km||Nello Troggi|
|2a stage||Barcelona – El Vendrell||86km||Huub Sijen|
|3a stage||El Vendrell – Reus||147km||Frans Pauwels|
|4a stage (CRI)||Reus – Lleida||111km||Mathias Clemens|
|5a stage||Lleida – Vielha e Mijaran||215km||Christophe Didier|
|6a stage||Vielha e Mijaran – La Seu Urgell||266km||Louis Van Espenhout|
|7a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Figueres||200km||Albert Ritserveldt|
|8a stage (CRI)||Figueres – Girona||93km||Mathias Clemens|
|9a stage||Girona – Barcelona||188km||Mathias Clemens|
Podium: Christophe Didier / Mathias Clemens / Mariano Cañardo
The 21st edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, unlike the previous edition, was contested without foreign cyclists. A total of 10 stages that was held from September 6th to 14th. As a highlighted fact it can be noted that Mariano Cañardo won his last stage in the Volta, accumulating a total of 22 stages.
The final victory in the general classification was for Antonio Andrés Sancho, ahead Andreu Canals and José Campamá.
This edition was the first of the Pirelli Grand Prix, the tire brand, as the main sponsor, a relationship that would last for years.
21a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||60km||Joaquin Olmos|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Vilafranca||68km||Bartolomé Flaquer|
|3a stage (CRI)||Vilafranca – Tarragona||51km||Antonio Andrés Sancho|
|4a stage||Tarragona – Tortosa||97km||Delio Rodríguez|
|5a stage||Tortosa – Vilanova de Bellpuig||181km||Delio Rodríguez|
|6a stage||Vilanova de Bellpuig – Manresa||170km||Delio Rodríguez|
|7a stage||Manresa – Olot||132km||Fermín Trueba|
|8a stage||Olot – Girona||125km||Antonio Martín|
|Girona – Figueres (dos sectors)
9a Girona – Palamós
9b Palamós – Figueres
|10a stage||Figueres – Barcelona||216km||Delio Rodríguez|
Podium: Antonio Andrés Sancho / Andrés Canals / Josep Campamà
From September 5th to 13th, 1942, the 22nd edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was held. An edition with 10 stages that started with a team time trial at the Montjuïc circuit.
The stages by sector were habitual in this time, and in this 1942 the glory arrived finally for Federico Ezquerra, that during many years had occupied places of honor in the classification, but never had obtained the final triumph.
In an edition with 68 participants, Ezquerra exceeded in the classification to Julian Barrendero -winner of seven stages of the Volta during his career- and Diego Chafer.
22a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage (CRE)||Circuit de Montjuïc||39km||Antonio Andrés Sancho|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Vilafranca||70km||-|
|3a stage||Vilafranca – Tortosa||190km||Joao Lourenço|
|Tortosa – Lleida (tres sectors)
4a Tortosa – Reus
4b Reus – Montblanc
4c Montblanc – Lleida
|5a stage||Lleida – Vilanova de Bellpuig||122km||Miguel Casas|
|6a stage||Vilanova de Bellpuig – Manresa||136km||Julián Berrendero|
|7a stage||Manresa – Olot||147km||Delio Rodríguez|
|Olot – Granollers (dos sectors)
8a Olot – Figueres
8b Figueres – Granollers
|9a stage||Granollers – Granollers||50km||Delio Rodríguez|
|10a stage||Granollers – Barcelona||117km||Agustín Miró|
Podium: Federico Ezquerra / Julián Barrendero / Diego Cháfer
The 1943 edition, with 9 stages and which was held from September 5th to 12th, crowned Berrendero as first classified, after the second position in the previous year.
Berrendero won ahead Vicente Miró and Antonio Destrieux, in an edition with 68 participating cyclists that the champion dominated with great superiority, as well as his team, FC Barcelona.
23a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage (CRE)||Circuit de Montjuïc||39km||Fernando Murcia|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Vilafranca||70km||Manuel Costa|
|3a stage||Vilafranca – Tortosa||148km||Delio Rodríguez|
||Tortosa – Vimbodí (dos sectors)
4a Tortosa – Reus
4b Reus – Vimbodí
|5a stage||Vimbodí – Manresa||169km||Fernando Murcia|
|6a stage||Manresa – Vic||123km||Delio Rodríguez|
|7a stage||Vic – Santa Coloma de Farners||125km||Julián Berrendero|
|Sta Coloma de Farners – Mataró (dos sectors)
8a Sta Coloma Farners – Palamós
8b Palamós – Mataró
|9a stage||Mataró – Barcelona||144km||Delio Rodríguez|
Podium: Julián Berrendero / Vicente Miró / Antonio Destrieux
The 1944 edition, IV Pirelli Grand Prix, was more open than ever and Miguel Casas took advantage of this situation to register his name in the competition's list of winners.
Casas was accompanied to the podiumum by Dalmancio Langarica and Vicente Miró, in an edition that gathered in 57 cyclists in nine stages. Montjuïc was again the scene of the beginning and the finish of the Volta.
24a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||39km||Delio Rodríguez|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Manresa||70km||Ignacio Orbaiceta|
|3a stage||Manresa – Sitges||118km||Delio Rodríguez|
||Sitges – Reus (dos sectors)
4a Sitges – Cambrils
4b Cambrils – Reus
|5a stage||Reus – Lleida||111km||Dalmancio Langarica|
|6a stage||Lleida – Puigcerdà||186km||Cipriano Aguirrezabal|
|7a stage||Puigcerdà – Banyoles||133km||Julián Berrendero|
|8a stage||Banyoles – Granollers||144km||Julián Berrendero|
|9a stage||Granollers – Barcelona||117km||Fermín Trueba|
Podium: Miguel Casas / Dalmancio Langarica / Vicente Miró
With the end of the war in Europe, the Volta reached its 25th edition. To celebrate the anniversary of the 25 editions of the race, the Volta was extended until the 14 stages, from September 2th to 16th. The Volta passed through the four Catalan provinces, in the longest edition of its history.
Bernardo Ruiz was the protagonist and inscribed with all the honors his name in the 25th edition of the Volta. He was accompanied to the podiumum by Juan Gimeno, and the Swiss Robert Zimmermann.
25a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||45km||Enric Armengol|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Manresa||69km||Antonio Martín|
|3a stage||Manresa – Reus||136km||Vicente Carretero|
|4a stage||Reus – Tortosa||119km||Vicente Carretero|
|5a stage||Tortosa – Tarragona||142km||Miguel Gual|
|Tarragona – Tàrrega (dos sectors)
6a Tarragona – Valls
6b Valls – Tàrrega
|7a stage||Tàrrega – Gironella||112km||Miguel Gual|
|8a stage||Gironella – Tremp||150km||Vicente Carretero|
|9a stage||Tremp – La Seu d’Urgell||90km||Robert Zimmermann|
|10a stage||La Seu d’Urgel – Palafrugell||240km||Juan Gimeno|
|11a stage||Palafrugell – Girona||139km||Vicente Carretero|
|Girona – Manlleu (en dos sectors)
12a Girona – Lloret
12b Lloret – Manlleu
|13a stage||Manlleu – Granollers||180km||Vicente Carretero|
|14a stage||Granollers – Barcelona||132km||Miguel Gual|
Podium: Bernardo Ruiz / Juan Gimeno / Robert Zimmermann
After the 25th edition, the Volta returned to the 9 stages, from September 8th to 15th, 1946. The presence of foreign participants was remarkable again, but the Volta lived an old winner, Julian Berrendero, who had already won in the edition of 1943.
The Spaniard of San Agustín de Guadalix was accompanied to the podiumum by the Swiss Gottfied Weilenmann and Bernardo Capó.
La Volta remained firm in its 26th edition, with a lot of popular support during the month of September.
26a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Ignacio Orbaiceta|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Sabadell||98km||Miguel Gual|
|3a stage||Sabadell – Figueres||162km||Huub Sijen|
|4a stage||Figueres – Puigcerdà||148km||Julián Berrendero|
|5a stage||Puigcerdà – Manresa||215km||Miguel Gual|
|6a stage||Manresa – Lleida||212km||Ignacio Orbaiceta|
|7a stage||Lleida – Tortosa||203km||Pietro Tarchini|
|8a stage||Tortosa – Tarragona||242km||Bernardo Ruiz|
|9a stage||Tarragona – Barcelona||148km||Pietro Tarchini|
Podium: Julián Berrendero / Gottfried Weilenmann / Bernardo Capó
The edition of 1947 coincided with the 25th anniversary of the birth of UE Sants, the organizer of the cycling event and it had a great participation, with a total of 87 cyclists who took the start in Barcelona.
In an edition that was exciting and very hard, the victory went to Emilio Rodríguez, ahead of Miguel Gual and the Swiss Georges Aeschlimann. In fifth place appears one of the great protagonists of the Volta in the following years Miquel Poblet, who in this edition won three stages, the firsts of the 33 that he achieved until the end of his career, the absolute historical record.
27a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Antonio Gelabert|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Vic||109km||Miquel Poblet|
|3a stage||Vic – Figueres||126km||Emilio Rodríguez|
|4a stage||Figueres – Berga||172km||Miguel Gual|
|5a stage||Berga – La Seu d’Urgell||159km||Pedro Font|
|6a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Igualada||177km||Miguel Gual|
|7a stage||Igualada – Tortosa||207km||Miquel Poblet|
|8a stage||Tortosa – Tarragona||208km||Miguel Gual|
|9a stage||Tarragona – Barcelona||148km||Miquel Poblet|
Podium: Emilio Rodríguez / Miguel Gual / Georges Aeschlimann
The edition of 1948, the 28th edition of the Volta, was won again for Emilio Rodríguez, seconded to the podiumum by the Italians Giulio Bresci and Ezio Cecchi. The foreign participation was strong, and the Volta was followed by thousands of spectators on its way.
Miquel Poblet, from Montcada and Reixach, won two more stages demonstrating his ability to get partial victories, as could be seen throughout his career, especially in the Volta and the Giro d'Italia.
28a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Paul Neri|
|2a stage||Badalona – Figueres||131km||Miguel Gual|
|3a stage||Figueres – Vic||160km||Gabriel Saura|
|4a stage||Vic – Andorra||168km||Emilio Rodríguez|
|5a stage||Andorra – Lleida||254km||Elio Bertocchi|
|6a stage||Lleida- Tortosa||220km||Josep Serra|
|7a stage||Tortosa – Reus||117km||Miquel Poblet|
|8a stage||Reus – Manresa||206km||Miquel Poblet|
|9a stage||Manresa – Barcelona||128km||Dalmancio Langarica|
Podium: Emilio Rodríguez / Giulio Bresci / Ezio Cecchi
From the 18th to the 25th of September the 29th edition of the Volta was disputed. He did it with the traditional start in the Montjuïc Circuit, where Poblet won. La Volta presented a route with the novelty of a stage finale to Perpignan, where the Frenchman Robert Desbats won.
The race was for the Frenchman Emile Rol, who beat Poblet -four stage triumphs- and his compatriot Desbats.
29a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Miquel Poblet|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Vic||114km||Emile Rol|
|3a stage||Vic – Figueres||114km||Miquel Poblet|
|4a stage||Figueres – Perpignan||55km||George Roux|
|5a stage||Perpignan – Andorra||175km||Robert Desbats|
|6a stage||Andorra – Manresa||141km||Miquel Poblet|
|7a stage||Manresa – Reus||207km||Miquel Poblet|
|8a stage||Reus – Tortosa||86km||Armand Baeyens|
|9a stage||Tortosa – Vilanova i la Geltrú||137km||Angelo Menon|
|10a stage||Vilanova i la Geltrú – Barcelona||143km||Bernardo Capó|
Podium: Emile Rol / Miquel Poblet / Robert Desbats
La Volta entered the decade of the 50 with an edition that celebrated its 30 years, with 9 stages and which was played from September 17th to 24th. The national cyclists were the most prominent and the victory was for Antonio Gelabert, ahead Josep Serra and Francesc Masip.
Gelabert dominated the race from start to finish, and was leader from the first to the last stage, in a bunch where a total of 87 cyclists took the start.
30a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Antonio Gelabert|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Vilanova i la Geltrú||47km||Frans Loyaerts|
|3a stage||Vilanova i la Geltrú – Tortosa||140km||Mario Ricci|
|4a stage||Tortosa – Reus||119km||Desire Keteleer|
|5a stage||Reus – Andorra||263km||Bernardo Ruiz|
|6a stage||Andorra – Manresa||209km||Danilo Barozzi|
|7a stage||Manresa – Figueres||208km||Antonio Gelabert|
|8a stage||Figueres – Terrassa||150km||Dalmancio Langarica|
|9a stage||Terrassa – Barcelona||139km||Josep Serra|
Podium: Antonio Gelabert / Josep Serra / Francesc Masip
The Volta returns to the 7 stages, as at present, by obligation of the Union Cycliste International (UCI). With start in Calafell and final in Sabadell, the 51st edition was the one for Luis Ocaña, who finally inscribed his name to the track record.
Until the last stage, a time trial in Sabadell, Ocaña could not ensure his victory, by 20 seconds over the French Bernard Labourdette and 37 over Domingo Perurena.
Luis Ocaña, winner of the 1973 Tour, is another of the great names that give prestige to the track record of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.
51a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Calafell – Calafell||19,5km||KAS|
|1a stage||Calafell – Tarragona||163km||Domingo Perurena|
|2a stage||Tarragona – Manresa||214km||Domingo Perurena|
|3a stage||Manresa – Puigcerdà||243km||Jean Claude Genty|
|4a stage||Alp – Mollet – Sta Coloma Gramanet||206km||Guido Reybrouck|
|5a stage||5a Sta. Coloma Gramanet – Barcelona||171km||Primo Mori|
|CRI||5b Sabadell – Sabadell||16,5km||Luis Ocaña|
Catalunya and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya live good times, and strong sponsors started to promote the Volta. The race enters in its golden years with the same popular support that it had always enjoyed.
The Italian Felice Gimondi was the great winner of this edition, in a tight battle with Gonzalez Linares, who was only at 17 seconds of the victory. In this way, Gimondi got the victory in the Volta in his 4th participation.
The course was held from September 12th to 17th, with 64 cyclists and a notable participation.
52a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Tremp – Tremp||6,7km||KAS|
|1a stage||Tremp – Tarragona||211km||Domingo Perurena|
||2a Tarragona – Granollers
2b Granollers – S’Agaró
José Antonio G. Linares
|3a stage||Olot – La Seu d’Urgell||141km||Domingo Perurena|
|4a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Manresa||202km||Juan M. Santisteban|
|5a Manresa – Barcelona
5b Badalona – Badalona
Podium: Felice Gimondi / José Antonio González Linares / Antonio Martos
The 53rd edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was held in 10 stages from September 12th to 19th, starting in Amposta and ending with a stage between Vielha and Mijaran and Lleida. Despite the participation of figures such as Ocaña, Battaglin or Fuente, the victory was for the Spaniard Domingo Perurena.
