1977 Vuelta a España

The 32nd Edition 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 15 May 1977. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 2,785 km (1,731 mi), and was won by Freddy Maertens of the Flandria cycling team. While Maertens dominated the race he won the General Classification by less than 3:00. The domination was from his record shattering 13 stages wins including the first and the last. He also won the points classification. Pedro Torres won the mountains classification.[1][2][3]

1977 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates26 April – 15 May
Stages19 stages + Prologue, including 1 split stages
Distance2,785 km (1,731 mi)
Winning time78h 54' 36"
Results
Winner  Freddy Maertens (BEL) (Flandria - Latina)
  Second  Miguel María Lasa (ESP) (Teka)
  Third  Klaus-Peter Thaler (FRG) (Teka)

Points  Freddy Maertens (BEL) (Flandria - Latina)
  Mountains  Pedro Torres (ESP) (Teka)
Sprints  Freddy Maertens (BEL) (Flandria - Latina)
  Team Teka
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Teams and ridersEdit

RouteEdit

List of stages[4][5]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 26 April Dehesa de Campoamor – Dehesa de Campoamor 8 km (5 mi)   Individual time trial   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
1 27 April Dehesa de CampoamorLa Manga 115 km (71 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
2 28 April La MangaMurcia 161 km (100 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
3 29 April MurciaBenidorm 200 km (124 mi)   Fedor den Hertog (NED)
4 30 April Benidorm – Benidorm 8.3 km (5 mi)   Individual time trial   Michel Pollentier (BEL)
5 1 May BenidormEl Saler 159 km (99 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
6 2 May ValenciaTeruel 170 km (106 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
7 3 May TeruelAlcalà de Xivert 204 km (127 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
8 4 May Alcalà de XivertTortosa 141 km (88 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
9 5 May TortosaSalou 144 km (89 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
10 6 May SalouBarcelona 144 km (89 mi)   Cees Priem (NED)
11a 7 May Barcelona – Barcelona 3.8 km (2 mi)   Individual time trial   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
11b 7 May Barcelona – Barcelona 45 km (28 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
12 8 May BarcelonaLa Tossa de Montbui [ca] (Santa Margarida de Montbui) 198 km (123 mi)   Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)
13 9 May IgualadaLa Seu d'Urgell 135 km (84 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
14 10 May La Seu d'UrgellMonzón 200 km (124 mi)   Carlos Melero (ESP)
15 11 May MonzónFormigal 166 km (103 mi)   Pedro Torres (ESP)
16 12 May FormigalCordovilla 170 km (106 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
17 13 May CordovillaBilbao 183 km (114 mi)   Luis Alberto Ordiales [fr] (ESP)
18 14 May BilbaoUrkiola 126 km (78 mi)   José Nazabal (ESP)
19 15 May DurangoMiranda de Ebro 104 km (65 mi)   Freddy Maertens (BEL)
Total 2,785 km (1,731 mi)

Classification leadershipEdit

Classification leadership by stage[6]
Stage Winner General classification
 
Points classification
 
Mountains classification
 
Intermediate sprints classification
P Freddy Maertens Freddy Maertens not awarded not awarded not awarded
1 Freddy Maertens Freddy Maertens Pedro Torres Ferdi Van Den Haute
2 Freddy Maertens Freddy Maertens
3 Fedor den Hertog Andres Oliva Geert Malfait
4 Michel Pollentier Pedro Torres
5 Freddy Maertens
6 Freddy Maertens Andres Oliva
7 Freddy Maertens Daniele Tinchella
8 Freddy Maertens
9 Freddy Maertens Pedro Torres
10 Cees Priem Andres Oliva
11a Freddy Maertens
11b Freddy Maertens
12 Giuseppe Perletto Pedro Torres
13 Freddy Maertens
14 Carlos Melero
15 Pedro Torres
16 Freddy Maertens
17 Luis Alberto Ordiales
18 José Nazabal
19 Freddy Maertens Freddy Maertens
Final Freddy Maertens Freddy Maertens Pedro Torres Freddy Maertens

ResultsEdit

The 1977 Vuelta a Espana had several classifications. The most important classification was the general classification; this was won by Freddy Maertens.

Final general classification[1]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Freddy Maertens Flandria-Velda 78h 54' 36"
2   Miguel Maria Lasa Teka + 2' 51"
3   Klaus-Peter Thaler Teka + 3' 23"
4   Domingo Perurena Kas-Campagnolo + 4' 45"
5   José Viejo Kas-Campagnolo + 5' 14"
6   Michel Pollentier Flandria-Velda + 5' 35"
7   Gary Clively Magniflex-Torpado + 7' 06"
8   José Pesarrodona Kas-Campagnolo + 9' 32"
9   Pedro Torres Teka + 10' 29"
10   José Antonio González Kas-Campagnolo + 11' 18"
11   Agustin Tamames Teka
12   José Manuel García Novostil-Transmallorca
13   Fernando Mendes Teka
14   Ludo Loos Ebo-Superia
15   Joaquim Agostinho Teka
16   Ismael Lejarreta Kas-Campagnolo
17   Andrés Oliva Kas-Campagnolo
18   Rafael Ladron Kas-Campagnolo
19   Eulalio García Kas-Campagnolo
20   Carlos Ocaña Kas-Campagnolo
21   José Nazabal Kas-Campagnolo
22   Luis Ocaña Frisol-Gazelle
23   Carlos Melero Teka
24   Javier Elorriaga Teka
25   Giuseppe Perletto Magniflex-Torpado

Additionally, there were the points classification (also won by Maertens), the mountains classification won by Pedro Torres, and the intermediate sprints classification also won by Maertens. To be eligible for these secondary classifications, a rider had to finish in the top 25 of the general classification; this was relevant for the intermediate sprints classification, where Daniele Tinchella and Benny Schepmans had more points than Maertens, but did not finish in the top 25.

There was also an award for the best Spanish rider in the general classification, won by Miguel Maria Lasa, and a team classification won by Teka.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Clasificaciones Oficiales" [Official Classifications] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 May 1977. p. 37. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Mañana comienza la Vuelta-77" [The Vuelta-77 begins tomorrow] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 April 1977. p. 26. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Mañana comienza la Vuelta-77" [The Vuelta-77 begins tomorrow] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 April 1977. p. 27. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. ^ "1977 » 32nd Vuelta a Espana". Procyclingstats. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  5. ^ "32ème Vuelta a España 1977". Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Archived from the original on 25 October 2004.
  6. ^ van den Akker, Pieter. "Informatie over de Vuelta a España van 1977". TourdeFranceStatistieken.nl.
  7. ^ "Clasificaciones oficiales". El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 May 1977.