1973 Vuelta a España
|Dates||26 April – 13 May|
|Stages||17 stages + Prologue, including 4 split stages|
|Distance||3,061.8 km (1,903 mi)|
|Winning time||84h 40' 50"|
The 28th Edition Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 26 to May 13, 1973. It consisted of 17 stages covering a total of 3,061 km, and was won by Eddy Merckx of the Molteni cycling team. As Merckx had already won several editions of the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia with his win in the Vuelta, he became the third cyclist after Jacques Anquetil and Felice Gimondi to win all three grand tours in his career. Merckx went on to win the 1973 Giro d'Italia and became the first cyclist to win the Vuelta-Giro double. Merckx also won the points classification and José Luis Abilleira won the mountains classification. With Merckx finishing first, Ocaña second and Thévenet third the podium of the 1973 Vuelta contained one previous winner and two future winners of the Tour de France making it one of the best podiums in the history of the race, according to the official race website. Gerben Karstens won 4 stages in this Vuelta.
A total of eight teams were invited to participate in the 1973 Vuelta a España. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 80 cyclists. 62 cyclists reached the finish in San Sebastián.
The teams entering the race were:
Route and stagesEdit
|P||26 April||Calp to Calp||5 km (3 mi)||Individual time trial||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|1||27 April||Calp to Murcia||187 km (116 mi)||Pieter Nassen (BEL)|
|2||28 April||Murcia to Albacete||156 km (97 mi)||Gerben Karstens (NED)|
|3||29 April||Albacete to Alcázar de San Juan||146 km (91 mi)||Pieter Nassen (BEL)|
|4||30 April||Alcázar de San Juan to Cuenca||169 km (105 mi)||Jos Deschoenmaecker (BEL)|
|5||1 May||Cuenca to Teruel||191 km (119 mi)||Gerben Karstens (NED)|
|6a||2 May||Teruel to La Pobla de Farnals||150 km (93 mi)||Roger Swerts (BEL)|
|6b||La Pobla de Farnals||5 km (3 mi)||Team time trial||Molteni|
|7||3 May||La Pobla de Farnals to Castellón de la Plana||165 km (103 mi)||Gerben Karstens (NED)|
|8||4 May||Castellón de la Plana to Calafell||245 km (152 mi)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|9a||5 May||Calafell to Barcelona||80 km (50 mi)||Juan Manuel Santisteban (ESP)|
|9b||Barcelona to Barcelona||37.9 km (24 mi)||Individual time trial||Jacques Esclassan (FRA)|
|10||6 May||Barcelona to Empuriabrava||171 km (106 mi)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|11||7 May||Empuriabrava to Manresa||225 km (140 mi)||Bernard Thévenet (FRA)|
|12||8 May||Manresa to Zaragoza||259 km (161 mi)||Gerben Karstens (NED)|
|13||9 May||Mallén to Irache||175 km (109 mi)||Domingo Perurena (ESP)|
|14||10 May||Irache to Bilbao||182 km (113 mi)||Juan Zurano (ESP)|
|15a||11 May||Bilbao to Torrelavega||154 km (96 mi)||Eddy Peelman (BEL)|
|15b||Torrelavega to Torrelavega||17.4 km (11 mi)||Individual time trial||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|16||12 May||Torrelavega to Miranda de Ebro||203 km (126 mi)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|17a||13 May||Miranda de Ebro to Tolosa, Gipuzkoa||127 km (79 mi)||Eddy Peelman (BEL)|
|17b||Hernani to San Sebastián||10.5 km (7 mi)||Individual time trial||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|Total||3,016.8 km (1,875 mi)|
Four different jerseys were worn during the 1973 Vuelta a España. The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages – wore a golden jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Vuelta.
For the points classification, which awarded a light blue jersey to its leader, cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15; additional points could also be won in intermediate sprints. The green jersey was awarded to the mountains classification leader. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. Each climb was ranked as either first, second or third category, with more points available for higher category climbs. The combination classification awarded a red jersey to its leader.
Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the stage finish times of the best three cyclists per team were added; the leading team was the one with the lowest total time.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
|P||Eddy Merckx||Eddy Merckx||not awarded||not awarded||not awarded||not awarded|
|1||Pieter Nassen||Pieter Nassen||Domingo Perurena||Rokado|
|2||Gerben Karstens||Gerben Karstens||Gerben Karstens||Javier Elorriaga & Jean-Jacques Fussien|
|3||Pieter Nassen||Pieter Nassen||José Luis Abilleira||Jean-Jacques Fussien|
|4||Jos Deschoenmaecker||José Pesarrodona||KAS|
|5||Gerben Karstens||Gerben Karstens|
|6a||Roger Swerts||José Luis Galdamez||Molteni|
|7||Gerben Karstens||Eddy Merckx|
|9a||Juan Manuel Santisteban|
|11||Bernard Thévenet||Eddy Merckx||La Casera|
|15a||Eddy Peelman||Eddy Merckx|
|Final||Eddy Merckx||Eddy Merckx||José Luis Abilleira||Eddy Merckx||La Casera|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification||Denotes the winner of the Combination classification|
|1||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||84h 40' 50"|
|2||Luis Ocaña (ESP)||Bic||+ 3' 46"|
|3||Bernard Thévenet (FRA)||Peugeot-B.P.||+ 4' 16"|
|4||José Pesarrodona (ESP)||KAS||+ 5' 54"|
|5||Pedro Torres (ESP)||La Casera||+ 7' 29"|
|6||Joaquim Agostinho (POR)||Bic||+ 8' 15"|
|7||Agustín Tamames (ESP)||La Casera||+ 9' 15"|
|8||Luis Balague (ESP)||La Casera||+ 12' 26"|
|9||Roger Swerts (BEL)||Molteni||+ 13' 27"|
|10||Jesús Manzaneque (ESP)||La Casera||+ 15' 01"|
|1||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||215.5|
|2||Roger Swerts (BEL)||Molteni||162.5|
|3||Pieter Nassen (BEL)||Rokado||154.5|
|1||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||18|
|2||José Luis Abilleira (ESP)||La Casera||11|
|3||José Luis Galdamez (ESP)||Coelima-Benfica||6|
Intermediate sprints classificationEdit
|1||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||26|
|2||Javier Elorriaga (ESP)||KAS||24|
|3||José Luis Galdamez (ESP)||Coelima-Benfica||15|
|4||Fernando Mendes (POR)||Coelima-Benfica||10|
|5||Eddy Peelman (BEL)||Rokado||9|
|6||José Luis Abilleira (ESP)||La Casera||6|
|7||Domingo Perurena (ESP)||KAS|
|8||Jan Van de Wiele (BEL)||Rokado|
|9||Joseph Bruyère (BEL)||Molteni||5|
|10||Roger Swerts (BEL)||Molteni|
- "General Information 1973". La Vuelta.com. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2020-05-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Los Dorsales de Los 80 Participantes" [The numbers worn by 80 participants] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo S.A. 26 April 1973. p. 18. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Clasificaciones oficiales" [Official classifications] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo S.A. 14 May 1973. p. 31. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Resumen etapas y kilometraje" [Summary stages and mileage] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo S.A. 26 April 1973. p. 19. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.