Perurena beat Jesus Manzaneque and Antonio Martos, in another very tied edition, since only 6 seconds separated Perurena from Manzaneque.
53a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Amposta – Amposta||4,7km||Jesús Manzaneque|
|1a stage||Amposta – Tarragona||164km||Domingo Perurena|
|2a stage||Tarragona – Manresa||160km||Antonio Martos|
|3a Manresa – Badalona
3b Circuit de Montjuïc
||4a Badalona – Sant Antoni de Calonge
4b St Ant. Calonge – St. Joan Abadesses
|5a stage||St. Joan Abadesses – Andorra la Vella||145km||Domingo Perurena|
|6a stage||Organyà – Vielha e Mijaran||189km||Jesús Manzaneque|
|7a stage||Vielha e Mijaran – Lleida||193km||Herman Van Springel|
Podium: Domingo Perurena / Jesús Manzaneque / Antonio Martos
The Volta of 1974 had another great winner, the French Bernard Thévenet, who surpassed Andrés Oliva and the winner of the previous year, Domingo Perurena. The race was held in 10 stages from September 4th to 11th, starting in Lleida and ending in Manresa.
A total of 63 cyclists in powerful teams such as the KAS, the Peugeot - BP - Michelin, the BIC or the Casera - Bahamontes took the start in Lleida.
54a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Lleida – Lleida||1,1km||José Martins|
|1a stage||Lleida – La Sènia||186km||Domingo Perurena|
|2a stage||La Sènia – Cunit||206km||Miguel Mari Lasa|
||3a Cunit – Montcada i Reixac
3b Circuit de Montjuïc
|4a stage||Montcada – Alt Mas Nou (Platja d’Aro)||166km||Bernard Thévenet|
|5a stage||Platja d’Aro – Campdevànol||158km||Jaime Huélamo|
|6a stage||Campdevànol – Andorra la Vella||131km||José Pesarrodona|
||7a Organyà – Cardona
7b Cardona – Manresa
|Vicente López Carril
Podium: Bernard Thévenet / Andrés Oliva / Domingo Perurena
The last edition of the Volta with the living dictator had a completely international podiumum: The Italian Fausto Bertoglio won the Vuelta, ahead of the French Michel Laurent and the Portuguese José Martins.
The 55th edition was held from September 3th to 10th, beginning in Santa Coloma de Gramanet and ending in Terrassa.
Domingo Perurena, with three stages won, faced the dominance of the foreigners, who won the remaining stages and capitalized the podiumum.
55a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Circuit urbà Sta. Coloma de Gramenet||2,3km||Domingo Perurena|
||1a Sta. Coloma Gramenet – Barcelona
1b Barcelona – Tarragona
|2a stage||Tarragona – Artesa de Segre||158km||Eddy Peelman|
|3a stage||Artesa de Segre – Camprodon||208km||Pierino Gavazzi|
|4a stage||Camprodon – Le Barcarès (Fr)||156km||Eddy Peelman|
|5a stage||Le Barcarès – Alt Mas Nou (Platja Aro)||198km||Giovanni Battaglin|
|6a stage||Platja d’Aro – Manresa||174km||Domingo Perurena|
|7a Manresa – Martorell
Martorell – Terrassa
Podium: Fausto Bertoglio / Michel Laurent / Jose Martins
Again, the Volta had foreign prominence with names like Bertoglio, the Portuguese Agostinho or the Belgian De Vlaeminck, but the triumph was for the young Enrique Martínez Heredia, ahead of the Belgian Ronald de Witte and Agustín Tamames.
The 56th Volta was the first without the dictator since 1936 and Catalonia and Spain began to take the first steps towards democracy. From September 3rd to 10th, with 10 stages, the Volta was celebrated with 64 cyclists.
56a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Circuit urbà Amposta||4,7km||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|1a stage||Amposta – Almacelles||204km||Marino Basso|
|2a stage||Almacelles – Sort||192km||Roger de Valeminck|
|3a stage||Oliana – Mollet||155km||Ronald de Witte|
||4a Circuit Las Rambles (Barcelona)
4b Mollet – Manresa
|Roger De Vlaeminck
|5a stage||Manresa – Alt Mas Nou (Platja d’Aro)||209km||José Enrique Cima|
|6a stage||Platja d’Aro – Turó de l’Home||150km||José Enrique Cima|
|7a stage CRI
||7a Sant Celoni – Argentona
7b Mataró – Sitges
Podium: Enrique Martínez Heredia / Ronald de Witte / Agustín Tamames
The Volta of 1977, the one of the 57th edition, had the great novelty in the route: visiting the island of Menorca, in a 4th stage with two sectors: from Ciutadella to Monte Toro and from Es Mercadal to Mahón. A logistical challenge for the organization.
The race came out of Sitges with 64 cyclists, including some big names like the Dutch Joop Zoetemelk, or the Belgians Johan de Muynck and Freddy Maertens. These three names dominated the podiumum, with absolute victory for Maertens, winner also of the Vuelta a España of 1977 and who won in five stages of the Volta. A crushing domain.
57a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Circuit Sitges||4,1km||Freddy Maertens|
|1a stage||Sitges – Balaguer||213km||Freddy Maertens|
|2a stage||Montgai – Coll de la Botella (And)||151km||José Enrique Cima|
||3a Oliana – Manresa
3b Manresa – Barcelona
|Eddy Van Haerens
||4a Ciutadella – Monte Toro
4b Es Mercadal – Maó
|5a stage||Montcada i Reixac – Alt Mas Nou||165km||Johan De Muynck|
|6a stage||Platja d’Aro – La Garriga||181km||Enrique Mrtz Heredia|
|7a stage CRI
||7a La Garriga – Granollers
7b Granollers – Sitges
Podium: Freddy Maertens / Johan De Muynck / Joop Zoetemelk
After many years, the poster of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya of 1978 refers to the sponsorship of the Generalitat de Catalunya, which was re-established during the transition. The 58th edition of the Volta was held from September 7th to 14th.
The great name of this Volta, as was the Belgian Maertens in the previous one, was that of the Italian Francesco Moser, who in an edition with start and finish in Sitges managed to take the Volta of the year 78 with names such as Perurena, Lejarreta, Belda or the Belgian Van Looy.
In addition to the general classification, Moser won up to four stages of the Volta, demonstrating its superiority.
58a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Circuit Sitges||4,1km||Francesco Moser|
|1a stage||Sitges – L’Espluga de Francolí||173,6km||Francesco Moser|
|2a stage||L’Espluga de Francolí – Guissona||157km||Miguel Mari Lasa|
||3a Circuit Les Rambles (Barcelona)
3b Premià de Dalt – Alt Mas Nou
|Frans Van Looy
|4a stage||Platja d’Aro – Pardines||149km||Antoine Houbrechts|
|5a stage||Ribes de Freser – Coll de Pal (Bagà)||206km||Francisco Galdós|
|6a stage||Bagà – Manresa||179km||José Manuel García|
||7a El Vendrell – El Vendrell
7b Comarruga (El Vendrell) – Sitges
Podium: Francesco Moser / Francisco Galdós / Pedro Torres
For the third year in a row, the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya had as city of departure and at the end of the race the municipality of Sitges, in an edition that was remembered in history because the winner had one of the tightest rents in the history of the race, since the Volta was decided only for two seconds.
The small cyclist Vicente Belda had enough with two seconds of margin on Pedro Viladerbó and the French Christian Jourdan, in an edition with other important names like the Italian Giuseppe Saronni or the Belgian Lucien Van Impe.
71 cyclists took part in this Volta so exciting that it was decided in the last time trial between Platja d'Aro and Tossa de Mar.
59a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Circuit Sitges||4,1km||Giuseppe Saronni|
|1a stage||Sitges – El Vendrell||183km||Pedro Viladerbó|
||2a El Vendrell – Barcelona
2b Premià de Dalt – La Garriga
|3a stage||La Garriga – Manresa||162km||José Luis López Cerrón|
|4a stage||Àger – Espot||199km||Josef Fuchs|
|5a stage||La Pobla de Segur – Coll de Pal (Bagà)||207km||Ricardo Zúñiga|
|6a stage||Bagà – Alt del Mas Nou (Platja d’Aro)||170km||Christian Jourdan|
|7a stage CRI
||7a Platja d’Aro – Tossa de Mar
7b Tossa de Mar – Sitges
|Lucien Van Impe
Podium: Vicente Belda / Pedro Viladerbó / Christian Jourdan
The Volta of 1980, the 60th edition, had a luxury affiche, and not only by the list of cyclists such as Van Impe, Belda, Lejarreta, Van de Velde or Nilssen, but because the official poster was designed by the artist Joan Miró. In addition, La Caixa continued a long relationship as the main sponsor of the race.
With 96 cyclists and 10 stages, the Volta was held from September 3rd to 10th. Finally the victory was for Marino Lejarreta, TEKA team, who won the Dutch Johan Van de Velde and the winner of the previous year Vicente Belda.
Lejarreta's victory was only 34 seconds over Van de Velde, in an edition that started in Sant Carles de la Ràpita and ended in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat.
60a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Sant Carles de la Ràpita||3,2km||Juan Fernández|
|1a stage||Sant Carles de la Ràpita – Lleida||182km||Johan Van de Velde|
|2a stage||Lleida – L’Espluga de Francolí||178km||José Luis López Cerrón|
|3a stage||L’Espluga de Francolí – Mollet||174km||Marcel Laurens|
||4a Barcelona – Alt Tibidabo
4b Mollet – Alt del Mas Nou
|Johan Van de Velde
Johan Van de Velde
|5a stage||Girona – Manresa||191km||Johan Van de Velde|
|6a stage||Cardona – Llívia||176km||Juan Fernández|
|7a stage CRI
||7a Vic – Vic
7b Vic – L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
Jesús Suárez Cueva
Podium: Marino Lejarreta / JOhan Van de Velde / Vicente Belda
The edition number 61 of the Volta finished with surprise, thanks to a breakaway that gave the final victory to a good cyclist like Faustino Rupérez, but who was not favorite among other names like Lejarreta, Belda, Van de Velde or especially Freddy Maertens.
The list of foreign cyclists was still spectacular and proof of this is that except for the stage that Vicente Belda won, the rest of stages were won for foreign cyclists among Belgians, Swiss and Dutch.
Rupérez took a sufficient advantage in the fifth stage to ensure the victory ahead of the Swiss Serge Demierre, his break partner, and Marino Lejarreta who lost a good opportunity to revalidate the Volta of the previous year.
61a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Platja d’Aro||3,8km||Daniel Gisiger|
|1a stage||Platja d’Aro – L’Estartit||190km||Johan Van de Velde|
||2a Torroella Montgrí – St. Joan Despí
2b Barcelona – Barcelona
|Johan Van de Velde
Ad Van Hoek
|3a stage||Barcelona – Arbúcies||155km||Vicente Belda|
|4a stage||Manlleu – Andorra||180km||Johan Van de Velde|
|5a stage||Coll de Nargó – Lleida||179km||Serge Demierre|
|6a stage||Lleida – Salou||184km||Guy Janiszewski|
|7a stage CRI
||7a Vilafranca del Penedès – Vilafranca
7b Vilafranca del Penedès – Manresa
Podium: Faustino Rúperez / Serge Demierre / Marino Lejarreta
Starting in Platja d'Aro and ending in Salou, between the 8th and 15th of September the 62nd edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was celebrated. Despite the presence of renowned cyclists such as Van de Velde, the victory was for Alberto Fernández (TEKA), in an edition with less mountain stages than usual.
The decisive time trial of Cambrils in the first sector of the last stage was for Alberto Fernández, who sentenced the Volta ahead Pedro Muñoz (Zor - Gemeaz) and Julián Gorospe (Reynolds).
62a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Platja d’Aro – Platja d’Aro||3,8km||Daniel Gisiger|
|1a stage||Platja d’Aro – Ogassa||177km||José Luis Laguía|
||2a Ogassa – Mataró
2b Barcelona – Barcelona
|Johan Van de Velde
José Luis Laguía
|3a stage||Barcelona – Lleida||183km||Ludo Peeters|
|4a stage||Lleida – Vielha e Mijaran||199km||Angel Ocaña|
|5a stage||El Pont de Suert – Manresa||196km||Ismael Lejarreta|
|6a stage||Manresa – Vilanova i la Geltrú||145km||Ludo Peeters|
||7a Cambrils – Cambrils
7b Cambrils – Salou
Podium: Alberto Fernandéz / Pedro Muñoz / Julián Gorospe
80 cyclists took the start from Salou in the Volta of 1983, the 63rd in its history, with a less prolific participation of foreigners respecting previous years. With 10 stages, the podiumum was led by José Recio, from Kelme, ahead of Faustino Rupérez and the Swiss Julius Thalmann.
In the fifth position of the general classification Pedro Delgado, "Perico", participated for the first time to the Catalan race. The 1983 Volta finished with a time trial won by Julián Gorospe.
63a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Salou – Salou||3,8km||Bert Oosterbosch|
|1a stage||Salou – Amposta||194km||Frank Hoste|
|2a stage||Amposta – Lleida||168km||Ludo Peeters|
||3a Lleida – Esplugues de Llobregat
3b Barcelona – Barcelona
|4a stage||Barcelona – Olot||172km||Ludo Peeters|
|5a stage||Olot – Platja d’Aro||159km||Gilbert Glaus|
|6a stage||Girona – Manresa||204km||José Recio|
|7a Piera – Igualada
7b Igualada – Igualada
Podium: José Recio
The Volta of 1984 had a great protagonist and absolute winner, the Irish Sean Kelly, of the Skil-Reydel-Sem team. The Irishman won in four stages, despite facing a rival who gave everything to win the Volta, Pedro Muñoz, who lost by points because he registered the same time as Kelly.
The fight between the two riders occurred until the last moment at the end of the Volta in Girona, which put the end to a great edition. In the third position of the podiumum finished Ángel Arroyo (Reynolds).
64a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Platja d’Aro||3,8km||Jesús Blanco Villar|
|1a stage||Platja d’Aro – Sant Boi de Llobregat||175km||Sean Kelly|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Tarragona||192km||Alfonso Gutiérrez|
|3a stage||Tarragona – Tàrrega||186km||Eddy Van Haerens|
||4a Tàrrega – Barcelona
4b Sant Boi de Llobregat – Manresa
|5a stage||Manresa -Alt Puigmal (Planoles)||147km||Pedro Muñoz|
|6a stage||Planoles – Llançà||179km||Serge Demierre|
|7a stage CRI
||7a Llançà – Sant Pere de Roda
7b Llançà – Girona
Ronny Van Holden
Podium: Sean Kelly / Pedro Muñoz / Ángel Arroyo
A luxury participation gave rise to the 1985 Volta, in its 65th edition. Sean Kelly, the winner of 1984, the Scottish Robert Millar, the Frenchman Marc Madiot, Julián Gorospe, Álvaro Pino, Vicente Belda, Pedro Delgado ... in short, a very talented race.
