1987 Vuelta a España
The 42nd 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.
|Dates||23 April - 15 May|
|Stages||22 + Prologue|
|Distance||3,921 km (2,436 mi)|
|Winning time||105h 34' 25"|
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. 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.
Teams and ridersEdit
|P||23 April||Benidorm – Benidorm||6.6 km (4 mi)||Individual time trial||Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (BEL)|
|1||24 April||Benidorm – Albacete||219 km (136 mi)||Sean Kelly (IRL)|
|2||25 April||Albacete – Valencia||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||Valencia – Villarreal||169 km (105 mi)||Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP)|
|5||28 April||Salou – Barcelona||165 km (103 mi)||Roberto Pagnin (ITA)|
|6||29 April||Barcelona – Grau Roig (Andorra)||220 km (137 mi)||Jesús Ignacio Ibáñez Loyo (ESP)|
|7||30 April||La Seu d'Urgell – Cerler||186 km (116 mi)||Laudelino Cubino (ESP)|
|8||1 May||Benasque – Zaragoza||219 km (136 mi)||Iñaki Gastón (ESP)|
|9||2 May||Zaragoza – Pamplona||180 km (112 mi)||Antonio Esparza (ESP)|
|10||3 May||Miranda de Ebro – Alto Campoo||213 km (132 mi)||Enrique Aja (ESP)|
|11||4 May||Santander – Lakes of Covadonga||179 km (111 mi)||Luis Herrera (COL)|
|12||5 May||Cangas de Onís – Oviedo||142 km (88 mi)||Carlos Hernández (ESP)|
|13||6 May||Luarca – Ferrol||223 km (139 mi)||Carlos Emiro Gutiérrez (COL)|
|14||7 May||Ferrol – A Coruña||220 km (137 mi)||Juan Fernández (ESP)|
|15||8 May||A Coruña – Vigo||185 km (115 mi)||Antonio Esparza (ESP)|
|16||9 May||Ponteareas – Ponferrada||237 km (147 mi)||Dominique Arnaud (FRA)|
|17||10 May||Ponferrada – Valladolid||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 Ávila – Ávila||213 km (132 mi)||Laurent Fignon (FRA)|
|20||13 May||Ávila – Palazuelos 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 Henares – Madrid||173 km (107 mi)||Jaime Vilamajó (ESP)|
|Total||3,921 km (2,436 mi)|
General classification (final)Edit
|1||Luis Herrera||Café de Colombia||105h34'25"|
|3||Laurent Fignon||Système U-Gitane||3'13"|
|5||Óscar Vargas||Ryalcao Postobon||4'03"|
|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 Bohorguez Ortega||Café de Colombia|
|21||Nestor Mora Zarate||Ryalcao-Postobon|
|23||Carlos Hernandez Bailo||Teka-Mavic|
|25||Jesus Blanco Villar||Teka-Mavic|
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