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Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

The Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Valencian pronunciation: [ˈvɔlta a la komuniˈtad valensiˈana]; English: Tour of the Valencian Community or Tour of Valencia) is a road cycling stage race held in the Valencian Community (Comunitat Valenciana), Spain. Its position in the cycling calendar means it is often used as preparation for the spring classics or the grand tours which take place later in the season.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
DateEarly February
RegionValencian Community, Spain
English nameTour of the Valencian Community
Local name(s)Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Valencian)
Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana (in Spanish)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
Web sitevueltacv.es Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1929 (1929)
Editions70 (as of 2019)
First winner Salvador Cardona (ESP)
Most wins Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (3 wins)
Most recent Ion Izagirre (ESP)

No editions of the race were held between 2008 and 2015 because of funding issues. A first attempt to revive it for the 2010–11 UCI Europe Tour was unsuccessful.[1] During 2015 a second attempt was started by Ángel Casero and his brother Rafael. In September the UCI granted the race a 2.1 status and made way for the return of the race which took place in early February.[2] The race will become part of the new UCI ProSeries in 2020.

ResultsEdit

Previous winnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1929   Spain Salvador Cardona Elvish-Fontan
1930   Spain Mariano Cañardo
1931   Spain Fédérico Ezquerra
1932   Spain Ricardo Montero
1933   Spain Antonio Escuriet
1934–
1939
No race
1940   Spain Fédérico Ezquerra
1941 No race
1942   Spain Julián Berrendero
1943   Spain Antonio Andres Sancho
1944   Spain Antonio Martin Eguia
1945–
1946
No race
1947   Spain Joaquin Olmos
1948   Spain Emilio Rodríguez
1949   Spain Joaquim Filba
1950–
1953
No race
1954   Spain Salvador Botella
1955   Spain Francesco Masip
1956   Spain René Marigil
1957   Spain Bernardo Ruiz
1958   Belgium Hilaire Couvreur
1959   Belgium Rik Van Looy
1960   Spain Fernando Manzaneque Faema
1961   Spain Salvador Botella
1962   Spain Fernando Manzaneque Wiel's-Roene Leeuw
1963   Spain José Martin Colmenarejo
1964   Spain Antonio Gómez del Moral
1965   Spain José Perez Frances Ferrys
1966   Spain Angelino Soler
1967   Spain José Pérez Francés Kas-Kaskol
1968   Spain Mariano Diaz
1969   Belgium Eddy Merckx Faemino–Faema
1970   Spain Ventura Diaz
1971   Spain José Lopez Rodriguez
1972   Spain Domingo Perurena Kas
1973   Spain José Antonio González Linares Kas-Kaskol
1974   Italy Marcello Bergamo
1975   Spain Vicente López Carril Kas-Kaskol
1976   Spain Gonzalo Aja Teka
1977   Sweden Bernt Johansson Fiorella
1978 No race
1979   Spain Vicente Belda Transmallorca
1980   Germany Klaus-Peter Thaler Teka
1981   Spain Alberto Fernández Teka
1982   Spain Pedro Muñoz
1983   Germany Raimund Dietzen Teka
1984   France Bruno Cornillet La Vie Claire
1985   Spain Jesús Blanco Villar
1986   France Bernard Hinault La Vie Claire
1987   Ireland Stephen Roche Carrera Jeans-Vagabond
1988    Switzerland Erich Mächler Carrera Jeans-Vagabond
1989   Spain Pello Ruiz Cabestany ONCE
1990   Netherlands Tom Cordes
1991   Spain Melchor Mauri ONCE
1992   Spain Melchor Mauri ONCE
1993   Spain Julián Gorospe Banesto
1994   Russia Viatcheslav Ekimov WordPerfect
1995    Switzerland Alex Zülle ONCE
1996   France Laurent Jalabert ONCE
1997   Spain Juan Carlos Domínguez Kelme
1998   France Pascal Chanteur Casino
1999   Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Ag2r Prévoyance
2000   Spain Abraham Olano ONCE
2001    Switzerland Fabian Jeker Milaneza-MSS
2002    Switzerland Alex Zülle Team Coast
2003   Italy Dario Frigo Fassa Bortolo
2004   Spain Alejandro Valverde Kelme-Costa Blanca
2005   Italy Alessandro Petacchi Fassa Bortolo
2006   Spain Antonio Colom Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
2007   Spain Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne
2008   Spain Rubén Plaza S.L. Benfica
2009–
2015
No race
2016   Netherlands Wout Poels Team Sky
2017   Colombia Nairo Quintana Movistar Team
2018   Spain Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
2019   Spain Ion Izagirre Astana

Multiple winnersEdit

Number of wins Rider Editions
3 wins Alejandro Valverde 2004, 2007, 2018
2 wins Salvador Botella 1954, 1961
Fédérico Ezquerra 1931, 1940
José Pérez Francés 1965, 1967
Fernando Manzaneque 1906, 1962
Melcior Mauri 1991, 1992
Alex Zülle 1995, 2002

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Vuelta Ciclista a la Communidad Valenciana – Race profile". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
Specific
  1. ^ "La Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana tampoco verá la luz en 2011 (Comunicado)". Biciciclismo.com (in Spanish). 2 December 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana to return to UCI calendar in 2016". Cyclingnews.com. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.