From September 4th to 11th in 10 stages a Volta was held with the start in Llançà and the final in Salou. The final podiumum was headed by Millar, by only three seconds against Kelly and 35 over Gorospe, in a very tied Volta.
65a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Llançà – Llançà||3,8km||José Recio|
|1a stage||Llançà – Platja d’Aro||157km||Alfonso Gutiérrez|
|2a stage||Platja d’Aro – Puigcerdà||192km||Sean Kelly|
|3a stage||Puigcerdà – Manresa||187km||José Recio|
||4a Manresa – Barcelona
4b Esplugues Ll. – St. Sadurní d’Anoia
|5a stage||Barcelona – Lleida||182km||Juan Martínez Oliver|
|6a stage||Lleida – Mont Caro (Roquetes)||185km||Alirio Chibazas|
|7a stage CRI
||Tortosa – Tortosa
Tortosa – Salou
Podium: Robert Millar / Sean Kelly / Julián Gorospe
The 75th anniversary of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya deserved a spectacular edition, and so it was. La Volta arrived for the first time at l'Alguer, the island of Sardinian Catalan-speaking, in an important logistical challenge. That is why this edition had eleven stages, between September 9th and 18th, 1986. The official poster was the work of the artist Antoni Tàpies and the race received the Creu de Sant Jordi from the Generalitat de Catalunya.
In addition, the participation registered great names like Sean Kelly, Laurent Fignon, Pedro Delgado, José Recio, Marino Lejarreta, Pedro Muñoz, Julián Gorospe or Álvaro Pino.
The triumph of this special edition was again for Sean Kelly, with more than a minute and a half of margin on Álvaro Pino and the French Charly Mottet. The mountain of Vallter 2000, important in the current times of the race, decided the Volta along with the Alghero chrono.
66a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Platja d’Aro – Platja||4,5km||Jorg Müller|
|1a stage||Platja d’Aro – Badalona||181km||Frank Hoste|
||2a Barcelona – Valls
2b Valls – Salou
|3a stage||Salou – Lleida||160km||Frank Hoste|
|4a stage||Solsona – Vallter 2000||171km||Juan Fernández|
||5a Camprodon – Vic
5b Vic – Manresa
Peio Ruiz Cabestany
|6a stage||Manresa – L’Hospitalet LL.||136km||Fede Etxabe|
|7a stage CRI||L’Alguer – L’Alguer||30km||Sean Kelly|
|8a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||112km||Leo Wellens|
Podium: Sean Kelly / Álvaro Pino / Charly Mottet
The death of Mariano Cañardo weeks before the Volta marked the 67th edition of the race. It was the farewell to the seven times winner of the Volta, the great hero of the decade of the 30s. The Irishman Sean Kelly was looking for his 3rd Volta, but this time the glory was for Álvaro Pino (BH).
The Galician Pino won over Angel Arroyo and Iñaki Gastón, who accompanied him on the podiumum. To highlight the first participation in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya of a young Miguel Indurain, with the team Reynolds-Seur, who did not need much time to make his mark on the race.
The Volta of 1987 was held in 10 stages from 9th to 17th September, starting at Sant Sadurní d'Anoia and ending at Platja d'Aro.
67a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||St. Sadurní d’Anoia – St. Sadurní d’Anoia||4,8km||Sean Kelly|
|1a stage||St. Sadurní d’Anoia – Tortosa||195km||Sean Kelly|
|2a stage||Tortosa – Salou||165km||Stefan Joho|
|3a stage||Salou – Barcelona||150km||Daniele Caroli|
|4a stage||Barcelona – Lleida||183km||Maurizio Fondriest|
|5a stage||Tuca Betrem (Vielha) – Baqueira Beret||185km||Álvaro Pino|
|6a stage||Tremp – Manresa||173km||Jorg Müller|
|7a stage||Manresa – Olot||168km||Marino Alonso|
|8a stage CRI
||8a Banyoles – Banyoles
8b Banyoles – Platja d’Aro
Jean Claude Bagot
Podium: Álvaro Pino / Ángel Arroyo / Iñaki Gastón
Indeed, the Volta of 1988 was the first of the three victories of Miguel Indurain in the overall classification of the race. The Navarre won in the 68th edition by only 8 seconds to Laudelino Cubino (BH) and by 44 seconds to Marino Lejarreta.
With only 8 stages, the Volta of 1988 was held from September 2nd to 7th, starting in Salou and finishing in Lleida. Precisely the Tremp time trial, on the last day of competition, was key to the victory of the Navarre.
Indurain, only 24 years old, began to write his story in the Volta. His career has been one of the biggest in the history of cycling, with 5 consecutive Tours and 2 Giro, in addition to numerous victories in other races.
68a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Salou – Salou||157km||Mathieu Hermans|
|2a stage||La Pineda (Salou) -St. Joan Despí||192km||Alfonso Gutiérrez|
|3a stage CRE
||3a L’Hospitalet de Ll. – Barcelona
3b Barcelona – Platja d’Aro
|Del Tongo - Colnago
|4a stage||Platja d’Aro – Manresa||175km||Miguel Ángel Iglesias|
|5a stage||Bagà – Super Espot||188km||Arsenio González|
|6a stage CRI
||6a Tremp – Tremp
6b Tremp – Lleida
Podium: Miguel Indurain / Laudelino Cubino / Marino Lejarreta
The 69th edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was again very exciting because of the little difference between the first positions. The victory was, nine years after his first absolute victory in the Volta, for Marino Lejarreta (Paternina), ahead of Perico Delgado (Reynolds), who was only 9 seconds away from the absolute triumph.
Delgado, who had achieved his greatest success the previous year by winning the Tour de France and this same 1989 had won the Vuelta a España, could not achieve the victory in the Volta despite its good performance.
The podiumum was completed by Álvaro Pino, while Tony Rominger and Miguel Indurain stayed within the Top-10. The race, from September 2nd to 8th, began in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat and ended in Platja d'Aro.
69a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||L’Hospitalet de Ll. – L’Hospitalet de Ll.||146km||Mathieu Hermans|
|2a L’Hospitalet Ll. – Comarruga
2b Comarruga – Comarruga
|3a stage||El Vendrell – Tàrrega||199km||Jean P. Van Poppel|
|4a stage||Tàrrega – Manresa||150km||Marino Alonso|
|5a stage||Manresa – Port del Compte||169km||Thierry Claveyrolat|
|6a Solsona – Barcelona
6b Barcelona – Cerdanyola del V.
|Manuel J. Domínguez
|7a stage||Cerdanyola del V. – Platja d’Aro||189km||Nico Emonds|
Podium: Marino Lejarreta / Pedro Delgado / Álvaro Pino
The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya reached its 70th edition with the entry in the 90s, in an edition marked by heavy rains that significantly affected the event. Even the third stage between Salou and Tarragona had to be suspended.
Still a vibrant edition of the Volta was lived with a 100% Spanish podiumum, with the victory of Laudelino Cubero (BH - Amaya), accompanied on the podiumum by Marino Lejarreta (ONCE) and Perico Delgado (Banesto).
With the decade of the 90 appeared classic teams of cycling like the ONCE, the Banesto or the KELME. The Volta of the year 90 began in the Plaça Sant Jaume in Barcelona and ended after 9 stages (from September 7 to 13) in Girona.
70a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||168km||Malcolm Elliot|
|2a stage||St. Sadurní d’Anoia – Salou||170km||Mathieu Hermans|
|3a stage CRE
||3a Salou – Tarragona
3b Tarragona – Lleida
|- susp -
|4a stage||Lleida – Port del Compte||159km||Jesús Montoya|
|5a stage||Port del Compte – Manlleu||170km||Iñaki Gastón|
|6a stage||Manlleu – Platja d’Aro||166km||Marco Lietti|
|7a stage||7a Palamós – Palafrugell||29,1km||Erik Breukink|
|7b Palafrugell – Girona||74km||Per Pedersen|
Podium: Laudelino Cubino / Marino Lejarreta / Pedro Delgado
From September 6th to 12th, the 71st edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was played with a luxury winner, Miguel Indurain, who achieved his second victory in the Catalan race, after starting his reign in the Tour de France.
The victory of the Navarrese was consolidated in the Tarragona time trial, where he prevailed with superiority to his main rivals. In fact, the second position was for his teammate in Banesto Perico Delgado, and in third position ended the ONCE Swiss Alex Zülle.
The climb to Mont Caro (Tortosa) was less decisive for the good performance of Indurain in the mountains. The 1991 Volta finished in Tortosa with the victory of Uzbekistan sprinter Djamolidine Abdoujaparov.
71a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||Manresa – Manresa||17km||ONCE|
|2a stage||Manresa – Platja d’Aro||181km||Mathieu Hermans|
|3a stage||3a Blanes – Barcelona
3b Barcelona – Rubí
|4a stage||Rubí – Mollerussa||172km||Alfonso Gutiérrez|
|5a stage CRI||Tarragona – Tarragona||25,2km||Miguel Indurain|
|6a stage||Salou – Mont Caro (Roquetes)||158km||Luis Herrera|
|7a stage||Tortosa – Tortosa||175km||Djam. Abdoujaparov|
Podium: Miguel Indurain / Pedro Delgado / Alex Zülle
In a fundamental sport year for Catalonia and Barcelona, with the celebration of the Olympic Games in the Catalan capital, the 72nd edition of the Volta was celebrated with an excellent participation, with cyclists such as Miguel Indurain, the Italian Gianni Bugno, the French Laurent Jalabert , the Swiss Tony Rominger, the Belgian Johan Bruyneel or the Dutch Erik Breukink.
The triumph was for the second consecutive year for Miguel Indurain, who got his third Volta in this way - the last of his impressive track record. He was accompanied on the podiumum by Rominger and a young Antonio Martín.
The Volta of 1992 started with a team trial chrono with victory of the ONCE in Sant Carles de la Ràpita and ended in Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Laurent Jalabert, with three stage victories and the initial team chrono, was one of the great protagonists.
72a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||St. Carles de la Ràpita||7,4km||ONCE|
|2a stage||St. Carles de la Ràpita – Lleida||202km||Laurent Jalabert|
|3a stage||Lleida – Calaf||192,8km||Jean F. Bernard|
|4a stage CRI||Igualada – Igualada||21,5km||Alex Zülle|
|5a stage||5a L’Hospitalet de Ll. – Barcelona
5b Barcelona – Platja d’Aro
|6a stage||Platja d’Aro – Vallter 2000||154km||Tony Rominger|
|7a stage||Llanars – Sant Feliu de Guíxols||172km||Laurent Jalabert|
Podium: Miguel Indurain / Tony Rominger / Antonio Martín
Miguel Indurain could not get his third consecutive Volta in an edition with final surprise, since the favorites saw as the Colombian Álvaro Mejía (Motorola) claimed the final triumph.
Names such as Claudio Chiapucci, Maurizio Fondriest and Alex Zülle gave prestige to the race, which began in Sant Feliu de Guíxols and ended in Vielha e Mijaran, with triumphs for Fondriest in the two time trials.
The 73rd edition of the Volta was held from 9th to 15th September with a route that went through cities such as Salou, l'Hospitalet de Llobregat or Granollers.
73a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Sant Feliu de Guíxols||6,8km||Maurizio Fondriest|
|2a stage||St. Feliu de Guíxols – L’Hospitalet Ll.||181km||Marcel Wüst|
|3a stage||L’Hospitalet de Ll. – Salou||180km||Jean Paul Van Poppel|
|4a stage||Salou – Barcelona||148km||Laurent Jalabert|
|5a stage||Granollers – Granollers||164km||Laurent Jalabert|
|6a stage||Torà – Pla de Beret||196km||Antonio Martín|
|7a stage CRI||Lès – Vielha e Mijaran||18,9km||Maurizio Fondriest|
Podium: Álvaro Mejía / Maurizio Fondriest / Antonio Martín
The 74th edition of the Vuelta took place from September 8th to 14th, starting at l'Hospitalet de Llobregat and ending at Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Another illustrious name was added to the track record of the Volta with the victory of the Italian team Carrera Claudio Chiapucci.
Chiapucci obtained a sufficient advantage with his victory in the ski resort of Boí - Taüll and exceeded by only 21 seconds Fernando Escartín and 30 Pedro Delgado, in his last year as a professional. Delgado finished again on the podiumum of the Volta, which could never win despite having tried in many editions.
As a curiosity, the 1994 edition saw the participation of the Texan Lance Armstrong, at that time an off-road racer who had been world champion the previous year in Oslo.
No one suspected at that time the influence it would have on world cycling in the years after, nor its golden age nor its descent to hell because of doping.
74a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRI||L’Hospitalet de Llobregat||5,9km||Alex Zülle|
|2a stage||L’Hospitalet de Ll. – La Sènia||234km||Simone Biasci|
|3a stage||Santa Bàrbara – Barcelona||217km||Simone Biasci|
|4a stage||Lleida – Alt de Boí Taüll||166km||Claudio Chiapucci|
|5a stage||Balneari de Caldes de Boí – Lleida||188km||Laurent Jalabert|
|6a stage||Martorell – Martorell||151km||Massimo Donati|
|7a stage CRI||St. Feliu de Guíxols – St. Feliu de G.||15,6km||Aitor Garmendia|
Podium: Claudio Chiapucci / Fernando Escartín / Pedro Delgado
The main novelty of the edition that commemorated the 75th edition of the race was the forced change of dates. The Volta left the month of September - where the Vuelta a España took over - and settled in the month of June.
Laurent Jalabert's conversion from sprinter to stage winner began to consolidate in this edition, where the ONCE Frenchman beat his teammate, the Catalan Melcior Mauri, by 46 seconds, and Jesus Montoya.
The great dominator of the sprints was the Italian Mario Cipollini, a true specialist who left his mark on the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.
75a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Manlleu – Monestir de Montserrat||191km||Laurent Jalabert|
|2a stage||Manresa – Torredembarra||172km||Mario Cipollini|
|3a stage||Torredembarra – Barcelona||169,5km||Mario Cipollini|
|4a stage||Bellver de Cerdanya – Alt Boi Taüll||227km||José M. Jiménez|
|5a stage||Vall de Boi – Lleida||163km||Mario Cipollini|
|6a stage CRI||Sant Sadurní d’Anoia (Segura Viudas)||17km||Melcior Mauri|
|7a stage||Barcelona – Olot||198,4km||Laurent Jalabert|
Podium: Alex Zülle / Patrcik Jonker / Marco Fincato
In the 1996 edition, also held on the dates of the month of June, it was the turn of the victory for the ONCE Swiss Alex Zülle. The ONCE was imposed for the second consecutive year in the Volta, on a podiumum that also completed the teammate, the Australian Patrick Jonker, and the Italian Marco Fincato.
