1987 Vuelta a España

The 42nd Edition Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from 23 April to 15 May 1987. It consisted of 22 stages covering a total of 3,921 km, and was won by Luis Herrera of the Café de Colombia cycling team. It was the first win of a Grand Tour by a Colombian and also the first of a South American.[1]

1987 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates23 April - 15 May
Stages22 + Prologue
Distance3,921 km (2,436 mi)
Winning time105h 34' 25"
Winner  Luis Herrera (COL) (Café de Colombia)
  Second  Raimund Dietzen (GER) (Teka)
  Third  Laurent Fignon (FRA) (Système U-Gitane)

Points  Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP) (Teka)
Mountains  Luis Herrera (COL) (Café de Colombia)
Youth  Johnny Weltz (DEN) (Fagor - Larios)
Combination  Laurent Fignon (FRA) (Système U-Gitane)
Sprints  Miguel Ángel Iglesias (ESP) (Frinca Colchón - CR)
  Team Ryalcao Postobón
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With the 1986 Vuelta Champion, Álvaro Pino was absent due to health problems, the principal favourites for the overall classification were Laurent Fignon, Pedro Delgado and Sean Kelly. Jean Luc Vandenbroucke won the prologue and wore the first leader's jersey. Kelly who was in form after winning Paris–Nice for the sixth time won the first stage and took the jersey. The sixth stage saw the beginning of the fight for the overall classification. Luis Herrera in the company of Ángel Arroyo and Vicente Belda attacked several times on the final ascent of the stage. However Kelly was still able to ride into the leader's jersey again. On the following stage to Cerler which was won by the Spaniard Laudelino Cubino, Herrera put time into Kelly and Dietzen finished ahead of Kelly and took the leader's jersey. Herrera took the jersey after the 11th stage that finished on the Lagos de Covadonga. However Kelly retook the leader's jersey in the stage 18 time trial and with four stages to go it looked as if he was going to win his first grand tour. However Kelly was forced to withdraw from the race the following day due to a saddle boil.[2] Fignon won the following stage and moved up to third place overall ahead of Delgado. Herrera took back the jersey which he kept to the end to win the race. It was the first win of a Grand Tour by a Colombian and also the first of a South American.[3][4]

Teams and ridersEdit


List of stages[5][6]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 23 April Benidorm – Benidorm 6.6 km (4 mi)   Individual time trial   Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (BEL)
1 24 April BenidormAlbacete 219 km (136 mi)   Sean Kelly (IRL)
2 25 April AlbaceteValencia 217 km (135 mi)   Paolo Rosola (ITA)
3 26 April Valencia – Valencia 34.8 km (22 mi)   Individual time trial   Sean Kelly (IRL)
4 27 April ValenciaVillarreal 169 km (105 mi)   Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP)
5 28 April SalouBarcelona 165 km (103 mi)   Roberto Pagnin (ITA)
6 29 April BarcelonaGrau Roig (Andorra) 220 km (137 mi)   Jesús Ignacio Ibáñez Loyo (ESP)
7 30 April La Seu d'UrgellCerler 186 km (116 mi)   Laudelino Cubino (ESP)
8 1 May BenasqueZaragoza 219 km (136 mi)   Iñaki Gastón (ESP)
9 2 May ZaragozaPamplona 180 km (112 mi)   Antonio Esparza (ESP)
10 3 May Miranda de EbroAlto Campoo 213 km (132 mi)   Enrique Aja (ESP)
11 4 May SantanderLakes of Covadonga 179 km (111 mi)   Luis Herrera (COL)
12 5 May Cangas de OnísOviedo 142 km (88 mi)   Carlos Hernández (ESP)
13 6 May LuarcaFerrol 223 km (139 mi)   Carlos Emiro Gutiérrez (COL)
14 7 May FerrolA Coruña 220 km (137 mi)   Juan Fernández (ESP)
15 8 May A CoruñaVigo 185 km (115 mi)   Antonio Esparza (ESP)
16 9 May PonteareasPonferrada 237 km (147 mi)   Dominique Arnaud (FRA)
17 10 May PonferradaValladolid 221 km (137 mi)   Roberto Pagnin (ITA)
18 11 May Valladolid – Valladolid 24 km (15 mi)   Individual time trial   Jesús Blanco Villar (ESP)
19 12 May El Barco de ÁvilaÁvila 213 km (132 mi)   Laurent Fignon (FRA)
20 13 May ÁvilaPalazuelos de Eresma (Destilerías DYC) 183 km (114 mi)   Omar Hernández (COL)
21 14 May Palazuelos de Eresma (Destilerías DYC) – Collado Villalba 160 km (99 mi)   Francisco Rodríguez (COL)
22 15 May Alcalá de HenaresMadrid 173 km (107 mi)   Jaime Vilamajó (ESP)
Total 3,921 km (2,436 mi)

General classification (final)Edit

Rank Rider Team Time
1   Luis Herrera Café de Colombia 105h34'25"
2   Raimund Dietzen Teka 1'04"
3   Laurent Fignon Système U-Gitane 3'13"
4   Pedro Delgado PDM-Concorde 3'52"
5   Óscar Vargas Ryalcao Postobon 4'03"
6   Vicente Belda Kelme 4'40"
7   Anselmo Fuerte BH-Sport 4'59"
8   Yvon Madiot Système U-Gitane 5'25"
9   Henry Cárdenas Café de Colombia 7'08"
10   Omar Hernández Ryalcao Postobon 7'33"
11   Angel Arroyo Lanchas Reynolds
12   Ignacio Gaston Crespo Kas
13   Pedro Saúl Morales Ryalcao Postobon
14   Juan Tomas Martinez Zahor Chocolates
15   Pascal Poisson Système U-Gitane
16   José Patrocinio Jimenez Café de Colombia
17   Federico Echave Musatadi BH-Sport
18   Martín Ramírez Café de Colombia
19   Enrique Aja Cagigas Teka-Mavic
20   Argemiro Bohorquez Ortega Café de Colombia
21   Nestor Mora Zarate Ryalcao-Postobon
22   Martin Earley Fagor
23   Carlos Hernandez Bailo Teka-Mavic
24   Pablo Wilches Ryalcao-Postobon
25   Jesus Blanco Villar Teka-Mavic


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