2011 Volta a Catalunya

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2011 Volta a Catalunya
2011 UCI World Tour, race 5 of 27
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2011.png
Race details
Dates 21–27 March
Stages 7[1]
Distance 1,242.6 km (772.1 mi)
Winning time 29h 24' 42" (42.249 km/h or 26.252 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Michele Scarponi (ITA) (Lampre-ISD)
Second  Daniel Martin (IRL) (Garmin-Cervélo)
Third  Chris Horner (USA) (Team RadioShack)

Mountains  Nairo Quintana (COL) (Colombia es Pasión-Café de Colombia)
Sprints  Rubén Pérez (ESP) (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Team Team RadioShack
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2012

The 2011 Volta a Catalunya was the 91st running of the Volta a Catalunya cycling stage race. It started on 21 March in Lloret de Mar and ended on 27 March in Barcelona, and consisted on seven stages. It was the fifth race of the 2011 UCI World Tour season.

The race was won by Saxo Bank-SunGard rider Alberto Contador, who claimed the leader's white with green-striped jersey with a stage win on stage three, maintaining his advantage until the end of the race.[2] Contador's winning margin over runner-up Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) was 23 seconds, and Garmin-Cervélo's Daniel Martin completed the podium, 35 seconds down on Contador. Martin made the podium at the expense of Team RadioShack rider Levi Leipheimer, who pulled out of the race before the final stage.[3]

In the race's other classifications, Euskaltel-Euskadi's Rubén Pérez took home the white jersey for amassing the highest number of points during stages at intermediate sprints, Colombia es Pasión-Café de Colombia rider Nairo Quintana won the King of the Mountains classification, with Team RadioShack finishing at the head of the teams classification.

Teams competing[edit]

24 teams were invited to the 2011 Volta a Catalunya. The teams were:

Stages[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

21 March 2011 – Lloret de Mar to Lloret de Mar, 166.9 km (103.7 mi)
Stage 1 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Gatis Smukulis (LAT) HTC-Highroad 4h 08' 48"
2  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Lampre-ISD + 28"
3  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team + 28"
4  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 28"
5  Jan Bakelants (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto + 28"
6  Maxime Bouet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 28"
7  Paolo Tiralongo (ITA) Astana + 28"
8  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 28"
9  Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank + 28"
10  Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank-SunGard + 28"
General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1  Gatis Smukulis (LAT) Red jersey HTC-Highroad 4h 08' 48"
2  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Lampre-ISD + 28"
3  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team + 28"
4  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 28"
5  Jan Bakelants (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto + 28"
6  Maxime Bouet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 28"
7  Paolo Tiralongo (ITA) Astana + 28"
8  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 28"
9  Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank + 28"
10  Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank-SunGard + 28"

Stage 2[edit]

22 March 2011 – Santa Coloma de Farners to Banyoles, 169.3 km (105.2 mi)
Stage 2 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Lampre-ISD 4h 11' 08"
2  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
3  Manuel Antonio Cardoso (POR) Team RadioShack s.t.
4  Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Cofidis s.t.
5  Aitor Galdós (ESP) Caja Rural s.t.
6  Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Leopard Trek s.t.
7  Michel Kreder (NED) Garmin-Cervélo s.t.
8  Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Cervélo s.t.
9  Valentin Iglinsky (KAZ) Astana s.t.
10  Carlos Barredo (ESP) Rabobank s.t.
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1  Gatis Smukulis (LAT) HTC-Highroad 8h 19' 56"
2  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Lampre-ISD + 28"
3  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team + 28"
4  Jan Bakelants (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto + 28"
5  Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Cervélo + 28"
6  Carlos Barredo (ESP) Rabobank + 28"
7  Dario Cataldo (ITA) Quick Step + 28"
8  Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto + 28"
9  Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank-SunGard + 28"
10  Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank + 28"

Stage 3[edit]

23 March 2011 – La Vall d'en Bas to Vallnord, 183.9 km (114.3 mi)
Stage 3 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank-SunGard 4h 45' 31"
2  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre-ISD + 23"
3  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 23"
4  Daniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Cervélo + 35"
5  Chris Horner (USA) Team RadioShack + 35"
6  Alex Caño (COL) Colombia es Pasión-Café de Colombia + 35"
7  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale + 38"
8  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 38"
9  Xavier Tondó (ESP) Movistar Team + 38"
10  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 50"
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1  Alberto Contador (ESP) Red jersey Saxo Bank-SunGard 13h 05' 55"
2  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 23"
3  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre-ISD + 23"
4  Daniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Cervélo + 35"
5  Chris Horner (USA) Team RadioShack + 35"
6  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 38"
7  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale + 38"
8  Xavier Tondó (ESP) Movistar Team + 38"
9  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 50"
10  Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank + 1' 12"

Stage 4[edit]

24 March 2011 – La Seu d'Urgell to El Vendrell, 195 km (121.2 mi)
Stage 4 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Manuel Antonio Cardoso (POR) Team RadioShack 4h 33' 02"
2  Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Leopard Trek s.t.
3  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
4  Aitor Galdós (ESP) Caja Rural s.t.
5  František Raboň (CZE) HTC-Highroad s.t.
6  Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Cofidis s.t.
7  Will Clarke (AUS) Leopard Trek s.t.
8  Michel Kreder (NED) Garmin-Cervélo s.t.
9  Michał Gołaś (POL) Vacansoleil-DCM s.t.
10  Daniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Cervélo s.t.
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1  Alberto Contador (ESP) Red jersey Saxo Bank-SunGard 17h 38' 57"
2  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 23"
3  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre-ISD + 23"
4  Daniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Cervélo + 35"
5  Chris Horner (USA) Team RadioShack + 35"
6  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 38"
7  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale + 38"
8  Xavier Tondó (ESP) Movistar Team + 38"
9  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 50"
10  Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank + 1' 12"