Cipollini, with two stage wins, was the king of the sprints, in an edition with start to Platja d'Aro and final in Igualada, with presence in the theme park of Port Aventura and in France, with the arrival in Superbagnères of Luchon.
All the stage victories were for foreign runners: Zülle, three stages, Cipollini, two stages, the Italian Marco Saligari, the Australian Jonker and the German Wust, a stage.
76a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Platja d’Aro||8,2km||Alex Zülle|
|1a stage||Platja d’Aro – Manresa||191km||Marco Saligari|
|2a stage||St. Sadurní d’Anoia – Barcelona||147km||Mario Cipollini|
|3a stage CRI||Martinet – Lles de Cerdanya||13,5km||Alex Zülle|
|4a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Superbagnères (Fr)||190km||Patrick Jonker|
|5a stage||Luchon (Fr) – Lleida||188km||Mario Cipollini|
|6a stage||Vila-seca - Port Aventura||20,4km||Alex Zülle|
|7a stage||Port Aventura (Salou) – Igualada||190km||Marcel Wust|
Podium: Alex Zülle / Patrcik Jonker / Marco Fincato
From 19th to 26th June, with the start in Vila-seca and final in Andorra la Vella, the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya lived its 77th edition with great emotion thanks to the minimum advantage obtained by the winner of that edition, the Kelme - Costa Blanca Fernando Escartín.
The climber beat Ángel Luis Casero, from Banesto, by two seconds, and Mikel Zarrabeitia, from ONCE, by 26 seconds; while one of the big favorites, the Russian Pavel Tonkov, could only be fifth.
Escartín won the stage with Alto del Cortijo Nuevo, and one of the great protagonists was the British Chris Boardman, who dominated the time trial stages with two stage victories. La Volta was one of the most prestigious victories in Escartín's career.
77a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||1a Vila-seca – La Pineda (Vila-seca)||72km||Jan Svorada|
|CRI||1bPort Aventura – La Pineda (Vila-seca)||7,8km||Chris Boardman|
|2a stage||Port Aventura (Vila-seca) – Lleida||164km||Jan Svorada|
|3a stage||Les Borges Blanques – Manresa||187km||Sergei Outschakov|
|4a stage||St. Joan Despí – Barcelona||130km||Jan Svorada|
|5a stage CRI||Vic – Vic||22,1km||Chris Boardman|
|6a stage||Casa Tarradellas – Alt Mas Nou||161km||Fernando Escartín|
|7a stage||Girona – Estació de Pal (And)||234km||Bo Hamburger|
|8a stage||Andorra la Vella – Andorra la Vella||188km||Sergei Outschakov|
Podium: Fernando Escartín / Ángel Luis Casero / Mikel Zarrabeitia
The 78th edition of the Volta, also held in June, a date that was consolidating in the cycling calendar, showed the great potential of the Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini (Saeco Cannondale), who won in four stages: Vila-seca, El Vendrell, Barcelona and Manlleu.
Apart from the partial triumphs of Cipollini, the Volta del 98 was the scene of the struggle between the Colombian Hernán Buenahora, the German Georg Totschnig and the winner of the previous edition Fernando Escartín.
Buenahora, from Vitalicio Seguros, took advantage of the mountainous profile of the Volta, with finishes in Andorra, Boí Taüll and Arcalís, and claimed a brilliant victory against Totschnig for only 8 seconds.
The Volta continued to bring together the best cyclists on the international and national scene such as Frank Vanderbroucke, Lance Armstrong, Mario Cipollini, Abraham Olano, Chris Boardman, Melcior Mauri, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, Oscar Sevilla...
78a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||1a Vila-seca – La Pineda (Vila-seca)||79km||Mario Cipollini|
|CRI||1bPort Aventura – La Pineda (Vila-seca)||7,8km||Chris Boardman|
|2a stage||Port Aventura (Vila-seca) – El Vendrell||173km||Mario Cipollini|
|3a stage||El Vendrell – Barcelona||151km||Mario Cipollini|
|4a stage||La Piara (Manlleu) – Manlleu||198km||Mario Cipollini|
|5a stage CRI||Girona – Girona||18km||Chris Boardman|
|6a stage||Tàrrega – Alt de Boí Taüll||180km||Hernán Buenahora|
|7a stage CRI||Vall de Boí – Alt d’Arcalís (And)||231km||Hernán Buenahora|
|8a stage||Andorra la Vella – Andorra la Vella||190km||Fernando Escartín|
Podium: Hernán Buenahora / Georg Totschnig / Fernando Escartín
The last edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya of the 20th century saw the victory of a luxury gregarious, as was the runner of Jaén Manuel "Triki" Beltrán (Banesto) who finished first on a 100% Spanish podiumum, with Roberto Heras (Kelme ) and José María Jiménez (Banesto).
But the sports field was in the background due to the tragic death of the cyclist Manolo Sanromà, who fell in the sprint of the second stage in Vilanova i la Geltrú and died as a result of the accident. The stage of the following day was cancelled.
The 79th edition of the race started with a prologue in Vila-seca, with Casero's triumph, and it was quite mountainous with arrivals in Andorra and the end with a time trial to La Rabassa, where Beltrán triumphed.
Mario Cipollini added two more stage victories to the sprint, proving that he had no rival in the massive arrivals.
79a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|Pròleg||Vila-seca – Vila-seca||8km||Ángel Luis Casero|
|1a stage||Port Aventura (Vila-seca) – Tortosa||161km||Mario Cipollini|
|2a stage||Tortosa – Vilanova i la Geltrú||172km||Mario Cipollini|
|3a stage||Vilanova i la Geltrú – Barcelona||156km||- susp-|
|4a stage||Badalona – Badalona||182km||Erik Zabel|
|5a stage||El Masnou – Banyoles||175km||Erik Zabel|
|6a stage||Banyoles - Cortals d’Encamp (And)||197km||Roberto Heras|
|7a stage CRI||St. Julià de Lòria – Alt La Rabassa (And)||14,2km||Manuel Beltrán|
Podium: Manuel Beltrán / Roberto Heras / José María Jiménez
The 21st century gave way to the 80th edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, from June 15th to 22th, with a format similar to the previous edition. Starts in Vila-seca and ends at Alto de la Rabassa. The fight for victory was again among Spanish riders.
José María "Chava" Jiménez got a magnificent absolute win ahead of Óscar Sevilla (Kelme) and his Italian teammate Leonardo Piepoli. Jiménez won the last two stages of the mountain and made the audience vibrate.
On the other hand, the German sprinter Erik Zabel took the relay of Cipollini and imposed himself in two stages to the sprint, in Vilanova i la Geltrú and in Badalona.
80a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||La Pineda – Port Aventura (Vila-Seca)||21,8km||ONCE|
|2a stage||Port Aventura – Vilanova i la Geltrú||160km||Erik Zabel|
|3a stage||Vilanova i la Geltrú – Badalona||153km||Erik Zabel|
|4a stage||Badalona – Barcelona||158km||Gabrielle Missaglia|
|5a stage||Argentona – Roses||159km||Gabrielle Missaglia|
|6a stage||Roses – Prades (FR)||163km||Gabrielle Missaglia|
|7a stage||Prades (Fr) – Cortals d’Encamp (And)||154km||José M. Jiménez|
|8a stage CRI||St. Julià de Lòria – Alt La Rabassa||12,6km||José M. Jiménez|
Podium: José María Jiménez / Óscar Sevilla / Leonardo Piepoli
From June 21st to 28th the edition number 81 of the Volta was celebrated with the triumph, again, of a Spanish cyclist, who in recent years completely dominated the Catalan race.
After the victories in previous years of Escartín, Beltrán, Jiménez ... came the triumph of another classic like Joseba Beloki (ONCE).
His teammate Igor González de Galdeano accompanied him to the podiumum, 33 seconds, with Fernando Escartín in third position.
Beloki, in addition, added a stage win in Barcelona, and the already traditional time trial to La Rabassa, completing a magnificent Volta for him and his team.
81a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||Sabadell – Sabadell||20,5km||ONCE- Eroski|
|2a stage||Sabadell – Blanes||173km||Max Van Heeswijk|
|3a stage||Blanes – L’Hospitalet de Ll.||147km||Romans Vansteins|
|4a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||115km||Joseba Beloki|
|5a stage||La Granada – Vila-seca||178km||Óscar Laguna|
|6a stage||Les Borges Blanques – Alt Boi Taüll||184km||Ivan Gotti|
|7a stage||Taüll – Els Cortals d’Encamp (And)||176km||Daniele De Paoli|
|8a stage||St. Julià de Lòria – Alt La Rabassa||13,9km||Joseba Beloki|
Podium: Joseba Beloki / Igor González de Galdeano / Fernando Escartín
L’edition 82de la Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, que es va disputar del 17 al 23 de juny va tenir com a guanyador un altre corredor espanyol de renom com Roberto Horas (US Postal) que va imposar-se a Aitor Garmendia (Banesto) i Luis Pérez (Team Coast).
En una edition que va fer homenatge a Miquel Poblet pel 50è aniversari de la seva victòria a la Volta -amb stage la seva ciutat natal, Montcada i Reixac-, la Volta va tenir un perfil ideal per a escaladors que va confirmar a Heras.
La cronoescalada a Boí Taüll va ser clau perquè Heras agafés el liderat i pogués defensar-lo fins la darrera stage amb final a Barcelona, a la Sagrada Familia. 31 segons el van separar del basc de Banesto Garmendia. 126 ciclistes i 16 equips van prendre la sortida de la Volta.
82a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||Sant Jaume d’Enveja – Deltebre||30,9km||US Postal Services|
|2a stage||La Sènia – Les Borges Blanques||183km||Danilo Hondo|
|3a stage CRI||St. Climent de Taüll – Alt Boi Taüll||10,8km||Aitor Garmendia|
|4a stage||Barruera – Estació de Pal||54km||José Antonio Garrido|
|5a stage||Andorra la Vella – Llívia||141km||José Manuel Maestre|
|6a stage||Llívia – Montcada i Reixac||180km||Tom Steels|
|7a stage||Montcada i Reixac – Barcelona||116km||Dimitri Fofonov|
Podium: Roberto Heras / Aitor Garmendia / Luis Pérez
Despite the big names that were presented at the starting line of Salou in the 83rd edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, from June 16th to 22th, like the Italians Iván Basso and Stefano Garzelli or the winner of the previous edition Roberto Heras, the triumph was for José Antonio Pecharromán, of the Paternina - Costa de Almería team.
The cronoescalada of the sixth stage between Molins de Rei and Vallvidrera, of 13,1km, was decisive so that Pecharromán exceeded in the general classification Roberto Heras, whom he left to 43 seconds and to the third classified, Koldo Gil (Once - Eroski).
The three time world champion Óscar Freire won his stage in the Volta with a triumph in Manresa, in a disputed sprint in which he overtook other sprinters such as Ángel Vicioso and Haselbacher.
83a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||Salou – Vila-seca||22,9km||ONCE - Eroski|
|2a stage||Mora d’Ebre – El Morell||183km||Bram De Groot|
|3a stage||Les Borges Blanques – Coll de Pal (And)||217km||Aitor Kintana|
|4a stage||Andorra la Vella – Llívia||157km||Jesús Manzano|
|5a stage||Llívia – Manresa||166km||Óscar Freire|
|6a stage CRI||Molins de Rei – Vallvidrera||13,1km||José A. Pecharromán|
|7a stage||Sant Joan Despí – Barcelona||128km||Ángel Vicioso|
Podium: José Antonio Pecharromán / Roberto Heras / Koldo Gil
Once again, the Volta lived an unexpected winner, in an edition in which participation was far from other years, especially by the proximity of the Tour de France on the dates of the calendar. Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero (Saunier Duval) inscribed his name in the list of winners of the 84th edition of the Volta, held from June 14th to 20th.
Martín Perdiguero was the great dominator of this edition with three stage triumphs, surprising all the rivals and fans, in an edition in which the Russian Vladimir Karpets (Balearic Islands - Banesto) finished second and the Euskaltel Basque Roberto Laiseka completed the podium.
Starting with a team time trial in Salou and final in Barcelona, in a final stage in which the Catalan Isaac Galvez won the sprint.
84a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||Salou – Salou||18,1km||Illes Balears - Banesto|
|2a stage||Salou – Horta de Sant Joan||145km||M.A Martín Perdiguero|
|3a stage||Les Borges Blanques – Coll de Pal (And)||200km||M.A Martín Perdiguero|
|4a stage CRI||Llorts – Ordino Arcalís (And)||12,4km||M.A Martín Perdiguero|
|5a stage||Llívia – Blanes||181km||Danilo Hondo|
|6a stage||Blanes – Vallirana||148km||Max Van Heeswijk|
|7a stage||Olesa de Montserrat – Barcelona||133km||Isaac Gálvez|
Podium: Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero / Vladimir Karpets / Roberto Laiseka
The Volta saw how the new World Tour calendar changed the dates of race again, and did so in May and coinciding with the Giro of Italy, but further away from the Tour dates, which allowed it to have a good participation with names like Jan Ullrich, Carlos Sastre, Iban Mayo, Alejandro Valverde, Leonardo Piepoli, Floyd Landis...
Despite the numerous renowned participants, the victory was for a non favourite such as the Ukrainian Yaroslav Popovich, who was the leader of the Discovery Channel in the absence of Lance Armstrong in the Volta.
The stage of Pal Arinsal, which was won for the Italian Leonardo Piepoli, was key to the triumph of Popovich, who consolidated it in the time trial of Ordino Arcalís. Piepoli finished second, while Frenchman David Moncoutié was third.
85a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||Salou – Salou||20,1km||Phonak Hearing System|
|2a stage||Cambrils – Cambrils||186km||Enrico Gasparotto|
|3a stage||Salou – La Granada||158km||Pedro Horrillo|
|4a stage||Perafort – Pal Arinsal (And)||238km||Leonardo Piepoli|
|5a stage CRI||Sornàs – Odino Arcalís||17,1km||Iñigo Cuesta|
|6a stage||Llívia – Pallejà||199km||Anthony Charteau|
|7a stage||Pallejà – Barcelona||113km||Thor Hushovd|
Podium: Yaroslav Popovich / Leonardo Piepoli / David Moncoutié
New surprise in the track record of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, in its 86th edition. David Cañada won the most favorite names like Francisco Mancebo, Denis Menchov, Santiago Botero or Samuel Sánchez.
