Raúl Alcalá

Raúl Alcalá Gallegos (born 3 March 1964) is a former professional road racing cyclist, who competed between 1985 and 1999 and again in 2008 and 2010. As an amateur, Alcalá competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, finishing in eleventh place[1] and 17th with his team in the 100 km team time trial. In 1986, Alcalá became the first Mexican cyclist to compete in the Tour de France and to date has been the most successful Mexican cyclist. In the 1987 Tour de France, he won the young rider classification. In both 1989 and 1990, he won a stage in the Tour de France and finished in 8th place. A capable General Classification rider Alcalá finished in the top 10 during five different Grand Tours. In 2008, Alcalá returned to professional racing by competing in the Vuelta Chihuahua. In 2010, he won the national time trial championship at the age of 46. In early 2011, he stated his intention to race at the 2011 Pan American Games,[2] but eventually did not compete.

Raúl Alcalá
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Alcalá at the 1993 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameRaúl Alcalá Gallegos
NicknameThe Dwarf
Born (1964-03-03) 3 March 1964 (age 56)
Monterrey, Mexico
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Professional teams
1985Denti - Valtron
1986-19887-Eleven
1989-1992PDM - Concorde
1993Wordperfect
1994Motorola
1998Team GT
2009Team Arreola Hnos.
2010Canel's Turbo
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Young rider classification (1987)
2 individual stages (1989, 1990)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2010)
Clásica de San Sebastián (1992)

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1985
3rd Overall Redlands Classic
1986
2nd Overall Redlands Classic
1st Prologue
9th Overall Coors Classic
1st Stage 6
1987
1st   Overall Coors Classic
1st Prologue, Stages 1 & 13
1st Stage 1 Giro del Trentino
2nd Züri–Metzgete
9th Overall Tour de France
1st   Young rider classification
1988
8th Clásica de San Sebastián
1989
1st   Overall Ruta Mexico
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 10, 11, 14 & 15
4th Giro di Lombardia
5th Züri–Metzgete
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 3
9th Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 2b (TTT)
9th UCI Road World Cup
1990
1st   Overall Ruta Mexico
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 7 & 14
1st   Overall Tour de Trump
1st Prologue & Stage 8
1st   Overall Vuelta a Asturias
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 7 (ITT)
8th La Flèche Wallonne
1991
1st Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Overall Vuelta a España
1992
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Overall Nissan Classic
3rd Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1st Stage 3
4th UCI Road World Cup
4th Giro di Lombardia
6th Wincanton Classic
8th Overall Vuelta a España
1993
1st   Overall Tour DuPont
1st Stage 11
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Prologue & Stage 3
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 5
1994
1st   Overall Ruta Mexico
1st Stages 4 (TTT) & 9
1st Stage 4 Tour DuPont
3rd Klasika Primavera
2010
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
  Vuelta a España 7 8
  Giro d'Italia 14 DNF
  Tour de France 114 9 20 8 8 DNF 21 27 70
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Raúl Alcalá Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  2. ^ Thomas, Steve (18 February 2011). "Still rollin': A conversation with Raul Alcala". VeloNews. Retrieved 7 August 2015.

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