The reVolta prepares for its most international edition
April 27 th 2023 - 20:26 [GMT + 2]
The defending champion, Germany's Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis), heads the participation of the 4th edition of the reVolta, the women's race of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, which this Saturday 29 April will be held for the first time on the UCI international calendar with Sant Cugat del Vallès as the venue for the third consecutive year. The race will have fourteen participating teams, which will form an international peloton with cyclists of more than thirty different nationalities and important names such as the Olympic champion Anna Kiesenhofer (Israel Premier Tech-Roland).
Winner of the last edition of the reVolta, Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis) will defend her number 1 bib against a peloton with more international teams than ever before thanks to her promotion to the UCI 1.1 category. The 27-year-old German, one of the leading climbers in world cycling, will be looking for her second victory against a peloton of more than 90 riders in which up to 33 nationalities will be represented. A race that promises to bring the spectacle of the best international women's cycling and that this year can be followed live on television.
The UCI World Team will be represented by the Israel Premier Tech-Roland, which will take part in the reVolta with a team led by the reigning Olympic champion, the Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer, and the British Claire Steels. But they will not be the only names looking to take over from Koppenburg on the demanding course of this 4th edition of the reVolta, where ten UCI Continental Teams, the Catalan national team, the Cyprus national team and the Portuguese team Maiatos will be taking part. The Cypriot team will line up one of the other outstanding names of the race, the veteran Antri Christoforou, cyclist of the World Tour team Human Powered Health and winner last year of a prestigious race such as La Classique Morbihan.
On the other hand, the race will count with UCI Continental teams like the Catalan Massi-Tactic, usual protagonists of the reVolta with the young Canadian Adèle Normand, the BTC City Ljubliana-Scott of the Slovenian veteran Urska Pintar, the international German team Canyon/SRAM Generation, the Norwegian Team Coop-Hitec Products, a Zaaf Cycling Team that counts on names that have made a great beginning of season like the Czech Nikola Noskova and the Australian Danielle De Francesco, the Galician Farto-BTC with the Mexican Ariadna Gutiérrez, 4th classified in the last edition, the powerful Basque team of Laboral Kutxa-Fundación Euskadi with the Spanish U23 champion Iurani Blanco or the great climber Eider Merino and the French teams Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime, participant in the last edition of the Tour de France, and the Team Groupe Abadie.
A more international race than ever: 33 nationalities
Thus, the reVolta will stand out for its international participation, with a peloton of 33 nationalities with cyclists from Spain, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Russia, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Great Britain, Austria, United States, Israel, Ukraine, Slovenia, Jamaica, Paraguay, Rwanda, Algeria, Norway, New Zealand, South Africa, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Iran, Latvia, Belgium, Denmark, Cyprus, Venezuela, Uruguay and Dominican Republic. A number that shows the international projection of a race that this year is definitively consolidated in the increasingly populated calendar of international women's cycling.
The 4th edition of the reVolta has a 126.9 kilometre route starting and finishing in Sant Cugat del Vallès, including three mountain passes: the Coll de Castellbisbal (2nd category) and the Port d'Ullastrell (1st category) in the first third of the race, and the decisive ascent of the Alt de la Creu d'Aragall (1st category), crowned less than 30 kilometres from the finish line. The route, which passes through the counties of Vallès Occidental, Baix Llobregat, Alt Penedès and l'Anoia, will also include two intermediate sprints in Piera and Corbera de Llobregat.
A race that promises a great spectacle and that can be followed live on TV3 and its website from 12 noon onwards. The start and finish line will be located at Avinguda Pla del Vinyet in Sant Cugat del Vallès, where the presentation of teams will take place at 9:10am and the neutralised start will be at 9:50am. The arrival of the first cyclists is scheduled around 13:30h to live the resolution of a 4th edition of the reVolta that will bring international women's cycling in Catalonia with more strength than ever.