It was an edition where names like those of the Norwegian sprinters Thor Husovd and the German Erik Zabel or the Italian Daniele Bennati, as well as other cyclists like the Swiss Fabian Cancellara, the Dutchman Michael Boogerd and the Italian Filippo Pozzato also shone.
But Cañada was able to find his moment in the sixth stage, when surpassed the Colombian Santiago Botero, two seconds behind, and the Frenchman Christophe Moreau,. This was the final podium of an edition with a time trial in which a great specialist like Cancellara won.
86a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRI||Salou – Salou||12,6km||Fabian Cancellara|
|2a stage||Cambrils – Cambrils||156km||Luis Pérez|
|3a stage||Salou – St. Carles de la Ràpita||176km||Thor Hushovd|
|4a stage||Perafort – Vallnord (And)||225km||Carlos Castaño|
|5a stage||Llívia – Manlleu||161km||Adolfo García Quesada|
|6a stage||Manlleu – Lloret de Mar||166km||Matej Mugerli|
|7a stage||Lloret de Mar – Barcelona||121km||Daniele Bennati|
Podium: David Cañada / Santiago Botero / Christophe Moreau
From May 21th to 27th the 87th edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was held, with victory for the Russian of the Caisse de Epargne Vladimir Karpets, when he overtook the Australian Michael Rogers and his compatriot Denis Menchov in the general standings.
In the decisive mountain stages, which won Oscar Sevilla and Denis Menchov, Karpets was the most regular and got a leadership that did not leave, with the support of his team, the structure of the Banesto that was now called Caisse de Epargne, because of the sponsorship of the French bank.
To highlight the sprint dominance of the young sprinter of the British Isle of Man Mark Cavendish, who won in two stages, in Perafort and Lloret de Mar.
87a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRE||Salou – Salou||15,7km||Caisse d’Epargne|
|2a stage||Salou – Perafort||170km||Mark Cavendish|
|3a stage||Perafort – Tàrrega||182km||Allan Davis|
|4a stage||Tàrrega – Vallnord Arinsal (And)||203km||Óscar Sevilla|
|5a stage||Sornas – Vallnord Arcalís (And)||17,1km||Denis Menchov|
|6a stage||Llívia – Lloret de Mar||177km||Mark Cavendish|
|7a stage||Lloret de Mar – Barcelona||120km||Samuel Sánchez|
Podium: Vladimir Karpets / Michael Rogers / Denis Menchov
Gustavo César Veloso, of the Karpin Galicia team, was the surprising winner of a Volta with maximum emotion, since was decided on the last kilometer of the last stage in Barcelona.
The 88th edition was held again in May, and the young Colombian Rigoberto Urán (Caisse de Epargne) was the second classified, only 16 seconds behind Veloso, while the French Remy Pauriol (Credit Agricole), was third.
The Norwegian Thor Hushovd, with two stage victories, in the initial crono in Lloret de Mar and in the second stage with final in Banyoles, continued to maintain his idyll with the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, which in this edition had a strong French accent with stage wins for cyclists like Pierrick Fedrigo, Cyril Dessel and Sylvain Chavanel.
88a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRI||Lloret de Mar – Lloret de Mar||3,7km||Thor Hushovd|
|2a stage||Riudellots de la Selva – Banyoles||167km||Thor Hushovd|
|3a stage||Banyoles – La Seu d’Urgell||192km||Cyril Dessel|
|4a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Ascó||217km||Pierrick Fedrigo|
|5a stage||Ascó – El Vendrell||163km||Sylvain Chavanel|
|6a stage||El Vendrell – Pallejà||164km||Francesco Chicchi|
|7a stage||Pallejà – Barcelona||106km||José Luis Carrasco|
Podium: Gustavo César Veloso / Rigoberto Urán / Rémy Pauriol
Alejandro Valverde won in 2009 the first of his 3 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with a great triumph over the Irishman Dan Martin (Garmin - Slipstream) and the Basque Haimar Zubeldia (Astana).
Valverde became leader in the second stage of the Volta, between Girona and Roses and no longer released the white and green jersey. A triumph of great prestige for a cyclist who would win the Volta with great superiority in 2017 and 2018.
The Norwegian Hushovd, with two stage victories, again showed that the Volta was a race that was perfect for its characteristics.
89a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Lloret de Mar – Lloret de Mar||3km||Thor Hushovd|
|2a stage||Girona – Roses||163km||Matti Breschel|
|3a stage||Roses – La Pobla de Lillet||182km||Alejandro Valverde|
|4a stage||La Pobla de Lillet – Vallnord Pal||166km||Julián Sánchez Pimienta|
|5a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Torredembarra||201km||Nikolay Trusov|
|6a stage||Torredembarra – Barcelona||161km||Thor Hushovd|
|7a stage||Esportparc – Circuit de Catalunya||117km||Greg Henderson|
Podium: Alejandro Valverde / Dan Martin / Haimar Zubeldia
For the first time in its history, the "Volta" was held in March. And 27 years later, it was time for another Catalan to win the "Volta": Joaquim Purito Rodríguez. The last Catalan rider to do so was José Recio in 1983.
The "Volta" started in Lloret de Mar with an individual three-kilometre time trial, which the German Paul Voss won ahead of the specialists Leipheimer and Kloden.
The second stage, arriving into Banyoles, ended in a sprint and was won by the best sprinter at the time, the Briton Mark Cavendish.
The third stage between the Vall d’en Bas and La Seu d’Urgell saw two Catalans taking the lead: Joaquim Rodríguez and Xavier Tondo, who broke away on the climb to Josa. At the finish line, Tondo won the stage and Rodríguez took the white and green jersey. A minute later, Luis León Sánchez crossed the line.
The German rider Jens Voigt, from the Saxo-Bank team, won the fourth stage between Oliana and Ascó, after attacking on the climb to Paumeres.
The fifth stage was a truly gruelling route through the Priorat region and ending in Cabacés. A breakaway group of four riders defined the stage as one of the breakaway riders, the Italian Davide Malacrane, crossed the line alone, ahead of the group of favourites.
The Frenchman Samuel Dumoulin won the second-last stage, finishing in front of the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, the same place where a stage of the Tour de France ended last year.
The last stage finished in the Circuit de Catalunya where the sprinters could demonstrate all their power on the last stretch. The Argentinian Juan Jose Haedo was the fastest.
An excellent "Volta" with an excellent winner, the Catalan Joaquim Rodríguez, has come to an end.
90a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Lloret de Mar – Lloret de Mar||3,6km||Paul Voss|
|2a stage||Salt – Banyoles||182km||Mark Cavendish|
|3a stage||La Vall d’en Bas – La Seu d’Urgell||186km||Xavier Tondo|
|4a stage||Oliana – Ascó||209km||Jens Voigt|
|5a stage||Ascó – Cabacés||181km||Davide Malacarne|
|6a stage||El Vendrell – Barcelona||162km||Samuel Dumoulin|
|7a stage||Esportparc – Circuit de Catalunya||117km||Juan José Haedo|
Podium: Joaquim Rodríguez / Xavier Tondo / Rein Taaramae
On March 27th 2011, the Centenary edition of the "Volta" Ciclista a Catalunya came to an end with Alberto Contador’s overall victory. But a few months beforehand Contador was sanctioned for testing positive in an anti-doping test in the 2010 Tour de France, and consequently, he was stripped of his victory of the Centenary "Volta", with the Italian Michele Scarponi being announced the final winner.
The Centenary "Volta" started in Lloret de Mar with the Lithuanian rider Smukulis winning. The Italian sprinter Petacchi won in Banyoles. The third stage, ending in Pal in Andorra, was won by Contador, ahead of Scarponi and Leipheimer. The other stages ended with sprints, with the Portuguese Cardoso taking the victory in El Vendrell, the Frenchman Dumoulin winning in Tarragona and Barcelona, and the Spaniard Rojas winning in Mollet del Vallès.
In the last stage, the US rider Leipheimer, who was second in the general classification, was not able to participate due to illness.
After Contador’s disqualification, the Italian Michele Scarponi ended up winning the race ahead of the Girona-based Irishman Daniel Martin and the American rider Chris Horner.
91a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Lloret de Mar – Lloret de Mar||166km||Gatis Smukulis|
|2a stage||Santa Coloma de Farners – Banyoles||169km||Alessandro Petacchi|
|3a stage||La Vall d’en Bas – Andorra Vallnord||184km||Alberto Contador*|
|4a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – El Vendrell||195km||Manuel Cardoso|
|5a stage||El Vendrell – Tarragona||205km||Samuel Dumoulin|
|6a stage||Tarragona – Mollet del Vallès||195km||José Joaquín Rojas|
|7a stage||Parets del Vallès – Barcelona||124km||Samuel Dumoulin|
Podium: Michele Scarponi* / Dan Martin / Chris Horner *Desqualificació Alberto Contador
The Swiss Michael Albasini won the "Volta" Ciclista a Catalunya in 2012. The cyclist from the Australian team GreenEdge won in the first two stages, in Calella after a breakaway and in Girona sprinting away from the leaders’ group. The third stage, ending in Port-Ainé, after passing through Coubet, Toses and Cantó, was shortened halfway up the climb to Cantó on account of the adverse weather conditions the riders were enduring. The stage times did not count for the general classification and this meant Albasini could comfortably hold on to the leading position in the race until the end of the "Volta".
In the stage that arrived into Ascó, won by Urán, the leader’s main rivals unsuccessfully tried to leave him behind on the climb to Paumeres, as occurred in the Manresa stage won by the Frenchman Simon, on the climb to Montserrat.
The only stage in which Albasini lost time was the arrival into Badalona where Samuel Sánchez surprised the peloton by winning the stage and taking two seconds from the leader, not enough time to win the "Volta". The last stage, arriving into Sarrià, and a new victory for the Frenchman Simon, was a nail-biting stage and Sánchez made another attempt in Vallvidrera.
Little did Albasini know that the Calella victory would mean a final victory in the "Volta". He was joined on the podium by Samuel Sánchez, from the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, and the Belgian Jurgden Van den Broek from the Lotto-Belisol team.
92a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Calella – Calella||139km||Michael Albasini|
|2a stage||Girona – Girona||161km||Michael Albasini|
|3a stage||La Vall d’en Bas – Port Ainé||210km||Janez Brajkovic|
|4a stage||Tremp – Ascó||199km||Rigoberto Urán|
|5a stage||Ascó – Manresa||207km||Julien Simon|
|6a stage||St. Fruitós del Bages – Badalona||169km||Samuel Sánchez|
|7a stage||Badalona – Barcelona||120km||Julien Simon|
Podium: Michael Albasini / Samuel Sánchez / Jürgen Van den Broeck
The Irishman Daniel Martin (Garmin Sharp) won the 93rd edition of the "Volta" Ciclista a Catalunya with a 17-second advantage over Joaquim Rodríguez (Team Katusha) and 34 seconds over Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida).
The three riders on the final podium were part of a group of 13 riders who broke away on the Collsacreu climb in the last kilometres of the first stage, starting and finishing in Calella. The control of the Sky Procycling team, with their group leader Bradley Wiggins at the front, made a first selection in the race. The Belgian Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the first stage.
As occurred last year with the Swiss Michael Albasini, the Belgian Meersman won the second stage wearing the leader’s jersey. In a flat stage between Girona and Banyoles, the Belgian was once again the fastest in the sprint.
In the third stage, arriving into Vallter 2000, the Movistar Team took the stage victory, with the Colombian Nairo Quintana, and the leading position in the race, with Alejandro Valverde.
Valverde soon lost the leader’s jersey, when in the queen stage he fell during the descent to La Seu d’Urgell, forcing him to pull out of the race. The stage winner, the Irishman Dan Martin, emerged from a breakaway group of 23 riders, and he went on to take the lead, with a ten-second advantage over Purito Rodríguez.
The next two stages, finishing in Lleida and Valls, ended with sprints, with victories by François Parisien (Team Argos-Shimano) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) respectively. The leader Martin managed to increase his advantage by seven seconds by winning two intermediate sprints.
The last stage, with the final circuit in Montjuïc, kept the fans on the edge until the very last minute. The Italian Michele Scarponi broke away with three other riders and for several kilometres was the virtual leader. In the end, the breakaway group helped him to achieve third position in the general classification. One of the breakaway riders, the Belgian Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), won the final stage.
93a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Calella – Calella||159km||Gianni Meersman|
|2a stage||Girona – Banyoles||161km||Gianni Meersman|
|3a stage||Vidreres – Vallter 2000 (Setcases)||180km||Nairo Quintana|
|4a stage||Llanars (Vall Camprodon) – Port Ainé||217km||Dan Martin|
|5a stage||Rialp – Lleida||156km||François Parisien|
|6a stage||Almacelles – Valls||178km||Simon Gerrans|
|7a stage||El Vendrell – Barcelona||122km||Thomas De Gendt|
Podium: Dan Martin / Joaquim Rodríguez / Michelle Scarponi
Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez (Katusha) was the winner of the 94th "Volta" a Catalunya, one of the most outstanding editions in the history of the race in terms of participation, since the first four riders classified from the Tour de France were on the starting line in Calella. And one of those four, the Catalan Joaquim Rodríguez, took the trophy home.
The race started with two mass arrivals, in Calella and Girona, won by the Slovenian Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano). Mezgec had to conquer the summit of Collsacreu in the initial stage, where despite movement on the descent, there was no breakaway group like in last year’s race. However, on the way to Girona, the rain was the main obstacle for the large group, which arrived together at the finish line, despite Thomas Voeckler’s (Europcar) attempt at making a solo breakaway.
The mountains took centre stage on the third day, with the final stage in La Molina. This section ended up being decisive in the final stages of the race. “Purito” positioned himself as leader there, responding in the last kilometre to an attack by Chris Froome (Sky). The advantage he gained there was not beaten by any of his direct rivals in the later stages.
Not even the queen stage, which finished in Vallter 2000 with a gruelling route and snow during the final ascent, made the leader suffer. The US rider Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) won the stage, positioning himself as third in the general classification, ahead of the Frenchman Romain Bardet, and Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), second in the general classification, only recovered one second.
The fifth stage, which finished in Valls, was the last mass finish, and once again the winner was an overjoyed Mezgec, who kept the large group at bay despite the considerable amount of movement among riders aspiring to win the general classification who met on the Coll de Lilla, ten kilometres from the finish line.
However, breakaways were the protagonists of the last two stages. Stef Clement (Belkin), final winner of the mountain classification, left behind a group of nine cyclists with an effective attack in the last kilometre in Vilanova i La Geltrú. And Lieuwe Westra (Astana) was the solo winner in Barcelona after eight laps around Montjuïc, while the favourites attempted attacks under the rain, but ended up arriving together.
