1956 Vuelta a España

The 11th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the three grand tours, was held from 26 April to 13 May 1956. It consisted of 17 stages covering a total of 3,531 km (2,194 mi), and was won by Angelo Conterno of the Bianchi cycling team.[1] Rik Van Steenbergen won the points classification and Nino Defilippis won the mountains classification.

1956 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates26 April – 13 May
Stages17
Distance3,537 km (2,198 mi)
Winning time105h 37' 52"
Results
Winner  Angelo Conterno (ITA)
  Second  Jesús Loroño (ESP)
  Third  Raymond Impanis (BEL)

Points  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
  Mountains  Nino Defilippis (ITA)
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The race was run with national teams of France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium, and an additional four regional Spanish teams. Each fielded 10 cyclists, for a total of 90.[2]

Teams and ridersEdit

RouteEdit

List of stages[3][4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 26 April BilbaoSantander 203 km (126 mi)   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
2 27 April SantanderOviedo 248 km (154 mi)   Angelo Conterno (ITA)
3 28 April OviedoValladolid 175 km (109 mi)   Miguel Poblet (ESP)
4 29 April ValladolidMadrid 212 km (132 mi)   Claude Le Ber (FRA)
5 30 April MadridAlbacete 241 km (150 mi)   Miguel Poblet (ESP)
6 1 May AlbaceteAlicante 227 km (141 mi)   Miguel Poblet (ESP)
7 2 May AlicanteValencia 182 km (113 mi)   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
8 3 May ValenciaTarragona 249 km (155 mi)   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
9 5 May TarragonaBarcelona 163 km (101 mi)   Hugo Koblet (SUI)
10a 6 May Barcelona – Barcelona 21 km (13 mi)   Team time trial France
10b 6 May BarcelonaTàrrega 112 km (70 mi)   Gilbert Bauvin (FRA)
11 7 May TàrregaZaragoza 238 km (148 mi)   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
12 8 May ZaragozaBayonne (France) 274 km (170 mi)   Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)
13a 9 May Bayonne (France) – Irun 43 km (27 mi)   Individual time trial   Claude Le Ber (FRA)
13b 9 May IrunPamplona 111 km (69 mi)   Roger Walkowiak (FRA)
14 10 May PamplonaSan Sebastián 195 km (121 mi)   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
15 11 May San SebastiánBilbao 225 km (140 mi)   Nino Defilippis (ITA)
16 12 May BilbaoVitoria 207 km (129 mi)   Benigno Azpuru [es] (ESP)
17 13 May VitoriaBilbao 190 km (118 mi)   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
Total 3,531 km (2,194 mi)

ResultsEdit

Final general classification[5]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Angelo Conterno Bianchi 105h 37' 52"
2   Jesús Loroño + 13"
3   Raymond Impanis Elvé-Peugeot + 1' 54"
4   Federico Bahamontes + 3' 27"
5   Rik Van Steenbergen + 7' 48"
6   Miguel Chacon Elvé-Peugeot + 8' 30"
7   Gilbert Bauvin + 19' 18"
8   Brian Robinson + 20' 36"
9   José Serra + 23' 38"
10   Manuel Rodríguez Barros + 24' 55"
11   Emilio Rodríguez
12   Giancarlo Astrua
13   Giuseppe Buratti Bianchi
14   Carmelo Morales
15   Cosme Barrutia
16   Hilaire Couvreur
17   Juan Bibiloni
18   Nino Delfilippis Bianchi
19   Arrigo Padovan
20   Antonio Barrutia
21   Rene Marigil
22   Edgard Sorgeloos
23   Vicente Iturat
24   Giovanni Pettinati Bianchi
25   Rene Pianezzi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "General Information 1956". La Vuelta.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 23 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Lista de participantes" [List of participants]. El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 April 1956. p. 3. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ "1956 » 11th Vuelta a Espana". Procyclingstats. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ "11ème Vuelta a España 1956". Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Archived from the original on 25 October 2004.
  5. ^ "Clasificacion General" [General Classification] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 May 1956. p. 8. Retrieved 5 August 2018.