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The 37th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from 20 April to 9 May 1982. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 3456 km, and was won by Marino Lejarreta of the Teka cycling team.

1982 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 20 April – 9 May
Stages 19 + Prologue, including 2 split stages
Distance 3,456 km (2,147 mi)
Winning time 95h 47' 23"
Winner  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) (Teka)
  Second  Michel Pollentier (BEL) (Safir)
  Third  Sven-Åke Nilsson (SWE) (Wolber)

Points  Stefan Mutter (SUI) (Puch - Eurotex)
Mountains  José Luis Laguía (ESP) (Reynolds)
  Sprints  Benny Schepmans (BEL) (Van de Ven - Moser)
  Team Kelme
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The Reynolds team controlled the race after team leader Ángel Arroyo took the leader's jersey on the tenth stage. Arroyo kept the jersey until the finish of the race where he won the final individual time trial. Arroyo won the grand tour ahead of Marino Lejarreta and Michel Pollentier. However 48 hours after his win, it emerged that in the doping control that was conducted after the stage 17 Arroyo tested positive. Three other riders also failed the doping test after stage 17: Alberto Fernández, Vicente Belda and Pedro Muñoz.

The four riders were said to have tested positive for Methylphenidate (which is also known as Ritalin) a stimulant.[1] Methylphenidate was a popular drug for doping in cycling at that time.[2] Arroyo and his team denied the allegations and asked for a second analysis of the sample. The B analysis confirmed the first positive test.[1] Arroyo was assigned a 10-minute penalty and stripped of his Vuelta win which was given to Lejarreta. With the 10-minute penalty Arroyo went down to 13th place in the classification.[3] The disqualification of the winner of the Vuelta has been called the worst scandal that has ever hit the race on the official La Vuelta website.[1]



Final General ClassificationEdit

Rank Rider Team Time
1   Marino Lejarreta Teka 95h 47' 23s
2   Michel Pollentier Safir-Concorde a 18s
3   Sven-Åke Nilsson Wolber-Spidel a 1' 17s
4   Faustino Ruperez Rincon Zor-Helios a 2' 14s
5   José Luis Laguía Reynolds-Galli a 2' 37s
6   Pierre-Raymond Villemiane Wolber-Spidel a 2' 43s
7   Stefan Mutter Puch-Eurotex a 4' 18s
8   Jaime Vilamajo Ipiens Kelme-Merckx a 4' 19s
9   Marc Durant Wolber-Spidel a 5' 10s
10   Álvaro Pino Zor-Helios a 5' 53s
11   Enrique Martinez Heredia Kelme-Merckx
12   Celestino Prieto Rodriquez Kelme-Merckx
13   Ángel Arroyo Reynolds-Galli
14   Eduardo Chozas Zor-Helios
15   Alberto Fernandez Teka
16   Paul Wellens Splendor-Wickes
17   Bernardo Alfonsel Lopez Teka
18   Vicente Belda Kelme-Merckx
19   Ismal Lejarreta Teka
20   Juan Fernandez Kelme-Merckx
21   Jo Maas Splendor-Wickes
22   Dominique Arnaud Wolber-Spidel
23   Luis-Vicente Otin Hueso
24   Benny Van Brabant Splendor-Wickes
25   Pedro Munoz Rodriguez Zor-Helios


  1. ^ a b c "1982 General Information". La Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  2. ^ Delbeke FT. (Aug 1996). "Doping in cyclism: results of unannounced controls in Flanders (1987-1994)". International Journal Sports Medicine. 17(6):434-8. 
  3. ^ "Heras won't be the first to lose the Vuelta after the fact". Archived from the original on 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 

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