Volta a Catalunya
Alejandro Valverde defends from Monday bib number 1 of the Volta a Catalunya. He won this race last year after a great exhibition with three stage victories. Bala returns to this World Tour event together with a powerful Movistar Team, which includes the Colombian Nairo Quintana, winner in Catalonia in 2016, or the local Marc Soler, who conquered the recent edition of the Paris-Nice.
In front of them await strong rivals like the Yates brothers, the Colombians Rigoberto Urán and Esteban Chaves, the Italian Fabio Aru, the French Thibaut Pinot or the Team Sky navy led by Sergio Henao and David De la Cruz.
Valverde, who also achieved the victory in the general classification of the Volta in 2009, will have to face a very demanding route, with seven dangerous stages. Except for the first day in Calella, that seems reserved for the fast men, the others stages have different complications, with two mountain finishes in Vallter 2000 and La Molina. This is the third tour for the Murcian this season, who has achieved the victory in the two disputed so far: the Tour of Valencia and the Abu Dhabi Tour.