Volta a Catalunya

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Volta a Catalunya
Volta a Catalunya logo.png
Race details
Date March
Region Catalonia, Spain
English name Tour of Catalonia
Local name(s)

Vuelta a Cataluña (Spanish)

Volta a Catalunya (Catalan)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type Stage race
Organiser "Volta" Ciclista a Catalunya Associació Esportiva (Unió Esportiva de Sants)
Race director Rubèn Peris
First edition 1911 (1911)
Editions 95 (as of 2015)
First winner  Sebastià Masdeu (ESP)
Most wins  Mariano Cañardo (ESP) (7 wins)
Most recent  Richie Porte (AUS)

The Volta a Catalunya is a popular road bicycle race held annually in Catalonia, Spain. It is a part of the UCI World Tour programme, ranking second behind the Vuelta a España in popularity for Spain along with the Tour of the Basque Country.


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 race was held over seven stages in 2015. 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 28 races that make up the UCI World Ranking calendar. There are also three other classifications. The winner of the points classification (sprints) wears a white jersey, a red jersey the winner of the mountain classification and the jersey of the Catalonia regional cycling team is for the best classified Catalan. There is also a team classification.

The Volta a Catalunya is the fourth-oldest cycling stage race in the world (first time in 1911), only behind the Tour de France (1903), Tour of Belgium (1908) and the Giro d'Italia (1909). Only the amateur and sub-23 Volta a Tarragona (1908) is older than the Volta a Catalunya in Catalonia and the Iberian Peninsula.

Past winners[edit]

