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Contador, Rodriguez and Valverde head Volta a Catalunya line-up

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Final GC podium of the 2014 Volta a Catalunya (L-R): Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Tejay van Garderen

Final GC podium of the 2014 Volta a Catalunya (L-R): Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Tejay van Garderen
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) successfully defended his Catalunya lead on the final stage in Barcelona

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) successfully defended his Catalunya lead on the final stage in Barcelona
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Tejay van Garderen (BMC) wins Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage 4 in the fog and snow flurries on the Vallter 2000 summit finish

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) wins Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage 4 in the fog and snow flurries on the Vallter 2000 summit finish
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Defending champion Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) will face Spanish rivals Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) when he targets a third Volta a Catalunya title between 23-29 March. Although the race will feature more categorised climbs than this year’s edition, there will only be one high-altitude summit finish. This will take place on the first-category La Molina on day four.