This was Rodríguez’s second "Volta" a Catalunya win after the 2010 edition, when he became the first Catalan to take home the trophy in the general classification since Pepe Recio in 1983. The German Michel Koch (Cannondale) took home the Miquel Poblet trophy and the intermediate sprints classification thanks to three breakaways, and Garmin-Sharp won the team classification.
94a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Calella – Calella||170km||Luka Mezgec|
|2a stage||Mataró – Girona||168km||Luka Mezgec|
|3a stage||Banyoles – La Molina (Alp)||163km||Joaquim Rodríguez|
|4a stage||Alp – Vallter 2000 (Setcases)||166km||Tejay Van Garderen|
|5a stage||Llanars Vall de Camprodon – Valls||218km||Luka Mezgec|
|6a stage||El Vendrell - Vilanova i la Geltrú||172km||Stef Clement|
|7a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||120km||Lieuwe Westra|
Podium: Joaquim Rodríguez / Alberto Contador / Tejay Van Garderen
The Australian Richie Porte (Sky) has been the final winner of the 95th "Volta" a Catalunya, which again has had a very tight resolution in the final day, which has finished Barcelona with eight laps in the Montjuic circuit. Porte finished just 4 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who finished a brilliant "Volta" with a third stage win, and with 5 seconds over the Italian Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale).
Te Volta started in Calella with a victory for the polish Maciej Paterski, while in the second stage the main favourites started to move. Alejandro Valverde triumphed in Olot, Valls and Barcelona, while other cyclists like Domenico Pozzovivo, in Girona, and Tejay Van Garderen, in La Molina, were also able to celebrate a victory.
The Volta finished with a prestigious and high level winner among its participants.
95a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Calella – Calella||185km||Maciej Paterski|
|2a stage||Mataró – Olot||192km||Alejandro Valverde|
|3a stage||Girona – Girona||156km||Domenico Pozzovivo|
|4a stage||Tona – La Molina (Alp)||188km||Tejay Van Garderen|
|5a stage||Alp – Valls||195km||Alejandro Valverde|
|6a stage||Cervera – Port Aventura||194km||Sergei Chernetski|
|7a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||126km||Alejandro Valverde|
Podium: Richi Porte / Alejandro Valverde / Domenico Pozzovivo
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) became the third Colombian to win the "Volta" after Álvaro Mejía (1993) and Hernán Buenahora (1998) and, despite not being able to decorate the victory with any stage win, he got it from way fully deserved.
The great dominator of the massive arrivals the first two stages was the Frenchman of Cofidis Nacer Bouhanni, who won in Calella and Olot. The mountain arrived in the third stage, with victory in the Molina of the Irishman Dan Martin - winner of the Volta 2013-.
The always combative Thomas de Gendt won the queen stage of Port Ainé, while the Dutch Wout Poels won in Valls. Quintana beat Alberto Contador and Dan Martin in a highly disputed edition with big names in the top positions.
96a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Calella – Calella||175km||Nacer Bouhanni|
|2a stage||Mataró – Olot||178km||Nacer Bouhanni|
|3a stage||Girona – La Molina (Alp)||172km||Dan Martin|
|4a stage||Bagà – Port Ainé (Rialp)||172km||Thomas De Gendt|
|5a stage||Rialp – Valls||187km||Wout Poels|
|6a stage||St. Joan Despí – Vilanova i la Geltrú||197km||Davide Cimolai|
|7a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||136km||Alexei Tsatevich|
Podium: Nairo Quintana / Alberto Contador / Dan Martin
The winner of the 97th edition of the "Volta" Ciclista Catalunya, the Murcian Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), has finished in the best possible way a race that has dominated from head to toe, adding the stage victory in the seventh and last stage of the test. Valverde added in 2017 his second "Volta" after the 2009.
The Volta recovered for this edition number 97 a team time trial, which won the BMC in Banyoles, while sprinters such as Davide Cimolai (Calella), Nacer Bouhanni (Igualada) or Daryl Impey (Reus) could celebrate a stage victory.
The great dominator without any doubt was Alejandro Valverde, with three stage victories at La Molina, Lo Port and Barcelona, and was accompanied on the podium by Alberto Contador and the young Catalan from Vilanova i la Geltrú, Marc Soler.
97a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Calella – Calella||179km||Davide Cimolai|
|2a stage CRE||Pla de l’Estany (Banyoles – Banyoles)||41,3km||BMC|
|3a stage||Mataró – La Molina (Alp)||188km||Alejandro Valverde|
|4a stage||Llívia – Igualada||194km||Nacer Bouhanni|
|5a stage||Valls – Lo Port (Tortosa)||182km||Alejandro Valverde|
|6a stage||Tortosa – Reus||189km||Daryl Impey|
|7a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||138km||Alejandro Valverde|
Podium: Alejandro Valverde / Alberto Contador / Marc Soler
Alejandro Valverde Belmonte got his third Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in the 98th edition of the race, revalidating his victory of the previous year (2017), in addition to the triumph of 2009. Valverde added two stage victories more, in Valls and La Molina.
The Murcian initiated thus a fantastic season that finished with the triumph to the World Championship of Innsbruck, proclaiming himself for the first time World Champion.
It was a Volta of discoveries, like those of the Colombian sprinter Alvaro Hodeg (winner in Calella) or the German Max Schachmann (winner in Torrefarrera), but also of consolidated names such as Thomas De Gendt, with a spectacular triumph alone in Camprodon, or the Colombian Jarlinson Pantano, winner in Vielha, where the Volta had not finished for 25 years.
The last stage was for another name that would give much to talk in 2018: Simon Yates, who won in Barcelona and months later would win the Vuelta a España.
A spectacular Volta with a name for the story: Alejandro Valverde.
98a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Calella – Calella||152km||Álvaro Hodeg|
|2a stage||Mataró – Valls||175km||Alejandro Valverde|
|3a stage||St. Cugat del Vallès – Camprodon||153km||Thomas De Gendt|
|4a stage||Llanars – La Molina (Alp)||170km||Alejandro Valverde|
|5a stage||Llívia – Vielha Val d’Aran||212km||Jarlinson Pantano|
|6a stage||Vielha Val d’Aran – Torrefarrera||194km||Max Schachmann|
|7a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||154km||Simon Yates|
Podium: Alejandro Valverde / Nairo Quintana / Pierre Roger Latour
Miguel Ángel López (Astana) won the 99th ‘Volta’ a Catalunya, driven by his victory in the demanding fourth stage, that finished in the ski station of La Molina. The colombian cyclist was the most regular during the race, that in this edition had a great participation, with illustrious riders as Chris Froome (Sky), Egan Bernal (Sky), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) or Adam and Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott).
It was the eighth consecutive year that the ‘Volta’ started with an inaugural stage whith a start and finish line in Calella. Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) won the first stage and the belgian was the first leader of the race. He defended this condition during the first three stages.
Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) also shone in this edition of the ‘Volta’. The australian won the second stage, between Mataró and Sant Feliu de Guíxols, after an intense fight with Valverde in the final sprint. In this day, Chris Froome, four-time winner of the Tour, suffered a drop that separated him of the fight for the overall ranking. Matthews repeated victory in the sixth stage, between Valls and Vila-seca, when he was the most strong in the final meters again.
The first contact with the high mountain came in the third stage, which connected Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Vallter 2000. Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) was the fastest rider in his duel with another favorites, such as Bernal, Quintana or ‘Superman’ López, in the hardest part of the port.
Miguel Ángel López showed his quality at the stage between Llanars and La Molina and the colombian got the leadership in the overall ranking. He kept up this condition the last three days, but he had to fight until the last day of the race. In the last stage, with the traditional circuit in the mountain of Montjuïc, in Barcelona, López had to respond to the attack of Adam Yates, that with the help of his brother Simon maintained the emotion until the finally of the ‘Volta’. Finally, Adam Yates finished second in the overall ranking, and Bernal, who four months later he would be the new winner of the Tour, completed the podium.
99a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Calella – Calella||164km||Thomas de Gendt|
|2a stage||Mataró – Sant Feliu de Guixols||166.7km||Michael Mathews|
|3a stage||Sant Feliu de Guixols – Vallter 200||180km||Adam Yates|
|4a stage||Llanars – La Molina||150.3km||Miguel Ángel López|
|5a stage||Puigcerdà – Sant Cugat del Vallès||188.1km||Maximilian Schachmann|
|6a stage||Valls – Vila-seca||169.1km||Michael Mathews|
|7a stage||Barcelona – Barcelona||143.1km||Davide Formolo|
Podium: Miguel Ángel López / Adam Yates /Egan Bernal
From January 6th to 8th, the 1st edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was held. It was the origin of the race that has been consolidated over time as one of the most important races with a long trajectory in the world.
The first edition consisted of 3 stages: Barcelona - Tarragona (97km), Tarragona - Lleida (111km) and Lleida - Barcelona (157km).
The victory was by the Tarragona cyclist Sebastià Masdeu, who won two of the three stages and beat Josep Magdalena and Vicente Blanco in the podiumum. A total of 34 cyclists took the start in the 1st edition of the race, which started on the day of Kings at the Passeig de la Reina Elisenda in Barcelona. Miquel Artimán, editor of cycling of Mundo Deportivo, under the umbrella of the Club Deportivo de Barcelona, were the promoters. The beginning of everything.
1a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Tarragona||97km||Sebastià Masdeu|
|2a stage||Tarragona – Lleida||111km||Cesáreo Ruiz|
|3a stage||Lleida – Barcelona||157km||Sebastià Masdeu|
Podium: Sebastià Masdeu / Josep Magdalena / Vicente Blanco
The second edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was held on April 6th, 7th and 8th, with three stages: Barcelona - Manresa (127km), Manresa - Lleida (128km) and Lleida - Barcelona (171km), and had an absolute protagonism of Josep Magdalena, who won the three stages, demonstrating their excellent conditions in all areas.
The race finished in the Nou Velòdrom of the Cyclist Club Sants and had a great following among the fans, who followed with devotion the evolutions of the cyclists to the "Volta".
2a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Manresa||127km||Josep Magdalena|
|2a stage||Manresa – Lleida||128km||Josep Magdalena|
|3a stage||Lleida – Barcelona||171km||Josep Magdalena|
Podium: Josep Magdalena / Joaquim Martí / Antonio Crespo
With the 3rd edition of the Volta there was a new change of dates, from January to April and from April to September, on days 6th, 7th and 8th. The Volta celebrated its 3rd edition and did it in three stages: Barcelona - Tarragona - Lleida (190km), Lleida-Manresa (128km) and Manresa - Terrassa - Barcelona (130km).
Joan Martí, born in La Garriga, was the final winner of this 3rd edition ahead of Antoni Crespo and Guillermo Antón.
3a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Tarragona – Lleida||190km||Juan Martí|
|2a stage||Lleida – Manresa||128km||Antonio Crespo|
|3a stage||Manresa – Terrassa – Barcelona||130km||Antonio Crespo|
Podium: Juan Martí / Antonio Crespo / Guillermo Antón
Until 1920 the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya did not held the the 4th edition. The Volta stopped its activity because of the dispute of the 1st World War that devastated Europe. The return of the Volta was strong, with 5 stages and a clear dominator, the Frenchman José Pelletier, who won four stages and the general.
4a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Girona – Olot||157km||José Pelletier|
|2a stage||Olot – Ripoll – Tona||87km||José Pelletier|
|3a stage||Tona – Igualada – Lleida||184km||José Pelletier|
|4a stage||Lleida – Valls – Tarragona||95km||José Pelletier|
|5a stage||Tarragona – Vendrell – Barcelona||107km||José Nat|
Podium: José Pelletier / José Nat / Jaime Janer
Unió Esportiva de Sants, born in 1922 from the merger of several sports entities in the neighborhood of Sants, took the reins of the organization of the Volta through its cycling section from 1923.
The fifth edition of the race was held from May 31th to June 3th with four stages, and the French were the dominators. Maurice Ville won three stages and the overall, and Pelletier, winner of the 1920 edition, won the remaining stage.
The "Volta" started a new period under the organization of the UE Sants.
5a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Reus||168km||Maurice Ville|
|2a stage||Reus – Manresa||160km||Maurice Ville|
|3a stage||Manresa – Figueres||172km||José Pelletier|
|4a stage||Figueres – Barcelona||142km||Maurice Ville|
Podium: Maurice Ville / José Pelletier / José Nat
With only Spanish participants, the 1924 edition consisted of 4 stages and was won by Mucio Miquel ahead of Teodoro Monteys and Victorino Otero.
The stages were the following: Barcelona - Figueres (184km), Figueres - Vic (178km), Vic - Reus (188km) and Reus - Barcelona (110km).
6a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Figueres||184km||Muç Miquel|
|2a stage||Figueres – Vic||178km||Teodoro Monteys|
|3a stage||Vic – Reus||188km||Muç Miquel|
|4a stage||Reus – Barcelona||110km||Jaume Janer|
Podium: Muç Miquel / Teodoro Monteys / Victorino Otero
Barcelona's Mucio Miquel won for the second consecutive year the race, in the 7th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, which was held from 21th to 24th May, 1925. La Volta returned to the five stages, with start and finish in Barcelona.
The stages were Barcelona - Figueres (196km), Figueres - Vic (120km), Vic - Igualada (88km), Igualada - Reus (191km) and Reus - Barcelona (116 km).
The final podiumum was for Mucio Miquel, with Barcelona Jaume Janer in second position and winner of three stages and Teodoro Monteys, third.
7a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Figueres||196km||Muç Miquel|
|2a stage||Figueres – Vic||120km||Jaime Janer|
|3a stage||Vic – Igualada||88km||Teodoro Monteys|
|4a stage||Igualada – Reus||191km||Jaume Janer|
|5a stage||Reus – Barcelona||116km||Jaume Janer|
Podium: Muç Miquel / Jaume Janer / Teodoro Monteys
The 8th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was held on new dates, from August 22th to 29th, and for the first time in six stages. The race returned to be international after several years where the participation of cyclists abroad Spain was not allowed.
This fact was clearly seen on the podiumum and stage victories: Frenchman Victor Fontan was the winner, ahead Mucio Miquel and a young Mariano Cañardo, who for the first time was seen in the Volta.
8a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Amposta||185km||Simon Tequi|
|2a stage||Amposta – Reus||181km||Victor Fontan|
|3a stage||Reus – Igualada||200km||Simon Tequi|
|4a stage||Igualada – Vic||192km||Victor Fontan|
|5a stage||Vic – Sant Feliu de Guíxols||234km||Victor Fontan|
|6a stage||Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Barcelona||197km||Secondo Martinetto|
Podium: Victor Fontan / Muç Miquel / Mariano Cañardo
The 9th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was extended to eight stages, from August 28th to September 4th, with a significant foreign participation.
