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Volta a Catalunya creates one-day women’s race to run ahead of final stage of men’s event

This article is originally from Cycling Week

Race will take place ahead of men’s final stage on Montjuïc circuit

Riders on the final stage of the 2017 Volta a Catalunya in Barcelona Credit: Yuzuru Sunada

There will be a new event on the women’s cycling calendar in 2018 after the organisers of the Volta a Catalunya announced that they will hold a one-day women’s race on the same day as a the final stage of the men’s race.

The one-day race will take place ahead of the concluding stage of the men’s event, which is seven days in length, using the same famous Montjuïc circuit in the heart of Barcelona.

More information about the race, which will take place on March 25, will be announced in the coming weeks, with organisers saying that the riders will face “several laps” of the hilly seven-kilometre circuit, which then men cover usually cover eight times at the end of the race.

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Volta a Catalunya organisers partnered with ASO during last year’s race, and say that they were inspired by events such as La Course and the Madrid Challenge – both owned by ASO – in creating the new women’s race.

“”We want to bet on women’s sport and with this new test women’s teams will have a major challenge to highlight in the Tour of Catalonia. We look forward to seeing a good spectacle in this first edition and to grow over the years,” said Rubèn Peris,

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