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Vuelta a Andalucía

The Vuelta a Andalucía (Tour of Andalusia) or Ruta del Sol (Route of the Sun) is a regional Spanish road bicycle race first held in 1925.[1] Since 2005, it has been a 2.1 category race on the UCI Europe Tour. The nickname, Ruta del Sol, is in reference to the region's popular tourist coastline the Costa del Sol.

Vuelta a Andalucía
DateMid-February
RegionAndalucía
English nameTour of Andalusia
Local name(s)Vuelta a Andalucía (in Spanish)
Nickname(s)Ruta del Sol (in Spanish)
Route of the Sun (in English)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour 2.1
TypeStage-race (5 days)
First edition1925 (1925)
Editions63 (as of 2018)
First winner Ricardo Montero (ESP)
Most wins Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (5 wins)
Most recent Tim Wellens (BEL)

Contents

WinnersEdit

Rider Team
1925   Ricardo Montero (ESP) Real Union Irun
1926–
1954
No race
1955   José Gómez del Moral (ESP) individual
1956   Miguel Bover (ESP) Splendid-d'Alessandro
1957   Hortencio Vidaurreta (ESP) Real Union-Palmera
1958   Gabriel Company (ESP) Faema-Guerra
1959   Miguel Pacheco (ESP) Faema-Guerra
1960   Gabriel Mas (ESP) Faema
1961   Angelino Soler (ESP) Faema
1962   José Antonio Momene (ESP) KAS
1963   Antonio Barrutia (ESP) KAS-Kaskol
1964   Rudi Altig (GER) Saint Raphael-Gitane
1965   José Segu (ESP) Tedi Montjuich
1966   Jesus Aranzabal (ESP) Fagor
1967   Ramon Mendiburu (ESP) Fagor
1968   Antoon Houbrechts (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck
1969   Antonio Gómez del Moral (ESP) KAS-Kaskol
1970   José Gomez Lucas (ESP) KAS-Kaskol
1971   Jean-Pierre Monseré (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1972   Jan Krekels (NED) Goudsmit-Hoff
1973   Georges Pintens (BEL) Rokado
1974   Freddy Maertens (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1975   Freddy Maertens (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1976   Gerrie Knetemann (NED) TI–Raleigh
1977   Dietrich Thurau (GER) TI–Raleigh
1978 No race
1979   Dietrich Thurau (GER) IJsboerke-Warncke
1980   Daniel Willems (BEL) IJsboerke-Warncke
1981   Jos Schipper (NED) HB Alarmsystemen
1982   Marc Sergeant (BEL) Boule d'Or
1983   Eduardo Chozas (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz
1984   Julián Gorospe (ESP) Reynolds
1985   Rolf Gölz (GER) Del Tongo
1986   Steven Rooks (NED) PDM-Concorde
1987   Rolf Gölz (GER) SuperConfex-Yoko
1988   Edwig Van Hooydonck (BEL) SuperConfex-Yoko
1989   Fabio Bordonali (ITA) Malvor-Sidi
1990   Eduardo Chozas (ESP) ONCE
1991   Roberto Lezaun (ESP) Banesto
1992   Miguel Martinez Torres (ESP) ONCE
1993   Julián Gorospe (ESP) Banesto
1994   Stefano Della Santa (ITA) Mapei–CLAS
1995   Stefano Della Santa (ITA) Mapei–GB–Latexco
1996   Neil Stephens (AUS) ONCE
1997   Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
1998   Marcelino García (ESP) ONCE
1999   Javier Pascual Rodriguez (ESP) Kelme
2000   Miguel Angel Peña (ESP) ONCE–Deutsche Bank
2001   Erik Dekker (NED) Rabobank
2002   Antonio Colom (ESP) Relax-Fuenlabrada
2003   Javier Pascual Llorente (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2004   Juan Carlos Domínguez (ESP) Saunier Duval–Prodir
2005   Francisco Cabello (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana-Elche
2006   Carlos García Quesada (ESP) Unibet.com
2007   Óscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank
2008   Pablo Lastras (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2009   Joost Posthuma (NED) Rabobank
2010   Michael Rogers (AUS) Team HTC–Columbia
2011   Markel Irizar (ESP) Team RadioShack
2012   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2013   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2014   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2015   Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky
2016   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2017   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2018   Tim Wellens (BEL) Lotto–Soudal

Multiple winnersEdit

 
Alejandro Valverde (pictured at the 2015 Tour de France) has won the race five times.
Wins Rider Editions
5   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
2   Freddy Maertens (BEL) 1974, 1975
  Dietrich Thurau (GER) 1977, 1979
  Rolf Gölz (GER) 1985, 1987
  Eduardo Chozas (ESP) 1983, 1990
  Julián Gorospe (ESP) 1984, 1993
  Stefano Della Santa (ITA) 1994, 1995

Wins per countryEdit

Wins Country
37   Spain
9   Belgium
6   Germany,   Netherlands
3   Italy
2   Australia
1   United Kingdom

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vuelta a Andalucía". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 7 February 2016.

External linksEdit