The spectacle of women's cycling returns to Sant Cugat on Sunday with the 3rd edition of the reVolta
May 27 th 2022 - 10:14
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, May 27th 2022).- All the preparations are ready for an international peloton of more than eighty cyclists to start the 3rd edition of the reVolta in Sant Cugat del Vallès on Sunday 29 May. The women's race of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya will once again feature a demanding route based in the city of Vallès, with a participation headed by UCI category teams such as Cofidis and Massi-Tactic, the only Catalan team in the international elite.
The most important event of the year in the women's cycling calendar in Catalonia returns to Sant Cugat for the second consecutive year, reaffirming the commitment of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Associació Esportiva and Sant Cugat City Council to women's sport. After the success of last year's edition, a 97.1-kilometre route through Vallès Occidental, Baix Llobregat, Anoia and Alt Penedès, with the scoring passes of Alt de Capçuda (third category) and Alt de la Creu d'Aragall (first category) promise a selective race among the various UCI international level cyclists who will start the 3rd edition of the reVolta.
The great novelty this year is the presence of the Cofidis Women's Team, which in its first year as UCI Women's Continental Team will participate in the reVolta, and will do so with a young team of four cyclists. French rider Cédrine Kerbaol (2001), who recently finished second in the Bretagne Ladies Tour, German rider Clara Koppenburg (1995), winner of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana 2019, French rider Olivia Onesti (2003), with an important international MTB career, and Canadian Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (1993), who already knows what it's like to race in Catalonia after two years with the Massi-Tactic team, will be in Sant Cugat.
The Massi-Tactic Women's Team riders, the only Catalan team in the elite with four years of experience as a UCI team, will not want to make it easy for them, and will have ten riders on the start line of the reVolta. After a busy month of May with several international races, the Girona team will face the race with ambition with the fourth classified last year, Mireia Benito (1995), who fought for the podium in the recent Navarra Elite Classics against the best riders in the world, who will have at her side the Catalans Mireia Trias (2000), Martina Moreno (2001) and Sara Méndez (2003), the German Corinna Lechner (1994), the Swedish Nathalie Eeklund (1991), the Dutch Maaike Coljé (1997), the Polish Aurela Nerlo (1998), the Mexican Andrea Ramírez (1999) and the Andalusian veteran Belén López (1984), who is living her last races as an elite cyclist.
The presence of state UCI teams will be completed by the Galician Team Farto-BTC, which will be in Sant Cugat again with eight participants, while the participation of other cyclists from international teams will be completed with the expected presence of practically all the Catalan cyclists who are currently racing at the highest level, such as the Spanish elite Cup champion Patricia Ortega (1988, Sopela Women's Team), the 2021 Catalan champion Iris Gómez (1986, Bizkaia-Durango), Sílvia Zúñiga (1985, Eneicat-RBH Global) and Elisabet Escursell (1996), cyclist of the Italian team Bepink.
Finally, 83 cyclists are expected to take the start this Sunday in the Avinguda Pla de Vinyet in Sant Cugat, with the presence of many national teams such as Zaaf Cycling Team, Catema.cat, Tot-net Terrassa or Barcelona Pista Club Esportiu, in addition to the participation of the French Groupe Abadie-CC Le Boulou, with a notable presence of Catalan cyclists like the current leader of the Catalan Cup Raquel Torrell, the Galician Kiwi Atlántico-Louriña and the San Mateo Procycling of Colombia, among other habitual cyclists of the Catalan calendar who will have the opportunity to compete in a rider of international level.
The women's race of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya is consolidated this year as a one-day race in the cycling calendar with its own venue and route, repeating Sant Cugat del Vallès as the venue after a first edition in 2018 held in the final stage of the 98th Volta a Catalunya. The winner this Sunday will take over the reVolta from the American Lauren Stephens, winner of that first edition, and the Norwegian Katrine Aalerud, the Movistar Team rider who won in a thrilling sprint last 2021 in Sant Cugat del Vallès, which this year will once again vibrate with the spectacle of women's cycling.
The race can be followed live on the race's social networks, while the Esport3 television channel will broadcast a summary in the following days.