Vilanova i la Geltrú will host a finish stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
October 22 nd 2021 - 10:30
Vilanova i la Geltrú (22-10-2021). - Vilanova i la Geltrú will host a final stage in the 101 edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, after the agreement between the city council of Vilanova i la Geltrú and the organisers of the race. It will be the eighteenth time that the Volta will visit the city, after 10 finishes, the last one in 2016, and 7 stage starts.
Vilanova i la Geltrú will host a final stage of the 101 edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, UCI World Tour event. The race will be held from 21 to 27 March 2022, with the participation of the best riders and teams in the world.
The capital of Garraf began as a Volta city in 1949, in a stage that started in Tortosa and finished in Vilanova i la Geltrú, with the victory of the Italian Angelo Menon. Prestigious riders have won in this city as the sprinters Mario Cipollini (1999) or Erik Zabel (2000). The last one, the Italian sprinter Davide Cimolai (2016).
The mayoress of Vilanova i la Geltrú, Olga Arnau, highlighted the long and renowned cycling tradition in the city, where world-class names have emerged: “Vicenç Iturat, Isaac Gálvez, Joan Font, Débora Gálvez and Marc Soler are the best example of the passion for cycling in Vilanova i la Geltrú. Hosting an event of these characteristics is the recognition of the work and effort of our riders, from base to professional sport, and a unique opportunity to project our city to the world".
“Return to Vilanova i la Geltrú is a great news for the Volta. It is a city with an important cycling tradition and with a public that will be looking forward to seeing the best riders in the world in its streets. We are sure that they will experience a great cycling party in the city”, has stated Rubèn Peris, president of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Associació Esportiva.
With more than 65.000 people, the city stands out for its beaches, its gastronomic, leisure and commercial offers, and its commitment to sports, as evidenced by the fact that it hosts a Volta stage. The catalan race, in its last centenary edition, could be followed on television in 190 countries, with live broadcast to the five continents, and an audience in Europe on Eurosport channels of more than 15 million spectators.
After celebrating the centenary edition, the Volta already has practically all the itinerary for the 101 edition closed, in a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya that will once again be the epicentre of world cycling from 21 to 27 March 2022.
Erik Zabel, winner in Vilanova i la Geltrú in the 2000 year (Arxiu Volta)