Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme

The Catalan Cycling Week (Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme in Catalan) was a multi-stage road bicycle race held in Catalonia, Spain. Held annually from 1963 until 2005, it was run as a 2.HC race on the UCI Europe Tour in the second half of March. The Setmana Catalana was discontinued in 2006 due to financial problems and is no longer on the UCI Calendar. Since 2010, the Volta a Catalunya, Catalonia's oldest existing cycling race, was moved to the calendar slot formerly held by the Setmana Catalana in late March.[1]

Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
Race details
DateMarch
RegionCatalonia, Spain
English nameCatalan Cycling Week
Local name(s)Semana Catalana de Ciclismo (in Spanish) Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme (in Catalan)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage-race
History
First edition1963 (1963)
Editions42
Final edition2005
First winner José Pérez Francés (ESP)
Most wins José Pérez-Francés (ESP)
 Luis Ocaña (ESP)
 Eddy Merckx (BEL)
 Alex Zülle (SUI)
 Michael Boogerd (NED)
 Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
:2 times
Final winner Alberto Contador (ESP)

The first winner of the race was José Pérez-Francés in 1963. Six rider have won the race twice: Spaniards José Pérez-Francés and Luis Ocaña, Belgian Eddy Merckx, Swiss Alex Zülle, Dutchman Michael Boogerd and Frenchman Laurent Jalabert. Alberto Contador was the last to win in 2005.

WinnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1963   Spain José Pérez-Francés
1964   Spain José Pérez-Francés
1965   Spain José Luis Talamillo
1966   Spain José López Rodríguez
1967   Spain Domingo Perurena
1968   Spain Mariano Díaz
1969   Spain Luis Ocaña
1970   Italy Italo Zilioli
1971   France Raymond Poulidor
1972   Spain Miguel María Lasa
1973   Spain Luis Ocaña
1974   Netherlands Joop Zoetemelk
1975   Belgium Eddy Merckx
1976   Belgium Eddy Merckx
1977   Belgium Freddy Maertens
1978   Spain Enrique Cima
1979   Belgium Claude Criquielion
1980 No race
1981   Sweden Sven-Åke Nilsson
1982   Norway Jostein Wilmann
1983   Spain Alberto Fernández
1984   Australia Phil Anderson
1985   Spain Josep Recio
1986   Spain Felipe Yañez
1987   Spain Vicent Belda
1988   Ireland Sean Kelly
1989   Germany Raimund Dietzen
1990   Spain Iñaki Gastón
1991   Ireland Stephen Roche
1992    Switzerland Alex Zülle
1993   Spain Pedro Delgado
1994   Italy Stefano Della Santa
1995   Italy Francesco Frattini
1996    Switzerland Alex Zülle
1997   Spain Juan Carlos Domínguez
1998   Netherlands Michael Boogerd
1999   France Laurent Jalabert
2000   France Laurent Jalabert
2001   Netherlands Michael Boogerd
2002   Spain Juan Miguel Mercado
2003   Italy Dario Frigo
2004   Spain Joaquim Rodríguez
2005   Spain Alberto Contador

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Westemeyer, Susan. "Centennial Volta a Catalunya one for the climbers". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.