The French cyclists won all the stages, with different riders like Maurice Ville, LeDrogo, Cuvelier or again Victor Fontan, who took the overall standings ahead of Mariano Cañardo, who proved for the second year in a row that he could be a “Volta-man".
9a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Tortosa||213km||Maurice Ville|
|2a stage||Tortosa – Reus||204km||Ferdinand Le Drogo|
|3a stage||Reus – Igualada||189km||Victor Fontan|
|4a stage||Igualada – Vic||190km||Georges Cuvelier|
|5a stage||Vic – Banyoles||122km||Georges Cuvelier|
|6a stage||Banyoles – Sant Feliu de Guíxols||163km||Ferdinand Le Drogo|
|7a stage||Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Caldes d’Estrac||131km||Georges Cuvelier|
|8a stage||Caldes d’Estrac – Barcelona||130km||Victor Fontan|
Podium: Victor Fontan / Mariano Cañardo / Georges Cuvelier
As interest in the Volta grew, the organization was committed to organize a bigger race. In the 10th edition, the 9 stages were reached, with a start and finish in Barcelona, and a presence throughout the Catalan territory.
The race lived in 1928 the first of the seven victories that Mariano Cañardo achieved. The Olite cyclist, resident in Catalonia, began his legend winning three stages and the general classification.
An idol was born in the "Volta": Mariano Cañardo, who overcame the double winner of the Volta Mucio Miquel and Julio Borràs. In addition, the Citroën vehicle brand entered to sponsor the Grand Prix of the race.
10a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Tortosa||212km||Mariano Cañardo|
|2a stage||Tortosa – Reus||203km||Mariano Cañardo|
|3a stage||Reus – Tàrrega||140km||Giuseppe Pancera|
|4a stage||Tàrrega – Puigcerdà||164km||Carlos Porzio|
|5a stage||Puigcerdà – Figueres||143km||Julio Borràs|
|6a stage||Figueres – Palafrugell||153km||Mariano Cañardo|
|7a stage||Palafrugell – Banyoles||72km||Manuel Martínez|
|8a stage||Banyoles – Gironella||153km||Valeriano Riera|
|9a stage||Gironella – Barcelona||108km||Mariano Cañardo|
Podium: Mariano Cañardo / Muç Miquel / Julio Borràs
With seven stages and the traditional dates of September, from September 8th to 15th, the Volta faced its 11th edition. Despite the emergence of the Belgian Jean Aerts, who won 5 of the 7 stages, Mariano Cañardo consolidated his second triumph to the general with a stage victory in Gironella on the sixth stage. La Volta finished at the Montjuïc Stadium, which was recently opened.
11a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – Reus||141km||Jean Aerts|
|2a stage||Reus – La Sènia||124km||Josep Maria Sans|
|3a stage||La Sènia – Tàrrega||214km||Jean Aerts|
|4a stage||Tàrrega – Puigcerdà||170km||Jean Aerts|
|5a stage||Puigcerdà – Palafrugell||204km||Jean Aerts|
|6a stage||Palafrugell – Gironella||172km||Mariano Cañardo|
|7a stage||Gironella – Barcelona||105km||Jean Aerts|
Podium: Mariano Cañardo / Jean Aerts / Arturo Bresciani
The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya of 1930 was held from 7th to 14th September in 7 stages, and for the third consecutive year crowned Mariano Cañardo as champion.
The Italian Giuseppe Pancera won three stage victories, and the podiumum was completed by Frenchman Marcel Maurel, 22 minutes more than Cañardo, and Ricardo Montero, a circumstance that demonstrated the superiority of Cañardo, who won the last stage on Montjuïc with a large audience.
12a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Barcelona – La Sènia||226km||Mariano Cañardo|
|2a stage||La Sènia – Tarragona||155km||Giuseppe Pancera|
|3a stage||Tarragona – Lleida||159km||Giuseppe Pancera|
|4a stage||Lleida – Tremp||183km||Mariano Cañardo|
|5a stage||Tremp – La Seu d’Urgell||141km||Mariano Cañardo|
|6a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Girona||234km||Ricardo Montero|
|7a stage||Girona – Terrassa||199km||Giuseppe Pancera|
|8a stage||Terrassa – Barcelona||131km||Mariano Cañardo|
Podium: Mariano Cañardo / Marcel Maurel / Ricardo Montero
The 31st edition of the Volta began with several novelties. The incorporation of the newspaper Mundo Deportivo as an official newspaper was a fact, while the first stage was not made from the traditional Montjuïc circuit, but from Sant Esteve de Sesrovires, in the Canals and Noviola cellars.
In addition, the race was disputed in 12 stages, and the participation of 77 riders was recorded. The final triumph was for the Italian Primo Volpi, ahead of Francesc Masip and Manolo Rodríguez.
31a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||St. Esteve Sesrovires- Granollers||127km||Primo Volpi|
|2a stage||Granollers – Figueres||135km||Miquel Poblet|
|3a stage||Figueres – Barcelona||140km||José Mateo|
|4a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Bernardo Capó|
|5a stage||Barcelona – Reus||109km||Mariano Corrales|
|6a stage||Reus – Tortosa||85km||Luis Navarro|
|7a stage||Tortosa – Amposta||121km||Jesús Loroño|
|8a stage||Amposta – Valls||105km||Sergio Celebrwoski|
|9a stage||Valls – Escaldes (Andorra)||212km||Manolo Rodríguez|
|10a stage||Escaldes (Andorra) – Lleida||132km||José Escolano|
|11a stage||Lleida – Vilanova i la Geltrú||262km||Bernardo Ruiz|
|12a stage||Vilanova i la Geltrú – Barcelona||123km||Miquel Poblet|
Podium: Primo Volpi / Francesc Masip / Manolo Rodríguez
The 32nd edition marked the first absolute victory in the Volta for the Montcada and Reixach Miquel Poblet cyclist, despite the large foreign participation that was registered. The Volta was held in 10 stages and started again at the Circuit de Montjuic.
Poblet took advantage of his characteristics of sprinter to prevail in three stages and add bonuses that gave him his first Volta, ahead of the Italian Adolfo Grosso and Josep Serra.
32a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Miquel Poblet|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Manresa||62km||Pere Sant|
|3a stage||Manresa – Tarragona||229km||Miquel Poblet|
|4a stage||Tarragona – Tortosa||171km||Pere Sant|
|5a stage||Tortosa – Valls||139km||Isidore De Rijck|
|6a stage||Valls – Ripoll||221km||Miquel Poblet|
|Ripoll – Granollers (dos sectors)
7a Ripoll – Tona
7b Tona – Granollers
|8a stage||Granollers – Vilanova i la Geltrú||80km||Antonio Gelabert|
|9a stage||Vilanova i la Geltrú – Berga||226km||Josep Vidal|
|10a stage||Berga – Barcelona||156km||Isidore De Rijck|
Podium: Miquel Poblet / Adolfo Grosso / Josep Serra
The Volta of 1953 was disputed by regional teams, with 60 cyclists representing their territories and with foreign participants from Italy, Germany and Belgium. The victory was for the Valencia cyclist Salvador Botella, who surpassed Francesc Masip and Josep Serra, habitual in the first positions of the Volta.
The GP of the Mountain was won for Federico Martín Bahamontes, while Miquel Poblet added two more stage victories.
33a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Miquel Poblet|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Girona||92km||Adolfo Grosso|
|3a stage||Girona – Granollers||186km||Francisco Alomar|
|4a stage||Granollers -Encamp (Andorra)||247km||Salvador Botella|
||Encamp – Agramunt (dos sectors)
5a Encamp – Organyà
5b Oliana – Agramunt
|6a stage||Agramunt – Lleida||60km||Carmelo Morales|
|7a stage||Lleida – Tortosa||188km||Jaime Montaña|
|8a stage||Tortosa – Tarragona||100km||Miquel Poblet|
|9a stage||Tarragona – Berga||258km||Donato Zampini|
|10a stage||Berga – Barcelona||170km||Marcel Janssens|
Podium: Salvador Botella / Francesc Masip / Josep Serra
The Volta returned in its 34th edition to the commercial teams and gathered up to 94 riders, and the absolute triumph was for the Italian Walter Serena, who took advantage of his great potential as a time trialist to prevail in the general.
Miquel Poblet, third classified and with the colors of the RCDE Espanyol, won 4 stages, the last three consecutively, demonstrating that was an idol for the fans and a stellar cyclist.
34a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Josep Serra|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Manresa||62km||Miguel Bover|
|3a stage||Manresa – Figueres||234km||Albert Sant|
|4a stage||Figueres – Puigcerdà||193km||Mariano Corrales|
|5a stage||Puigcerdà – Lleida||194km||Juan Bibiloni|
|6a stage||Lleida – Tortosa||188km||Miquel Poblet|
|7a stage||Tortosa – Salou||169km||Odino Baldarelli|
|8a stage (CRE)||Salou – Reus||40km||Walter Serena|
|9a stage||Reus – Sitges||112km||Miquel Poblet|
|10a stage||Autòdrom de Terramar (Sitges)||50km||Miquel Poblet|
|11a stage||Sitges – Barcelona||120km||Miquel Poblet|
Podium: Walter Serena / Albert Sant / Miquel Poblet
The Volta of 1955 started in Sabadell, with a 100km stage with a finish at Tibidabo. The absolute winner of this 35th edition was José Gómez de Moral, with great superiority ahead Gabriel Company and Emilio Rodríguez.
Bahamontes, one of the big favorites, won the stage in Barcelona on the last day, and finished in the fifth position on the overall standings.
35a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Sabadell – Barcelona (Tibidabo)||100km||Alfredo Esmatges|
|2a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||46km||Gabriel Company|
|3a stage||Barcelona – Mataró||100km||Vicente Iturat|
|4a stage||Mataró – Perpignan||177km||José Mateo|
|5a stage||Perpignan – Escaldes (And)||177km||Miguel Pacheco|
|6a stage||Escaldes – Valls (And)||209km||Jesús Loroño|
|Valls – Tortosa (en dos sectors)
7a Valls – Vinaròs
7b Vinaròs – Tortosa
|8a stage||Tortosa – Reus||131km||Jesús Loroño|
|9a stage||Reus – Vilanova i la Geltrú||112km||Salvador Botella|
|10a stage||Autòdrom Terramar (Sitges)||60km||Franco Giacchero|
|11a stage||Vilanova i la Geltrú – Barcelona||113km||Federico Bahamontes|
Podium: José Gómez del Moral / Gabriel Company / Emilio Rodríguez
From September 2nd to 9th, 1956, the Volta celebrated its 36th edition with 82 cyclists. Miquel Poblet, after a year of absence, came back with strength and won up to 3 stages, in an edition in which the victory was for Aniceto Utset, who knew how to hold the first position despite not winning any stage.
The podiumum was completed by Vicente Itural and Francesc Masip, with Poblet in fourth place.
36a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Sabadell – Barcelona||72km||Juan Amor|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Igualada||70km||Miquel Poblet|
|3a stage||Igualada – Puigcerdà||207km||Juan Escolà|
|4a stage||Puigcerdà – Lleida||195km||Alfred Tonello|
|5a stage||Lleida – Vinaròs||230km||Vicente Iturat|
||Vinaròs – València (dos sectors)
6a Vinaròs – La Vall d’Uixó
6b La Vall d’Uixó – València
|7a stage||València – Tortosa||190km||Gabriel Saura|
|8a stage||Tortosa – Reus||145km||Miquel Poblet|
|9a stage||Reus – Barcelona||147km||Miquel Poblet|
Podium: Aniceto Utset / Vicente Iturat / Francesc Masip
The Volta of 1957, which was played from September 1st to 8th with 10 stages, was presented with a duel between Jesús Loroño and Federico Martín Bahamontes, who had previously given a great show in the Vuelta a España.
The absolute triumph was for Loroño, who dominated with authority a fantastic year and managed to add to his great track record the 37th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Bahamontes suffered many mechanical problems and lost all options in the eighth stage.
37a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||48km||Miquel Poblet|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Reus||121km||Roger Buchonnet|
|3a stage||Reus – Vinaròs||160km||Willy Schroeders|
|4a stage||Vinaròs – La Vall d’Uixó||115km||Joseph Hoevenaers|
|5a stage CRI||Circuit La Vall d’Uixó||40km||Jesús Loroño|
|6a stage||La Vall d’Uixó – Tortosa||149km||Hilaire Couvreur|
|7a stage||Tortosa – Lleida||186km||Gabriel Company|
|8a stage||Lleida – Puigcerdà||186km||Salvador Botella|
|9a stage||Puigcerdà – Granollers||169km||Santiago Mostajo|
|10a stage||Granollers – Barcelona||122km||Miquel Poblet|
Podium: Jesús Loroño / Salvador Botella / René Marigil
With 89 cyclists, the Volta Ciclista of 1958, in its 38th edition, saw the first triumph of a Belgian cyclist. The victory was by cyclist Richard Van Genechten, who overtook Gabriel Mas and Aniceto Utset on the final podiumum.
The race was held on the traditional dates of September and Miquel Poblet could add a new stage win in his record.
38a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||48km||Juan Bibiloni|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Reus||119km||Fernando Manzaneque|
|3a stage||Reus – Tortosa||147km||Antonio Bertrán|
|4a stage||Tortosa – Lleida||186km||Julio San Emeterio|
|5a stage||Lleida – Puigcerdà||166km||Vicente Iturat|
|6a stage||Puigcerdà – Girona||158km||José Segú|
|7a stage||Girona – Granollers||180km||Miquel Poblet|
|8a stage||Granollers – Berga||202km||Richard Van Genechten|
|9a stage||Berga – Barcelona||178km||Richard Van Genechten|
Podium: Richard Van Genechten / Gabriel Mas / Aniceto Utset
The 39th edition of the Volta was from September 6th to 13th with 9 stages through the Catalan territory. Poblet added three more stages to the list, with victories in the first, sixth and final stage, while the absolute triumph was by the Valencian Salvador Botella.
It was the second absolute victory for Botella, who was accompanied to the podiumum by Fernando Manzaneque and José Herrero Berrendero.
Manzaneque i José Herrero Berrendero.
39a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||39km||Miquel Poblet|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Reus||108km||José Saura|
|3a stage||Reus – Tortosa||113km||José Saura|
|4a stage||Tortosa – Lleida||186km||Giuseppe Dante|
|Lleida – Manresa (dos sectors)
5a Lleida – Vilanova de Bellpuig
5b Vilanova Bellpuig – Manresa
|6a stage||Manresa – Palafrugell||206km||Miquel Poblet|
|7a stage||Palafrugell – Berga||248km||Antonio Karmany|
|8a stage||Berga – Argentona||147km||Addo Kazianka|
|9a stage||Argentona – Barcelona||139km||Miquel Poblet|
Podium: Salvador Botella / Fernando Manzaneque / José Herrero Berrendero
The second absolute victory of Miquel Poblet in the Volta was in 1960. The Montcada and Reixach won eight years later his second Volta, ahead of José Pérez Francés, the great revelation of the race, and Emilio Cruz.
