Both riders are targeting the Tour de France this season but they have not raced against each other during their respective campaigns. Contador has built his spring around a more traditional programme of small stages races in Europe, while Froome started his season in Australia but has not raced since wining the Herald Sun Tour in January.
The climb-heavy route at the Volta a Catalunya will provide both riders with the chance to test their form out against one another. The race starts on Monday with a 175.8km stage that takes in five categorised climbs. With only one stage designed for the sprinters, there will be ample chances for the GC contenders to test their legs.
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“The level of the line-up can only be matched, probably, by the Tour de France,” Contador said in a recent statment.
“There are so many rivals that there isn’t any in particular that can be singled out, because virtually all teams will bring a favourite, who will be flanked by a very strong squad.”
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