Mariano Cañardo

Mariano Cañardo Lacasta (5 February 1906 in Olite – 21 June 1987 in Barcelona) was a Spanish professional road racing cyclist. He won a record seven editions of the Volta a Catalunya in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as four Spanish national championship titles and one Tour de France stage win. Born in Olite, Navarra, his nickname was the Catalan of Olite.[1]

Mariano Cañardo
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Personal information
Full nameMariano Cañardo Lacasta
NicknameThe Catalan of Olite
Born(1906-02-05)5 February 1906
Olite, Spain
Died20 May 1987(1987-05-20) (aged 81)
Barcelona, Spain
Team information
Professional teams
1927FC Barcelona
1929FC Barcelona
1937France Sport-Dunlop
1941-1942FC Barcelona
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (1937)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (1935, 1936)

Stage races

Volta a Catalunya (1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939)
Tour of the Basque Country (1930)
Tour du Maroc (1937, 1938)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1930, 1931, 1933, 1936)


Cañardo grew up in Navarra, but, orphaned at the age of 14, he moved with his sister to Barcelona, Catalonia, where he discovered the bike. He was professional from 1926 until 1943, excelling mainly in the early Spanish stage races. An excellent climber and time triallist, Cañardo was next to invincible in the Volta a Catalunya, which he won seven times in addition to two second and two third places. In 1928 he won the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and in 1930 he became the first Spaniard to win the Tour of the Basque Country.

In 1935 he finished second overall to Belgian Gustaaf Deloor and won stage 5 in the first Vuelta a España. He won two stages at the 1936 Vuelta a España and one stage in the 1937 Tour de France.[1] He won the first two runnings of the Tour of Morocco in 1937 and 1938. His career was hampered by the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939 when all racing in Spain was suspended, and World War II, which disrupted racing in the rest of Europe. He ended his career in 1943.

After retiring, he started a successful career as a sports director and race organizer. He was sports director of several cycling teams, among which the Spanish national cycling team, which entered the Tour de France from 1951 to 1953. Later he became race director of various Catalan races, including the Setmana Catalana and the Circuit Català. He was a member of the board of directors of the Spanish Cycling Federation and was president of the Catalan Cycling Federation from 1969 to 1974. He received the Medalla Forjadors for his merit in the sports history of Catalonia in 1987.[2]

Major resultsEdit

Volta a Catalunya
Volta a Catalunya
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Circuito de Getxo
  Spanish National Road Race Championship
Vuelta a Santander
Volta a Catalunya
Tour of the Basque Country
Vuelta a Levante
  Spanish National Road Race Championship
Trofeo Masferrer
Volta a Catalunya
  Spanish National Road Race Championship
Trofeo Masferrer
Tour de France:
9th place overall classification
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 5
2nd place overall classification
Volta a Catalunya
Stage 1 GP Republica
  Spanish National Road Race Championship
Volta a Catalunya
Vuelta a España:
10th place overall classification
Winner stages 7 and 15
Palma de Mallorca
Tour de France:
6th place overall classification
Tour du Maroc
Tour de France:
Winner stage 14B
Tour du Maroc
Circuito del Norte (incl. 4 stages)
Volta a Catalunya
Madrid - Lisboa
Clasica a los Puertos de Guadarrama

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938
  Vuelta a España No race 2 10 No race
  Giro d'Italia Did not contest during career
  Tour de France 9 6 30 16


  1. ^ a b Gallen Utset, Carles (2013). Les Federacions Esportives Catalanes i els seus presidents (in Catalan). Barcelona: UFEC.
  2. ^ Forjadors de la història esportiva de Catalunya (in Catalan). Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya. 1987.

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