The race was held from September 4th to 11th with 69 cyclists representing teams of commercial brands. This was the opening of the 60’s for the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with the victory of an idol like Poblet.
40a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRI||Circuit de Montjuïc||3,8km||Antonio Gómez Moral|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Reus||120km||Miquel Poblet|
|Reus – Tortosa (dos sectors)
3a Reus -Falset
3b Falset – Tortosa
|Antonio Gómez Moral
Antonio Gómez Moral
|4a stage||Tortosa – Lleida||186km||Miquel Poblet|
|5a stage||Lleida – Puigcerdà||166km||Julio Jiménez|
|6a stage||Puigcerdà – Palafrugell||178km||Miquel Poblet|
|7a stage||Palafrugell – Manresa||214km||Angel Guardiola|
|Monistrol - St Feliu Llobregat (dos sectors)
8a Monistrol -Monestir Montserrat
8b Monestir Montserrat – Sant Feliu
|9a stage||St Feliu Llobregat – Barcelona||148km||José Pérez Francés|
Podium: Miquel Poblet/ José Pérez Francés / Emilio Cruz
From September 17th to 24th, 1961, the 41st edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, as could be seen in the promotional poster. A special edition with the sponsorship of Wynn's, and in which a total of 70 cyclists participated.
The young Frenchman Henri Duez, of the Peugeot-BP team, surprised the home cyclists and won this Volta that celebrated the 50th anniversary (1911-1961) of life.
Jorge Nicolau and Juan Manuel Menéndez completed the podiumum in the 1961 edition, which go through 9 stages.
41a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||39km||Juan Maria Uribezubia|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Palafrugell||122km||Emilio Cruz|
|Palafrugell – Girona (dos sectors)
3a Palafrugell – Figueres
3b Figueres – Girona
|4a stage||Girona – Puigcerdà||164km||Antonio Karmany|
|5a stage||Puigcerdà – Lleida||166km||Henri Duez|
|6a stage||Lleida – Tortosa||210km||Jaume Alomar|
|Tortosa – Tarragona (dos sectors)
7a Tortosa – Amposta
7b Amposta – Tarragona
|8a stage||Tarragona – Manresa||135km||Julio San Emeterio|
|9a stage||Manresa – Barcelona||155km||Ventura Díaz|
Podium: Henri Duez / Jorge Nicolau / Juan Manuel Menéndez
The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya went ahead despite the economic difficulties and the 1962 edition, the 42nd of its history, had 81 cyclists ready to give a show on the Catalan roads, with the Italian team Ignis as the only foreigner.
The victory was for the Mallorcan Antoni Karmany, of the KAS, who beat his teammate Manuel Martín Piñera and Ginés Garcia.
A 58km time trial between Girona and Palafrugell, won by Pérez Francés, was decisive for Karmany's victory.
42a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||39km||Valentín Uriona|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Tarragona||133km||Marcel Ongenae|
|3a stage||Tarragona – Zaragoza||239km||Rino Benedetti|
|Zaragoza – Lleida (dos sectors)
4a Zaragoza – Binéfar
4b Binéfar – Lleida
|5a stage||Lleida – Manresa||131km||Antonio Karmany|
|6a stage||Manresa – Argentona||182km||Julio Jiménez|
|7a stage||Argentona – Banyoles||183km||Juan Sánchez|
|8a stage CRI||Girona – Palafrugell||58km||José Pérez Francés|
|9a stage||Palafrugell – Barcelona||179km||Bruno Mealli|
Podium: Antonio Karmany / Manuel Martín Piñera / Ginés García
The 43rd edition of the Volta was for another Frenchman, Joseph Novales, even though he was born in Huesca. The foreign participation was remarkable this time, with Italian, French and Belgian runners, and good national stars like Bahamontes or Perez Francés, in addition of last year winner, Karmany.
Novales, who made a difference of more than 5 minutes to his rivals Angelino Soler and Antonio Suárez, won a stage and defended his leadership from the third stage, finished in Lloret de Mar.
43a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Circuit de Montjuïc||39km||Jean Graczyk|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Calella||77km||Jean Graczyk|
|3a stage||Calella – Lloret de Mar||186km||Frans Brands|
|Lloret de Mar – Ribes de Freser (dos sectors)
4a Lloret – St Feliu de Guíxols
4b St Feliu Guíxols – Ribes Freser
Margnat - Paloma
|5a stage||Ribes de Freser – Escaldes (And)||120km||Antonio Karmany|
|6a stage||La Seu d’Urgell – Tarragona||229km||Antonio Bertrán|
|7a stage||Tarragona – Tortosa||143km||Jaume Alomar|
|Tortosa – Reus (dos sectors)
8a Tortosa – Salou
8b Salou – Reus
|9a stage||Reus – Barcelona||141km||Antón Barrutia|
Podium: Joseph Novales / Angelino Soler / Antonio Suárez
The town of Castelldefels was the starting point of the 1964 Volta, with a 69km stage with a final in Barcelona in which the Italian Primo Nardello won the sprint. The 44th edition of the Volta was very open, with 76 runners who took the start.
The Frenchman Joseph Carrara got an advantage over 15 minutes in a flight in the fourth stage and managed his income. The podiumum was completed by the Italian Pasquale Fabbri and José Maria Errandonea.
44a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Castelldefels – Barcelona||69km||Primo Nardello|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Calella||94km||José Pérez Francés|
|3a stage||Calella – Lloret de Mar||191km||Roberto Morales|
|Lloret de Mar - Campelles (dos sectors)
4a Lloret – Ribes de Freser
4b Cronoescalada Campelles
|5a stage||Ribes de Freser – St Julià de Lòria||114km||Jacinto Urrestarazu|
|6a stage||St Julià Lòria – Tarragona||229km||Winfried Boelke|
|7a stage||Tarragona – Alcanar||186km||José Maria Errandonea|
||Alcanar – Salou (dos sectors)
8a Alcanar – Salou
8b Salou – Salou
Antonio Gómez Moral
|9a stage||Salou – Barcelona||149km||Valentín Uriona|
Podium: Joseph Carrara / Pasquale Fabbri / José Maria Errandonea
The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya of 1965 started with a time trial stage in Tortosa, and with the KAS favoritism. 8 stages between September 12th and 19th that gathered 76 cyclists.
The winner of the general classification was Antonio Gómez de Moral, brother of the winner of 1955, José Gómez de Moral. His teammate Carlos Echevarría KAS was second, and the Italian Roberto Poggiali, was third.
45a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage CRI||Tortosa – Tortosa||79km||Uriona - Gabica|
|2a stage||Tortosa – Tarragona||149km||Remo Stefanoni|
|3a stage||Tarragona – Lleida||112km||Imerio Massignan|
|4a stage||Lleida – Sant Julià Lòria (And)||150km||Joao Roque|
|Andorra – Olot (dos sectors)
5a Cronoescalada La Rabassa
5b St Julià Lòria – Olot
|Antonio Gómez Moral
Díaz – Gabica – Alves
|Olot – Sant Feliu de Guíxols (dos sectors)
6a Olot – La Bisbal de l’Empordà
6b La Bisbal – St Feliu de Guíxols
|Antonio Gómez Moral
Antonio Gómez Moral
||St Feliu de Guíxols – Castelldefels (dos sectors)
St Feliu de Guíxols – Vallpineda (Sitges)
Vallpineda (Sitges) – Castelldefels
|8a stage||Castelldefels – Barcelona||68km||Valentín Uriona|
Podium: Antonio Gómez del Moral / Carlos Echevarría / Roberto Poggiali
The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya give a step forward in its 46th edition, especially in foreign participation. Names such as the mythical Jacques Anquetil, Paul Gutty, the Belgian Walter Godefroot and the Swiss Louis Pfenninger, gave prestige to the Catalan race.
The triumph was for the Dutchman Arie Den Hartog, ahead of the French Jaques Anquetil and Paul Gutty.
One of the main protagonists of this edition was the Belgian Godefroot, who won up to 4 stages in a Volta that started in Sabadell.
46a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Sabadell – Barcelona||80km||Walter Godefroot|
|2a stage||Barcelona – Cambrils||114km||Walter Godefroot|
|3a stage||Cambrils – Sant Carles de la Ràpita||131km||Anatole Novak|
|4a stage||St Carles de la Ràpita – Tarragona||156km||Walter Godefroot|
|5a stage||Tarragona – La Massana (And)||212km||Arie Den Hartog|
|6a stage||Escaldes (And) – Cotlliure (Fr)||196km||Julien Stevens|
||Cotlliure (Fr) – Lloret de Mar (dos sectors)
7a Cotlliure – St Feliu de Guíxols
7b St Feliu de Guíxols – Lloret
|8a stage||Lloret de Mar – Vallpineda (Sitges)||156km||Eric Demunster|
|9a stage||Vallpineda (Sitges) – Barcelona||90km||Walter Godefroot|
Podium: Arie Den Hartog / Jacques Anquetil / Paul Gutty
The 1967 Volta, in its 47th edition, had an illustrious winner. The French Jacques Anquetil, winner of 5 Tours, 2 Giros and a Vuelta, completed his impressive track record with a Volta at the end of his career.
The Frenchman, who represented the BIC team, overcame his rival of the KAS Antonio Gómez de Moral and the Swiss Robert Hagmann in an edition to remember that started with a stage between Tortosa and Terrassa and finished in a stage between L’Estartit and Castelldefels.
47a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Terrassa – Tortosa||205km||Willy Vanneste|
|2a stage||Tortosa – St. Carles de la Ràpita||104km||Daniel Van Rijckeghem|
|3a stage||St. Carles de Ràpita – Tarragona||111km||Gregorio San Miguel|
||Tarragona – Manresa (dos sectors)
4a Tarragona – Moià
4b Moià – Manresa
|Antonio Gómez Moral
Antonio Gómez Moral
Manresa - Tàrrega (dos sectors)
5a Manresa –Barcelona
5b Barcelona -Tàrrega
Daniel Van Rijkeghem
Daniel Van Rijkeghem
|6a stage||Tàrrega – Camprodon||237km||Jan Janssen|
|Camprodon l’Estartit (dos sectors)
7a Camprodon – Figueres
7b Figueres – L’Estartit
|8a stage||L’Estartit – Castelldefels||180km||Daniel Van Rijckeghem|
Podium: Jacques Anquetil / Antonio Gómez del Moral / Robert Hagmann
Probably the 48th edition of the Volta is one of the most remembered in its history due to the excellent participation, and the battle between the favourites. Mythical names of cycling like Eddy Merckx, Felice Gimondi and Luis Ocaña disputed the victory.
The Cannibal Eddy Merckx, who during his career won 5 Tours, 5 Giro, 1 Vuelta and was three times World champion, also left his name in the track record of the Volta, when he was only 23 years old.
The podiumum was the following: Eddy Merckx, Felice Gimondi and Giancarlo Ferretti, with Ocaña on the fourth position. One of the best "Volta" in history with a memorable winner. It was held from September 8th to 15th with 62 cyclists.
48a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a stage||Tona – Cambrils||187km||Guido Reybrouck|
|2a stage||Cambrils – Tàrrega||187km||Eddy Merckx|
|3a stage||Tàrrega – Vielha e Mijaran||208km||Domingo Perurena|
|4a stage||València d’Aneu – Tremp||82km||Dino Zandegu|
|5a stage||Tremp – Vic||210km||Gabino Ereñozaga|
|6a Vic – Figueres
6b Figueres – Roses
|7a stage||Roses – Caldes d’Estrac||177km||Francisco Cabica|
|8a stage||St. Vicenç Montalt – Barcelona||169km||Ramon Mendiburu|
Podium: Eddy Merckx / Felice Gimondi / Giancarlo Ferretti
Starting in Figueres, the Volta of 1969 had one of the most exciting editions in history, since Mariano Díaz, of the Fagor team, won by only 8 seconds against Franco Bitossi (Filotex) and 27 seconds over Jesús Manzaneque ( La Casera - Bahamontes), third classified.
An edition without cyclists of as much renown as the previous one, but that was very exciting because of the uncertainty in the final triumph. The course ended in Manresa on September 16th with a stage victory by Italian Bitossi, who won the last two stages consecutively.
49a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
||1a Figueres – Empuriabrava
1b Empuriabrava – Arbúcies
|2a stage||Arbúcies – Mollet del Vallès||189km||Dino Zandegu|
|3a stage||Mollet del Vallès – Balaguer||171km||Alberto Della Torre|
||4a Balaguer – Flix
4b Flix – Amposta
|Juan Ma Uribezubia
|5a stage||Amposta – Tortosa||175km||Flaviano Vicentini|
|6a stage||Tortosa – Barcelona||218km||Agustín Tamames|
|7a stage||Barcelona – St. Hilari de Sacalm||199km||Franco Bitossi|
|8a stage||Sant Hilari de Sacalm – Manresa||151km||Franco Bitossi|
Podium: Mariano Díaz / Franco BItossi / Jesús Manzaneque
The decade of the 70s was inaugurated with the 50th edition of the Volta, the Golden weddings of the Catalan event, the third oldest stage race in the world after the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. To celebrate this anniversary the Volta had up to 11 stages, with presence throughout the territory (Manresa, Tarragona, Lleida, Vielha e Mijaran, Puigcerdà, Girona, and final in Barcelona, among many other cities).
Franco Bitossi, the Italian who had already finished second in the previous edition, had the honor of winning this Volta. The podiumum was completed by Francisco Galdós and the French Bernard Labourdette., With Luis Ocaña in the tenth position.
50a edition Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
|1a Manresa – Tarragona
1b Tarragona – Tarragona
Bic - Fagor
|2a stage||Tarragona – Tortosa||173km||Ugo Colombo|
|3a stage||Tortosa – Lleida||139km||Michel Wright|
|4a stage||Lleida – Vielha e Mijaran||225km||Vicente López Carril|
|5a stage||Tremp – Puigcerdà||165km||Miguel Mari Lasa|
|6a stage||Alp – Girona||185km||Manuel Mesa|
|7a Girona – Mollet del Vallès
7b Mollet del Vallès – Mataró
|8a stage||Mataró – Calafell||170km||Marc Sohet|
|9a stage||Segur de Calafell – Barcelona||124km||José Manuel Fuente|
Podium: Franco Bitossi / Francisco Galdós / Bernard Labourdette