In the cold Spanish snow, Tejay won a stage of the 2014 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya to Vallter 2000. Where is that you might ask? Well I was wondering the very same thing myself, as in, "Where the hell is that?". I discovered Vallter 2000 is a peak (that I am guessing not many people visit) on the border of Spain and France, well north of Barcelona. Barcelona is the city where the Volta a Catalunya will end this Sunday.
|Location of Vallter 2000 climb in Spain|
Cataluyna has fantastic cycling. It's capital is Barcelona, it's provinces are Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. I last visited Spain in 2010, I wrote a bit about it: I finally get Girona, Cycling in Girona Spain, I'm on Vacation in France/Spain! (a beautiful beach north of Girona).
|My coffee break in Cataluyna. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®|
|American Tejay van Garderen (BMC) Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®|
Today's race coverage showed fog, fog, and more fog, with occasional riders appearing through -fog. Vallter 2000 is one of those remote ski stations. When it isn't covered in snow, it looks like this.
|City of Barcelona, Spain, with the landmark Torre Agbar skyscraper|
|Casa Batllo: architecture by Antoni Gaudi|
General Classification after Stage 4 ESP 1 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA) 17:47:34 ESP 2 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF-SAXO) + 4 USA 3 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) + 7 FRA 4 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 10 COL 5 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR) GBR 6 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) + 17 USA 7 TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP) + 18
Ciclista a Catalunya 2014 - Stage 4 - FINAL KILOMETERS. it is foggy! (hi ha boira) and it is snowy! (està cobert de neu).