2015 Volta a Catalunya
The 2015 Volta a Catalunya was the 95th edition of the Volta a Catalunya stage race. It took place from 23 to 29 March and was the fifth race of the 2015 UCI World Tour. Defending champion Joaquim Rodríguez was scheduled to defend his title, but was pulled from the event days before it was due to start citing a stomach virus. The race was won by Richie Porte (Team Sky), his second race win of the season, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) in second and Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) in third.
The Volta a Catalunya is part of the UCI World Tour, which meant that the 17 UCI WorldTeams were automatically invited and obliged to send a team. The race organisers also made seven wildcard invitations to UCI Professional Continental teams. The peloton was therefore made up of 24 teams.
UCI Professional Continental teams
- 23 March 2015, Calella—Calella, 185.2 km (115.1 mi)
- 24 March 2015, Mataró—Olot, 191.8 km (119.2 mi)
- 25 March 2015, Girona—Girona, 156.6 km (97.3 mi)
- 26 March 2015, Tona—La Molina, 188.4 km (117.1 mi)
- 27 March 2015, Alp—Valls, 195.4 km (121.4 mi)
- 28 March 2015, Cervera—Port Aventura, 194.1 km (121 mi)
- 29 March 2015, Barcelona—Barcelona, 126.6 km (79 mi)
Classification leadership table
In the 2015 Volta a Catalunya, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses in intermediate sprints (3, 2 and 1 seconds) and at the finish in mass-start stages (10, 6 and 4 seconds respectively for the first three finishers), the leader received a white and green jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the 2015 Volta a Catalunya, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.
Additionally, there was a sprints classification, which awarded a white jersey. In the sprints classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 3 at intermediate sprint points during each stage; these intermediate sprints also offered bonus seconds towards the general classification. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a red jersey. In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs.
There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.