Rider Team
1911 Spain Masdeu, SebastiaSebastià Masdeu (ESP)
1912 Spain Magdalena, JosépJosép Magdalena (ESP)
1913 Spain Martí, JuanJuan Martí (ESP)
No race
1920 France Pelletier, JoseJosé Pelletier (FRA)
1921 No race
1922 No race
1923 France Ville, MauriceMaurice Ville (FRA) Automoto-Hutchinson
1924 Spain Mucio, MiquelMiquel Mucio (ESP) U.D. Sans
1925 Spain Mucio, MiquelMiquel Mucio (ESP) U.D. Sans
1926 France Fontan, VictorVíctor Fontan (FRA) individual
1927 France Fontan, VictorVíctor Fontan (FRA) individual
1928 Spain Canardo, MarianoMariano Cañardo (ESP) Elvish-Wolber
1929 Spain Canardo, MarianoMariano Cañardo (ESP) F.C. Barcelona
1930 Spain Canardo, MarianoMariano Cañardo (ESP) Styl
1931 Spain Cardona, SalvadorSalvador Cardona (ESP) individual
1932 Spain Canardo, MarianoMariano Cañardo (ESP) individual
1933 Italy Bovet, AlfredoAlfredo Bovet (ITA) Bianchi
1934 Italy Rogora, BernardoBernardo Rogora (ITA) Gloria
1935 Spain Canardo, MarianoMariano Cañardo (ESP) Orbea
1936 Spain Canardo, MarianoMariano Cañardo (ESP) Colin-Wolber
1937 No race
1938 No race
1939 Spain Canardo, MarianoMariano Cañardo (ESP) individual
1940 Luxembourg Didier, ChristopheChristophe Didier (LUX) Alcyon-Dunlop
1941 Spain Sancho, Antonio AndrésAntonio Andrés Sancho (ESP) individual
1942 Spain Ezquerra, FedericoFédérico Ezquerra (ESP) individual
1943 Spain Berrendero, JulianJulián Berrendero (ESP) F.C. Barcelona
1944 Spain Casas, MiguelMiguel Casas (ESP) individual
1945 Spain Ruiz, BernardoBernardo Ruiz (ESP) individual
1946 Spain Berrendero, JulianJulián Berrendero (ESP) Chiclès-Tabay
1947 Spain Rodriguez, EmilioEmilio Rodríguez (ESP) U.D. Sans-Alas Color-Minaco
1948 Spain Rodriguez, EmilioEmilio Rodríguez (ESP) U.D. Sans-Alas Color
1949 France Rol, EmileEmile Rol (FRA) La Perle-Hutchinson
1950 Spain Gelabert, AntonioAntonio Gelabert (ESP) individual
1951 Italy Volpi, PrimoPrimo Volpi (ITA) Arbos-Talbot
1952 Spain Poblet, MiguelMiguel Poblet (ESP) Canals & Nubiola
1953 Spain Botella, SalvadorSalvador Botella (ESP) individual
1954 Italy Serena, WalterWalter Serena (ITA) Bottecchia-Ursus
1955 Spain Gomez del Moral, JoseJosé Gómez del Moral (ESP) Minaco
1956 Spain Utset, AnicetoAniceto Utset (ESP) Mobylette-Coabania
1957 Spain Lorono, JesusJesús Loroño (ESP)
1958 Belgium Van Genechten, RichardRichard Van Genechten (BEL)
1959 Spain Botella, SalvadorSalvador Botella (ESP)
1960 Spain Poblet, MiguelMiguel Poblet (ESP)
1961 France Duez, HenriHenri Duez (FRA)
1962 Spain Karmany, AntonioAntonio Karmany (ESP)
1963 France Novales, JosephJoseph Novales (FRA)
1964 France Carrara, JosephJoseph Carrara (FRA)
1965 Spain Gomez del Moral, AntonioAntonio Gómez del Moral (ESP)
1966 Netherlands Den Hartog, ArieArie Den Hartog (NED)
1967 France Anquetil, JacquesJacques Anquetil (FRA)
1968 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL)
1969 Spain Diaz, MarianoMariano Díaz (ESP)
1970 Italy Bitossi, FrancoFranco Bitossi (ITA)
1971 Spain Ocana, LuisLuis Ocaña (ESP)
1972 Italy Gimondi, FeliceFelice Gimondi (ITA)
1973 Spain Perurena, DomingoDomingo Perurena (ESP)
1974 France Thevenet, BernardBernard Thévenet (FRA)
1975 Italy Bertoglio, FaustoFausto Bertoglio (ITA)
1976 Spain Martinez, EnriqueEnrique Martínez (ESP)
1977 Belgium Maertens, FreddyFreddy Maertens (BEL)
1978 Italy Moser, FrancescoFrancesco Moser (ITA)
1979 Spain Belda, VicenteVicente Belda (ESP)
1980 Spain Lejarreta, MarinoMarino Lejarreta (ESP) Teka
1981 Spain Ruperez, FaustinoFaustino Ruperez (ESP) Zor
1982 Spain Fernandez, AlbertoAlberto Fernández (ESP) Teka
1983 Spain Recio, JosepJosep Recio (ESP) Kelme
1984 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL) Skil-Sem
1985 United Kingdom Millar, RobertRobert Millar (GBR) Peugeot
1986 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL) KAS
1987 Spain Pino, AlvaroÁlvaro Pino (ESP) BH
1988 Spain Indurain, MiguelMiguel Indurain (ESP) Reynolds
1989 Spain Lejarreta, MarinoMarino Lejarreta (ESP) Caja Rural
1990 Spain Cubino, LaudelinoLaudelino Cubino (ESP) BH
1991 Spain Indurain, MiguelMiguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto
1992 Spain Indurain, MiguelMiguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto
1993 Colombia Mejia, AlvaroÁlvaro Mejía (COL) Motorola
1994 Italy Chiappucci, ClaudioClaudio Chiappucci (ITA) Carrera Jeans-Tassoni
1995 France Jalabert, LaurentLaurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1996 Switzerland Zulle, AlexAlex Zülle (SUI) ONCE
1997 Spain Escartin, FernandoFernando Escartín (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
1998 Colombia Buenahora, HernanHernan Buenahora (COL) Vitalicio Seguros
1999 Spain Beltran, ManuelManuel Beltrán (ESP) Banesto
2000 Spain Jimenez, Jose MariaJosé Maria Jimenez (ESP) Banesto
2001 Spain Beloki, JosebaJoseba Beloki (ESP) ONCE-Eroski
2002 Spain Heras, RobertoRoberto Heras (ESP) US Postal
2003 Spain Pecharroman, Jose AntonioJosé Antonio Pecharromán (ESP) Costa de Almería-Paternina
2004 Spain Martin Perdiguero, Miguel AngelMiguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero (ESP) Phonak
2005 Ukraine Popovych, YaroslavYaroslav Popovych (UKR) Discovery Channel
2006 Spain Canaga, DavidDavid Cañada (ESP) Saunier Duval-Prodir
2007 Russia Karpets, VladimirVladimir Karpets (RUS) Caisse d'Epargne
2008 Spain Cesar, GustavoGustavo César (ESP) Karpin-Galicia
2009 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2010 Spain Rodríguez, JoaquimJoaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha
2011 Italy Scarponi, MicheleMichele Scarponi[Note 1] (ITA) Lampre-ISD
2012 Switzerland Albasini, MichaelMichael Albasini (SUI) GreenEDGE
2013 Republic of Ireland Martin, DanielDaniel Martin (IRL) Garmin-Sharp
2014 Spain Rodríguez, JoaquimJoaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha
2015 Australia Porte, RichieRichie Porte (AUS) Team Sky

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) won the 2011 edition but was later disqualified.[3]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°22′31″N 2°08′18″E / 41.37528°N 2.13833°E / 41.37528; 2.13833