Stage 5[edit]

25 March 2011 – El Vendrell to Tarragona, 213.5 km (132.7 mi)
Stage 5 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Cofidis 4h 49' 31"
2  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
3  Rubén Pérez (ESP) White jersey Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
4  Aitor Galdós (ESP) Caja Rural s.t.
5  Michał Gołaś (POL) Vacansoleil-DCM s.t.
6  Diego Milán (ESP) Caja Rural s.t.
7  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
8  Manuel Antonio Cardoso (POR) Team RadioShack s.t.
9  Kenny Dehaes (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto s.t.
10  František Raboň (CZE) HTC-Highroad s.t.
General Classification after Stage 5
Rider Team Time
1  Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank-SunGard 22h 28' 28"
2  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 23"
3  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre-ISD + 23"
4  Daniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Cervélo + 35"
5  Chris Horner (USA) Team RadioShack + 35"
6  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 38"
7  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale + 38"
8  Xavier Tondó (ESP) Movistar Team + 38"
9  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 50"
10  Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank + 1' 12"

Stage 6[edit]

26 March 2011 – Tarragona to Mollet del Vallès, 189.5 km (117.7 mi)
Stage 6 Result
Rider Team Time
1  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team 4h 22' 19"
2  Manuel Antonio Cardoso (POR) Team RadioShack s.t.
3  Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Cofidis s.t.
4  Daniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Cervélo s.t.
5  Diego Milán (ESP) Caja Rural s.t.
6  Daniele Pietropolli (ITA) Lampre-ISD s.t.
7  Rubén Pérez (ESP) White jersey Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
8  Kenny Dehaes (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto s.t.
9  Rémi Cusin (FRA) Cofidis s.t.
10  Michał Gołaś (POL) Vacansoleil-DCM s.t.
General Classification after Stage 6
Rider Team Time
1  Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank-SunGard 26h 50' 47"
2  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 23"
3  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre-ISD + 23"
4  Daniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Cervélo + 35"
5  Chris Horner (USA) Team RadioShack + 35"
6  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 38"
7  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale + 38"
8  Xavier Tondó (ESP) Movistar Team + 38"
9  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 50"
10  Kevin Seeldraeyers (BEL) Quick Step + 1' 12"

Stage 7[edit]

27 March 2011 – Parets del Vallès to Barcelona, 124.5 km (77.4 mi)
Stage 7 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Cofidis 2h 33' 55"
2  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky s.t.
3  Kenny Dehaes (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto s.t.
4  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
5  Manuel Antonio Cardoso (POR) Team RadioShack s.t.
6  Aitor Galdós (ESP) Caja Rural s.t.
7  Michał Gołaś (POL) Vacansoleil-DCM s.t.
8  Blel Kadri (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
9  Ivan Rovny (RUS) Team RadioShack s.t.
10  Kevin Seeldraeyers (BEL) Quick Step s.t.
Final General Classification
Rider Team Time
1  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre-ISD 29h 25' 05"
2  Daniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Cervélo + 12"
3  Chris Horner (USA) Team RadioShack + 12"
4  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 15"
5  Xavier Tondó (ESP) Movistar Team + 15"
6  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale + 15"
7  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 27"
8  Kevin Seeldraeyers (BEL) Quick Step + 49"
9  Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank + 49"
10  Blel Kadri (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 49"

Classification leadership[edit]

In the 2011 Volta a Catalunya, three different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding the finishing times of the stages per cyclist, the leader received a white jersey with green stripes on the sleeves, midsection, and collar. This classification was considered the most important of the Volta a Catalunya, and the winner of the general classification was considered the winner of the Volta a Catalunya.

Additionally, there was also a sprint classification, indicated with a white jersey. In the sprint classification, cyclists received points for being one of the first three in intermediate sprints, with three points awarded for first place, two for second, and one for third.

There was also a mountains classification, indicated with a red jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a mountain before other cyclists. All climbs were categorized, hors-, first, second, or third-category, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs.

Stage Winner General Classification
Mountains Classification
Jersey red.svg
Sprint Classification
Jersey white.svg
Team Classification
1 Gatis Smukulis Gatis Smukulis Gatis Smukulis Ben Gastauer HTC-Highroad
2 Alessandro Petacchi Julián Sánchez Rubén Pérez
3 Michele Scarponi Levi Leipheimer Michele Scarponi José Vicente Toribio Team RadioShack
4 Manuel Antonio Cardoso Rubén Pérez
5 Samuel Dumoulin Nairo Quintana
6 José Joaquín Rojas
7 Samuel Dumoulin Michele Scarponi
Final Michele Scarponi Nairo Quintana Rubén Pérez Team RadioShack

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GENERAL INDIVIDUAL DESPUES DE LA ETAPA 7ª" (PDF). Edosof. AS&A. 27 March 2011. p. 7. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Contador wins Tour of Catalunya". Yahoo! Eurosport (TF1 Group). Reuters. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Leipheimer abandons in Catalunya". Yahoo! Eurosport (TF1 Group). Reuters. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 

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