The two Valencian stages will be decisive in determining the outcome of the 75th edition of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
The Diputació de València presents the stage that will take place between Canals and Simat de la Valldigna on February 1st, and the one that will run between Bétera and the Port of Valencia, which will bring the cycling round to an end on February 4th.
The sports deputy, Pedro Cuesta, highlights “the possibility that this cycling race gives us to show the world the attractions of our municipalities”.
Tuesday 16 January 2024 – The Pati dels Scala of the Diputació de València has hosted this Tuesday the presentation of the two stages of the 75th edition of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana -VCV- that will run entirely through the province of Valencia. The second stage of the race, which will start on February 1st from the town of Canals and finish in the municipality of Simat de la Valldigna after covering the entire Mancomunitat de la Valldigna; and the fifth and final stage, which will take place on February 4th between Bétera and the Port of Valencia, an unprecedented finish in the history of this cycling race. On the same day, the 6th Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Féminas will also take place, which will cover the same route as the men’s competition.
During the presentation ceremony, Pedro Cuesta, the deputy for Sports and Tourism, highlighted “the importance for the province of hosting an event like this, where sport and tourism come together. One of the aims of the Provincial Council is precisely to provide the backbone of the territory, and that is what is achieved with events like this, which also give us the opportunity to show the world the attractions of our municipalities”. The presentation was also attended by numerous provincial deputies and mayors of the municipalities through which the VCV passes.
The general director of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Ángel Casero, who thanked “the support of institutions such as the Provincial Council, without which the race would not be a reality”, highlighted the media impact of the VCV, the first stage race of the season in Europe. “Every year the audiences grow exponentially and we already reach 20 million households in a total of 212 countries. This allows us to show our territory all over the world”.
Casero has also confirmed the presence of top riders such as Aleksandr Vlasov, Jai Hindley, Peio Bilbao, Lennard Kämna, Rein Taramae, Michael Matthews, Matej Mohoric and the young sprinter Jonathan Milan.
The Valencian stages
The two Valencian stages will undoubtedly be decisive for the final result of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. First of all, the stage on February 1st, the second of the race, which will start in Canals and finish in Simat de la Valldigna, is a 164-kilometre mid-mountain stage with three mountain passes, including the climb to Pla de Corrals, 10 kilometres from the finish. “On that day we will see who doesn’t win the race”, said Ángel Casero.
The fifth and final stage of the race, starting in the Alameda de Bétera and with an unprecedented finish in the Port of Valencia, will probably decide the winner of the 75 VCV. It is a short route of 93 kilometres, but very explosive, with the Frontera pass as the judge of the race thanks to its 18% gradients.
The 75th edition of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the oldest sporting event held in the region, will be broadcast by Teledeporte and Eurosport between 31 January and 4 February.