1979 Vuelta a España

The 34th Edition Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the three grand tours, was held from 24 April to 13 May 1979. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 3,373 km (2,096 mi), and was won by Joop Zoetemelk of the Miko-Mercier cycling team. Zoetemelk won two of the three ITT's and Fons De Wolf won the other. De Wolf also won the points classification as well as five stages, but Zoetemelk won the race with a comfortable lead ahead of Spanish climbing specialist Francisco Galdós and Michel Pollentier. Felipe Yanez won the mountains classification.[1]

1979 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates24 April – 13 May
Stages19 stages + Prologue, including 3 split stages
Distance3,373 km (2,096 mi)
Winning time94h 57' 03"
Results
Winner  Joop Zoetemelk (NED) (Miko - Mercier)
  Second  Francisco Galdós (ESP) (Kas)
  Third  Michel Pollentier (BEL) (Splendor)

Points  Alfons De Wolf (BEL) (Boule D'Or - Lano)
Mountains  Felipe Yáñez (ESP) (Novostil - Helios)
  Sprints  Roger De Cnijf (BEL) (Boule D'Or - Lano)
  Team Kas
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Teams and ridersEdit

RouteEdit

List of stages[2][3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 24 April Jerez de la Frontera – Jerez de la Frontera 6.3 km (4 mi)   Individual time trial   Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
1 25 April Jerez de la FronteraSeville 156 km (97 mi)   Sean Kelly (IRL)
2 26 April SevilleCórdoba 188 km (117 mi)   Alfons De Wolf (BEL)
3 27 April CórdobaSierra Nevada 190 km (118 mi)   Felipe Yáñez (ESP)
4 28 April GranadaPuerto Lumbreras 222 km (138 mi)   Roger De Cnijf (BEL)
5 29 April Puerto LumbrerasMurcia 139 km (86 mi)   Juan Argudo [es] (ESP)
6 30 April MurciaAlcoy 171 km (106 mi)   Christian Levavasseur (FRA)
7 1 May AlcoySedaví 173 km (107 mi)   Alfons De Wolf (BEL)
8a 2 May SedavíBenicàssim 145 km (90 mi)   Sean Kelly (IRL)
8b 2 May Benicàssim – Benicàssim 11.3 km (7 mi)   Individual time trial   Joop Zoetemelk (NED)
9 3 May BenicàssimReus 193 km (120 mi)   Alfons De Wolf (BEL)
10 4 May ReusZaragoza 230 km (143 mi)   Noël Dejonckheere (BEL)
11 5 May ZaragozaPamplona 183 km (114 mi)   Noël Dejonckheere (BEL)
12 6 May PamplonaLogroño 149 km (93 mi)   Frans Van Vlierberghe (BEL)
13 7 May HaroPeña Cabarga [es] 180 km (112 mi)   Ángel López del Álamo [fr] (ESP)
14 8 May TorrelavegaGijón 178 km (111 mi)   Bernardo Alfonsel (ESP)
15 9 May GijónLeón 156 km (97 mi)   Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
16a 10 May LeónValladolid 134 km (83 mi)   Adri van Houwelingen (NED)
16b 10 May Valladolid – Valladolid 22 km (14 mi)   Individual time trial   Alfons De Wolf (BEL)
17 11 May ValladolidÁvila 204 km (127 mi)   Francisco Albelda (ESP)
18a 12 May ÁvilaColmenar Viejo 155 km (96 mi)   Miguel María Lasa (ESP)
18b 12 May Colmenar ViejoAzuqueca de Henares 104 km (65 mi)   Cees Bal (NED)
19 13 May Madrid – Madrid 84 km (52 mi)   Alfons De Wolf (BEL)
Total 3,373 km (2,096 mi)

ResultsEdit

Final General ClassificationEdit

Rank Rider Team Time
1   Joop Zoetemelk Miko-Mercier 94h 57' 03"
2   Francisco Galdós Kas-Campagnolo + 2' 43"
3   Michel Pollentier Splendor-Euro Soap + 3' 21"
4   Faustino Rupérez Moliner-Vereco + 5' 51"
5   Lucien Van Impe Kas-Campagnolo + 6' 30"
6   Pedro Torres Transmallorca-Flavia + 6' 49"
7   Felipe Yáñez Novostil-Helios + 7' 41"
8   Christian Seznec Miko-Mercier + 8' 03"
9   Fons De Wolf Boule d'Or-Lano + 10' 01"
10   Julián Andiano Moliner-Vereco + 10' 52"
11   Miguel María Lasa Moliner-Vereco
12   Vicente López Carril Teka
13   Raymond Martin Miko-Mercier
14   Alberto Fernández Moliner-Vereco
15   Herman Beysens Splendor-Euro Soap
16   Manuel Esparza Sanz Teka
17   Vicente Belda Transmallorca-Flavia
18   José Pesarrodona Teka
19   Ángel Arroyo Moliner-Vereco
20   Juan Pujol Pages Transmallorca-Flavia
21   Ismael Lejarreta Novostil-Helios
22   Carlos Melero Moliner-Vereco
23   Bernardo Alfonsel Kas-Campagnolo
24   Jesus Suarez Kas-Campagnolo
25   Gonzalo Aja Barguin Novostil-Helios

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://hemeroteca-paginas.mundodeportivo.com/EMD01/HEM/1979/05/14/MD19790514-036.pdf
  2. ^ "1979 » 34th Vuelta a Espana". Procyclingstats. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. ^ "34ème Vuelta a España 1979". Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Archived from the original on 25 October 2004.