1993 Vuelta a España

The 48th 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 1993. It consisted of 21 stages covering a total of 3,605 km (2,240 mi), and was won by Tony Rominger of the CLAS–Cajastur cycling team.[1]

1993 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates26 April - 15 May
Distance3,605 km (2,240 mi)
Winning time96h 07' 03"
Winner  Tony Rominger (SUI) (CLAS-Cajastur)
  Second  Alex Zülle (SUI) (ONCE)
  Third  Laudelino Cubino (ESP) (Amaya Seguros)

Points  Tony Rominger (SUI) (CLAS-Cajastur)
Mountains  Tony Rominger (SUI) (CLAS-Cajastur)
Combination  Jesús Montoya (ESP) (Amaya Seguros)
Sprints  Hendrik Redant (BEL) (Collstrop)
  Team Amaya Seguros
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Race preview and favoritesEdit

Tony Rominger, winner of the previous edition, started the race as the big favourite for the overall win. Among the other contenders were his rivals of the previous year, Jesús Montoya (supported by his Amaya Seguros team that included such names as Melcior Mauri, Laudelino Cubino and Oliverio Rincón), and Pedro Delgado. The ONCE team with Erik Breukink as team leader and riders of the calibre of Laurent Jalabert and Johan Bruyneel were also a strong candidates. Other candidates included Italian Marco Giovannetti and Scotsman Robert Millar, although they weren't supported by strong teams.


List of stages[2][3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 26 April A Coruña – A Coruña 10 km (6 mi)   Individual time trial   Alex Zülle (SUI)
2 27 April A CoruñaVigo 251.1 km (156 mi)   Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP)
3 28 April VigoOurense 171.4 km (107 mi)   Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
4 29 April A GudiñaSalamanca 233.4 km (145 mi)   Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
5 30 April SalamancaÁvila 219.8 km (137 mi)   Marino Alonso (ESP)
6 1 May Palazuelos de Eresma (Destilerías DYC) – Navacerrada 24.1 km (15 mi)   Individual time trial   Alex Zülle (SUI)
7 2 May Palazuelos de Eresma (Destilerías DYC) – Madrid 184 km (114 mi)   Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
8 3 May AranjuezAlbacete 225.1 km (140 mi)   Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
9 4 May AlbaceteValencia 224 km (139 mi)   Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB)
10 5 May ValenciaLa Sénia 206 km (128 mi)   Juan Carlos González Salvador (ESP)
11 6 May LleidaCerler 221 km (137 mi)   Tony Rominger (SUI)
12 7 May BenasqueZaragoza 220.7 km (137 mi)   Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB)
13 8 May Zaragoza – Zaragoza 37.1 km (23 mi)   Individual time trial   Melcior Mauri (ESP)
14 9 May TudelaAlto de la Cruz de la Demanda (Ezcaray) 197.2 km (123 mi)   Tony Rominger (SUI)
15 10 May Santo Domingo de la CalzadaSantander 226.2 km (141 mi)   Dag Otto Lauritzen (NOR)
16 11 May SantanderAlto Campoo 160 km (99 mi)   Jesús Montoya (ESP)
17 12 May SantanderLakes of Covadonga 179.5 km (112 mi)   Oliverio Rincón (COL)
18 13 May Cangas de OnísGijón 170 km (106 mi)   Serguei Outschakov (UKR)
19 14 May GijónAlto del Naranco 153 km (95 mi)   Tony Rominger (SUI)
20 15 May SalasFerrol 247 km (153 mi)   Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB)
21 16 May PadrónSantiago de Compostela 44.6 km (28 mi)   Individual time trial   Alex Zülle (SUI)
Total 3,605 km (2,240 mi)

Race overviewEdit

A Swiss youngster, Alex Zülle, Breukink's ONCE teammate, who had been the revelation of the previous year's Tour de France, surprised by winning the prologue with a commanding lead of over half a minute over the rest of the contenders. He would keep the leader's jersey for the first week.

It was expected that the Swiss youngster, who had so far not shown climbing abilities, would lose the lead on the stage 5 mountain time trial to the Puerto de Navacerrada. Zülle not only kept his lead, he won the stage. Only Rominger seemed to be close to the rhythm of his young compatriot, as most of the favorites including Pedro Delgado lost over two minutes that day.

The high mountain stages started with the 11th, ending at Cerler. Rominger launched his first attack on the yellow jersey, winning the stage and taking almost a minute out of Zülle. He was now only 18 seconds down on the general classification. The rest of the favorites saw their chances slip away as they were now many minutes down. Only Cubino kept in touch, albeit at a deficit of two minutes.

After a close fought time trial in Zaragoza won by Mauri, the general classification was now solely a two-man fight. Two days later Rominger managed to distance Zülle on the climb to Valdezcaray and took the lead. Throughout most of the mountain stages on the Cordillera Cantabrica mountain range Rominger and Zülle closely marked each other, finishing together; However, on the final of those stages, Rominger hatched a plan to attack on a wet descent, taking advantage of Zülle's weak descending skills. Rominger managed to distance Zülle, which led to the inexperienced Zülle panicking, running wide at a corner and crashing, losing further time. By the end of the stage, Rominger had taken a famous solo win atop the Alto del Naranco and had taken another minute out of Zülle and his chasing ONCE team. This time gain would loom large by the end of the Vuelta.

The Vuelta's final stage was a 44 km individual time trial where Zülle was determined to take back Rominger's general classification lead of little over a minute. Rominger voiced his concern that a stomach illness he had contracted the day after the Naranco stage may cost him the overall win. In the end, Zülle took a dominant stage win but was unable to take back all the time he needed. Rominger thus took his second Vuelta with Zülle second and Cubino third.

Rominger dominated all three classifications and became only the second rider after Eddy Merckx in the 1968 Giro d'Italia and the 1969 Tour de France to achieve this in a Grand Tour.


Final General ClassificationEdit

Rank Rider Team Time
1   Tony Rominger CLAS-Cajastur 96h07'03’’
2   Alex Zülle ONCE 29’’
3   Laudelino Cubino Amaya Seguros 8'54’’
4   Oliverio Rincón Amaya Seguros 9'25’’
5   Jesús Montoya Amaya Seguros 10'27’’
6   Pedro Delgado Banesto 11'17’’
7   Erik Breukink ONCE 17'58’’
8   Melchor Mauri Amaya Seguros 19'53’’
9   Johan Bruyneel ONCE 20'01’’
10   Fernando Escartín CLAS-Cajastur 23'27’’
11   Ignacio Gaston CLAS-Cajastur
12   Mikel Zarrabeitia Amaya Seguros
13   Hernán Buenahora Kelme-Zacobeo'93
14   Luca Gelfi Banesto
15   Robert Millar TVM-Bison
16   Javier Muriguialday Amaya Seguros
17   José Ramon Uriarte Zubero Banesto-Pinarello
18   Jon Unzaga Bombín CLAS-Cajastur
19   Peter Meinert Nielsen TVM-Bison
20   Francisco Javier Mauleón CLAS-Cajastur
21   Marino Alonso Monje Banesto
22   Eduardo Chozas Olmo Artiach-Filipinos
23   Arsenio González Gutiérrez CLAS-Cajastur
24   Federico Echave Musatadi CLAS-Cajastur
25   Jesús Blanco Deportpublic-Otero


  1. ^ http://hemeroteca-paginas.mundodeportivo.com/EMD01/HEM/1993/05/16/MD19930516-037.pdf
  2. ^ "1993 » 48th Vuelta a Espana". Procyclingstats. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  3. ^ "48ème Vuelta a España 1993". Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Archived from the original on 12 January 2005.

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