L'Escala makes its debut in the Volta with a stage start
November 10 th 2021 - 13:30
After 100 editions and 111 years of life, the 101 edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya will make its debut in the town of L'Escala, which will host a stage start of the catalan race. An historic event for this town located in the Alt Empordà, after the agreement between the organiser of the race and the town council, which was announced today at a press conference attended by the mayor, Víctor Puga, the president of the Volta, Rubèn Peris, and the sports deputy of the Diputació de Girona, Jordi Masquef.
There are few catalan towns that the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya has not yet add to its history of starts and finishes stages, and next year 2022 will add one more: L'Escala will be the protagonist of a stage start that will bring together the best teams and riders in the world.
“This is an event with worldwide repercussions and we are very happy that the Volta has the start of one of its stages in L'Escala and allows us to be part of this prestigious event and project L'Escala at an international level, showing our tourist, heritage, gastronomic and natural attractions", said the mayor of L'Escala, Víctor Puga.
“We are really making history with this start, as it is the first time that the Volta will visit L'Escala. It is one more attraction for this 101 edition, and I would like to thank the commitment of the town council for make it possible", said Rubèn Peris, president of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Associació Esportiva.
With just over 10.000 inhabitants, L'Escala has an exceptional natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage and a long historical tradition, such as the anchovy industry, and stand out for its great tourist attraction, where bicycle itineraries have become a point of reference.
The arrival of the Volta will give all cycling lovers the chance to see their favourites riders in a stage start where the best teams in the world will have a new day of cycling in the catalan race, which is part of the UCI World Tour calendar.
With a spectacular media coverage, which in this last edition reached 190 countries and an audience of 15,7 million viewers through Eurosport, the Volta is a window to the world for all the towns that are involved as a start or finish stage.
The British Adam Yates, of the INEOS Grenadiers team, was the last rider to add his name to a list of winners that includes some of the best in the history: Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Luis Ocaña, Felice Gimondi, Miguel Indurain and Alejandro Valverde are some of them.