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Volta a Catalunya
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Race details
Date Late-May
Region Catalonia
English name Tour of Catalonia
Local name(s) Volta a Catalunya (Catalan)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI ProTour
Type Stage-race
History
First edition 1911
Editions 89 (as of 2009)
First winner Spain Sebastià Masdeu
Most wins Spain Mariano Cañardo (7 wins)
Most recent Spain Alejandro Valverde

The Volta a Catalunya is a popular road bicycle race held annually in Catalonia. It is a part of the UCI ProTour programme, ranking only second behind the Vuelta a España in popularity for Spain. Due to its place in the riding calendar (after the Giro d'Italia), it was long viewed as an important Tour de France preparation race for cyclists. After the inauguration of the ProTour, the race moved to may, making it an alternative for the Giro. This didn't prove to be a successful change, and for the 2010 season, the race organisation announced a move to late March[1], the date formerly held by another Catalan stage race, the Setmana Catalana. The first edition was held in January and lasted for three days.[2]

The overall winner receives a white and green striped jersey. It is one of 24 races that make up the UCI World Ranking calendar.

The Volta a Catalunya is the third oldest cycling stage race in the world (first time in 1911), only behind the Tour de France (1903) and the Giro d'Italia (1909).

Past winners

Rider Team
1911 Spain Sebastià Masdeu (ESP)
1912 Spain Josep Magdalena (ESP)
1913 Spain Joan Martí (ESP)
1914–
1919
No race
1920 France José Pelletier (FRA)
1921 No race
1922 No race
1923 France Maurice Ville (FRA)
1924 Spain Miquel Mucio (ESP)
1925 Spain Miquel Mucio (ESP)
1926 France Víctor Fontan (FRA)
1927 France Víctor Fontan (FRA)
1928 Spain Mariano Cañardo (ESP)
1929 Spain Mariano Cañardo (ESP)
1930 Spain Mariano Cañardo (ESP)
1931 Spain Salvador Cardona (ESP)
1932 Spain Mariano Cañardo (ESP)
1933 Italy Alfredo Bovet (ITA)
1934 Italy Bernardo Rogora (ITA)
1935 Spain Mariano Cañardo (ESP)
1936 Spain Mariano Cañardo (ESP)
1937 No race
1938 No race
1939 Spain Mariano Cañardo (ESP)
1940 Luxembourg Cristóbal Didier (LUX)
1941 Spain Antoni Andreu Sancho (ESP)
1942 Spain Federico Ezquerra (ESP)
1943 Spain Julián Berrendero (ESP)
1944 Spain Miguel Casas (ESP)
1945 Spain Bernardo Ruiz (ESP)
1946 Spain Julián Berrendero (ESP)
1947 Spain Emilio Rodríguez (ESP)
1948 Spain Emilio Rodríguez (ESP)
1949 France Emxile Rol (FRA)
1950 Spain Antoni Gelabert (ESP)
1951 Italy Primo Volpi (ITA)
1952 Spain Miguel Poblet (ESP)
1953 Spain Salvador Botella (ESP)
1954 Italy Walter Serena (ITA)
1955 Spain José Gómez-Moral (ESP)
1956 Spain Anciet Utset (ESP)
1957 Spain Jesús Loroño (ESP)
1958 Belgium Richard Van Genechten (BEL)
1959 Spain Salvador Botella (ESP)
1960 Spain Miguel Poblet (ESP)
1961 France Henri Duez (FRA)
1962 Spain Antonio Karmany (ESP)
Rider Team
1963 France Joseph Novales (FRA)
1964 France Joseph Carrara (FRA)
1965 Spain Antonio Gómez-Moral (ESP)
1966 Netherlands Arie Den Hartog (NED)
1967 France Jacques Anquetil (FRA)
1968 Belgium Eddy Merckx (BEL)
1969 Spain Mariano Díaz (ESP)
1970 Italy Franco Bitossi (ITA)
1971 Spain Luis Ocaña (ESP)
1972 Italy Felice Gimondi (ITA)
1973 Spain Domingo Perurena (ESP)
1974 France Bernard Thévenet (FRA)
1975 Italy Fausto Bertoglio (ITA)
1976 Spain Enrique Martínez Heredia (ESP)
1977 Belgium Freddy Maertens (BEL)
1978 Italy Francesco Moser (ITA)
1979 Spain Vicente Belda (ESP)
1980 Spain Marino Lejarreta (ESP) Teka
1981 Spain Faustino Ruperez (ESP) Zor
1982 Spain Alberto Fernández (ESP) Teka
1983 Spain Josep Recio (ESP) Kelme
1984 Republic of Ireland Seán Kelly (IRL) Skil-Sem
1985 United Kingdom Robert Millar (GBR) Peugeot
1986 Republic of Ireland Seán Kelly (IRL) KAS
1987 Spain Álvaro Pino (ESP) BH
1988 Spain Miguel Indurain (ESP) Reynolds
1989 Spain Marino Lejarreta (ESP) Caja Rural
1990 Spain Laudelino Cubino (ESP) BH
1991 Spain Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto
1992 Spain Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto
1993 Colombia Álvaro Mejía (COL) Motorola
1994 Italy Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) Carrera
1995 France Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1996 Switzerland Alex Zülle (SUI) ONCE
1997 Spain Fernando Escartín (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
1998 Colombia Hernan Buenahora (COL) Vitalicio Seguros
1999 Spain Manuel Beltrán (ESP) Banesto
2000 Spain José Maria Jimenez (ESP) Banesto
2001 Spain Joseba Beloki (ESP) ONCE-Eroski
2002 Spain Roberto Heras (ESP) US Postal
2003 Spain José Antonio Pecharroman (ESP) Costa de Almería-Paternina
2004 Spain Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero (ESP) Phonak
2005 Ukraine Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) Discovery Channel
2006 Spain David Cañada (ESP) Saunier Duval-Prodir
2007 Russia Vladimir Karpets (RUS) Caisse d'Epargne
2008 Spain Gustavo César (ESP) Karpin-Galicia
2009 Spain Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne

See also

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