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Encyclopedia > Vuelta a España
Tour of Spain
Local name: Vuelta Ciclista a España
Region: Spain
Date: September (since 1995)
Type: Stage Race (Great Tour)
History
First Edition: 1935
Number of Editions: 59
First Winner: Gustaaf Deloor, (Belgium)
Most Wins: Tony Rominger, (Switzerland) and Roberto Heras, (Spain), 3 times

The Vuelta a España bicycle race is one of the three "Grand Tours" of Europe and, after the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, the third most important road cycling stage race in the world. Tony Rominger (born 27 March 1961 in Velje, Denmark) is a Swiss cyclist who won major tours four times in his career—the Vuelta a España three consecutive years (1992, 1993, 1994) and Giro dItalia once (1995). ... Roberto Heras Hernández was born on February 1, 1974 in Spain. ... This racing bicycle is built using lightweight, shaped aluminum tubing and carbon fiber stays and forks. ... In bicycle racing a Grand Tour refers to one of the three major European cycling races: Tour de France - Tour of France Giro dItalia - Tour of Italy Vuelta a España - Tour of Spain Collectively they are termed the Grand Tours. ... The (Le) Tour de France (French for Tour of France), also simply known as Le Tour, is an epic long distance road bicycle racing competition for professionals held over three weeks in July in and around France. ... The Giro dItalia, also simply known as the Giro, is a long distance road bicycle race for professionals held over three weeks in May or early June in and around Italy. ... In bicycle racing sports bicycles are used in a competitive way, most often speed, sometimes a style competition. ...


First held in 1935 and annually since 1955, the Vuelta runs for three weeks in a changing route across Spain. It was formerly held in the spring, but since 1990 the race has been run in September. The course includes two individual time trials. The finish of the Vuelta is traditionally the Spanish capital, Madrid. 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coat of arms The Plaza de España square Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the center of the country at 40°25′ N 3°45′ W. Population of the city of Madrid proper was 3,093,000 (Madrilenes, madrileños) as of 2003 estimates. ...


The inaugural event (1935) saw 50 entrants face a 3411 km course over only 14 stages, averaging over 240km per stage.


In 1999, for the first time, the course crossed the Alto de El Angliru in Asturias, which climbs 1573 meters over 12.9 km with grades as steep as 23.6 percent (at Cueña les Cabres) making it one of the steepest in Europe. Credit for the discovery of this climb and its addition to the Vuelta goes to Miguel Prieto. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Alto de El Angliru (alternative name: La Gamonal) is arguably one of the heaviest climbs in professional Road bicycle racing. ... Capital Oviedo Area  – Total  – % of Spain Ranked 10th  10 604 km²  2,1% Population  – Total (2003)  – % of Spain  – Density Ranked 12th  1 056 789  2,5%  99,65/km² Demonym  – English  – Spanish  Asturian  asturiano/a, astur Statute of Autonomy January 11, 1982 ISO 3166-2 O Parliamentary representation  – Congress seats...


The overall leader wears a Golden Jersey, the Spanish counterpart to the yellow jersey of the Tour de France. Other jerseys honour the best climber (King of the Mountains) and the best sprinter (points competition). Mostly there is another ranking with a jersey like the ranking of the 'Metas Volantes' (intermediate sprints) or a combination ranking. Maillot jaune (French for yellow jersey) is the t-shirt worn by the current overall leader of many bicycles races, originally and most notably the Tour de France. ... The King of the Mountains is the title given to the best climber in a cycling road race. ...


Swiss cyclist Tony Rominger shares the record for wins with three consecutive first-place victories, which he achieved in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Three Germans have taken first place: Rudi Altig (1962), Rolf Wolfshohl (1965) and Jan Ullrich (1999). The Spaniards, however, have dominated, winning 26 of the 57 runnings of the Vuelta. France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Colombia, and Ireland have also had first place finishers. Tony Rominger (born 27 March 1961 in Velje, Denmark) is a Swiss cyclist who won major tours four times in his career—the Vuelta a España three consecutive years (1992, 1993, 1994) and Giro dItalia once (1995). ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Jan Ullrich in the T-Mobile Team uniform during the Prologue to the 2004 Tour de France Jan Ullrich (born December 2, 1973 in Rostock, Germany) is a German professional road bicycle racer. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


The most recent Vuelta (2004) was won by Roberto Heras from Spain, who joined Rominger as a three-time winner. Halfway the Vuelta it appeared it would become an easy win for him, but in the last week his fellow countryman Santiago Perez Fernández won two heavy mountain stages, thus becoming an important rival. Eventually Heras won with only 30 seconds advantage on Perez. Francisco Mancebo, also from Spain became third. The first non-Spaniard was Stefano Garzelli from Italy, he became 11th. The points jersey was won by Erik Zabel from Germany, the mountain jersey was won by Félix Rafael Cardenas from Colombia and the combination jersey was won by Roberto Heras. Kelme was the winner of the team ranking. Alessandro Petacchi, an Italian sprinter won four stages, but he didn't finish the Vuelta. Perez Fernández won three stages. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roberto Heras Hernández was born on February 1, 1974 in Spain. ... Stefano Garzelli (born July 16, 1973, in Varese) is an Italian professional road racing cyclist. ... Erik Zabel (born July 7, 1970, Berlin) is a German professional racing cyclist. ... Kelmė is a town in the central part of Lithuania. ... Alessandro Petacchi is a rising sprinter in the world of cycling. ...


Winners of the Vuelta a España:

2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roberto Heras Hernández was born on February 1, 1974 in Spain. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roberto Heras Hernández was born on February 1, 1974 in Spain. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roberto Heras Hernández was born on February 1, 1974 in Spain. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Jan Ullrich in the T-Mobile Team uniform during the Prologue to the 2004 Tour de France Jan Ullrich (born December 2, 1973 in Rostock, Germany) is a German professional road bicycle racer. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Laurent Jalabert was born in France in 1968, a professional cyclist from 1989-2002. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Tony Rominger (born 27 March 1961 in Velje, Denmark) is a Swiss cyclist who won major tours four times in his career—the Vuelta a España three consecutive years (1992, 1993, 1994) and Giro dItalia once (1995). ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Tony Rominger (born 27 March 1961 in Velje, Denmark) is a Swiss cyclist who won major tours four times in his career—the Vuelta a España three consecutive years (1992, 1993, 1994) and Giro dItalia once (1995). ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tony Rominger (born 27 March 1961 in Velje, Denmark) is a Swiss cyclist who won major tours four times in his career—the Vuelta a España three consecutive years (1992, 1993, 1994) and Giro dItalia once (1995). ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Melchor Mauri is a Spanish cyclist who won the Vuelta a España in 1991. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Perico on the front cover of his book A Golpe de Pedal. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sean Kelly, or John James Kelly (born May 24, 1956, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs cleanup. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Perico on the front cover of his book A Golpe de Pedal. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 is an integer and composite number that represents a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bernard Hinault (born 14 November French cyclist, best known for his five victories in the Tour de France. ... 1982 is a number and represents a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar Events January January 6 - William Bonin is convicted of being the freeway killer. January 8 - AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions January 11 - Mark Thatcher, son of the British Prime... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... Gerardus Joseph (Joop) Zoetemelk is a Dutch cyclist. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 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External links

  • Official site (in Spanish, English, and French) (http://www.lavuelta.com)

 
 

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