Vuelta Ciclista a España

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The leader of the Vuelta wore a golden jersey from 1998 until 2010, when it was changed to red

The Vuelta Ciclista a España (also Vuelta a España, or simply Vuelta) is a long-distance bicycle race. The first race was in 1935. The Tour de France and Giro d'Italia were both very successful, and both run by newspaper companies. A newspaper called Informaciones in Spain decided to start a similar race in Spain. It is now one of the three "Grand Tours" of Europe and, after the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, is the third most important road cycling stage race in the world.

The leader of the race wears the red jersey. This is the same as the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. The leader of the combination classification wears a white jersey. The leader of the mountain climbers' competition wears a white jersey with blue polka-dots. The leader of the sprinters' competition wears a green jersey.

The race was run in the spring until 1995. Since 1995 it has been run in September.

Winners of the Vuelta a España[change | change source]

Vuelta Year Winner Nationality Team
68 2013 Chris Horner  United States RadioShack-Leopard
67 2012 Alberto Contador  Spain Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
66 2011 Juan José Cobo  Spain Geox-TMC
65 2010 Vincenzo Nibali  Italy Liquigas-Doimo
64 2009 Alejandro Valverde  Spain Caisse d'Epargne
63 2008 Alberto Contador  Spain Astana
62 2007 Denis Menchov (2)  Russia Rabobank
61 2006 Alexandre Vinokourov  Kazakhstan Astana
60 2005 Denis Menchov  Russia Rabobank
59 2004 Roberto Heras  Spain Liberty Seguros
58 2003 U.S. Postal
57 2002 Aitor González Kelme
56 2001 Ángel Casero Festina
55 2000 Roberto Heras Kelme
54 1999 Jan Ullrich  Germany Team Telekom
53 1998 Abraham Olano  Spain Team Banesto
52 1997 Alex Zülle  Switzerland Team ONCE
51 1996
50 1995 Laurent Jalabert  France Team ONCE
49 1994 Tony Rominger  Switzerland Mapei-Clas
48 1993 Clas-Cajastur
47 1992
46 1991 Melchor Mauri  Spain Team ONCE
45 1990 Marco Giovannetti  Italy Seur
44 1989 Pedro Delgado  Spain Reynolds-Banesto
43 1988 Seán Kelly Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Kas-Mavic
42 1987 Luis Herrera  Colombia Café de Colombia
41 1986 Álvaro Pino  Spain Zor - BH
40 1985 Pedro Delgado Orbea-MG
39 1984 Éric Caritoux  France Skil-Reydel-SEM-Mavic
38 1983 Bernard Hinault Renault-Elf-Gitane
37 1982 Marino Lejarreta  Spain Teka
36 1981 Giovanni Battaglin  Italy Inoxpran
35 1980 Faustino Ruperez Spain Zor-Vereco
34 1979 Joop Zoetemelk  Netherlands Miko-Mercier-Vivagel
33 1978 Bernard Hinault  France Renault-Gitane-Campagnolo
32 1977 Freddy Maertens  Belgium Flandria-Velda-Latina
31 1976 José Pesarrodona Spain Kas
30 1975 Augustin Tamames Super Ser
29 1974 José Manuel Fuente Kas-Kaskol
28 1973 Eddy Merckx  Belgium Molteni
27 1972 José Manuel Fuente Spain Kas-Kaskol
26 1971 Ferdinand Bracke  Belgium Peugeot-BP-Michelin
25 1970 Luis Ocaña Spain Bic
24 1969 Roger Pingeon  France Peugeot-BP-Michelin
23 1968 Felice Gimondi  Italy Salvarani
22 1967 Jan Janssen  Netherlands Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune
21 1966 Francisco Gabica Spain Kas-Kaskol
20 1965 Rolf Wolfshohl  Germany Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
19 1964 Raymond Poulidor  France
18 1963 Jacques Anquetil St.Raphael-Gitane
17 1962 Rudi Altig  Germany St.Raphael-Helyett
16 1961 Angelino Soler Spain Faema
15 1960 Franz De Mulder  Belgium Groene Leeuw
14 1959 Antonio Suarez Spain Licor 43
13 1958 Jean Stablinski  France Essor-Leroux
12 1957 Jesus Loroño Spain Gamma
11 1956 Angelo Conterno  Italy Bianchi-Pirelli
10 1955 Jean Dotto  France Vampire-d'Alessandro
1951-1954 No competition held
9 1950 Emilio Rodriguez Spain Sangalhos
0 1949 No competition held
8 1948 Bernardo Ruiz Spain Peugeot-Dunlop
7 1947 Edouard Van Dyck  Belgium Alycon-Dunlop
6 1946 Dalmacio Langarica Spain Galindo-Cicles Tabay
5 1945 Delio Rodriguez
1943 and 1944 No competition held (World War II)
4 1942 Julian Berrendero Spain Informaciones
3 1941
1937-1940 No competition held (Spanish Civil War)
2 1936 Gustaaf Deloor  Belgium
1 1935