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The Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia (English: Tour of Murcia) is a road bicycle race held in and around Murcia, Spain. The first four editions were reserved to amateurs. Originally the race was held in early March and consisted of five stages. However, due to Spain's financial turmoil, the race was scaled back to three stages in 2011 and two stages in 2012.[1] From 2013 to 2018 the Vuelta a Murcia was organised as a single-day race and shifted to mid-February on the international calendar.[2] In 2019 the race was expanded to two stages.[3] It is part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 2.1 event.[3]

Vuelta a Murcia
DateMid-February
RegionRegion of Murcia, Spain
English nameTour of Murcia
Local name(s)Vuelta Ciclistica a la Region di Murcia
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race (until 2012)
One-day race (2013-2018)
Stage race (from 2019)
Web sitewww.vueltamurcia.es Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1981 (1981)
Editions39 (as of 2019)
First winner Pedro Delgado (ESP)
Most wins Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (5 wins)
Most recent Luis León Sánchez (ESP)

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ControversiesEdit

All Italian teams were banned from taking part in 2010 edition of the race by the race organizers. This decision was made due to the banning of Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde by the Italian Olympic Committee due to his links with the Operación Puerto blood doping ring.[4]

In 2011 Alberto Contador won both the overall and points classification after winning Stage 2 and the Stage 3 individual time trial. However, in February 2012 he was suspended and all his results after July 2010 were voided, awarding Jérôme Coppel of Saur Sojasun the overall victory.[5]

Past winners – men's raceEdit

Rider Team
1981   Pedro Delgado (ESP)
1982   Salvador Sanchis (ESP)
1983   Francisco Javier Cedena (ESP)
1984   Ricardo Martinez (ESP)
1985   José Recio (ESP) Kelme
1986   Miguel Indurain (ESP) Reynolds
1987   Pello Ruiz Cabestany (ESP) Caja Rural-Seat
1988   Carlos Hernández (ESP) Teka
1989   Marino Alonso (ESP) Teka
1990   Tom Cordes (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991   José Luis Villanueva (ESP) ONCE
1992   Álvaro Mejía (COL) Postobón
1993   Carlos Galarreta (ESP) Deportpublic
1994   Melchor Mauri (ESP) Banesto
1995   Adriano Baffi (ITA) Mapei-GB
1996   Melchor Mauri (ESP) ONCE
1997   Juan Carlos Domínguez (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
1998   Alberto Elli (ITA) Casino–Ag2r
1999   Marco Pantani (ITA) Mercatone Uno–Bianchi
2000   David Cañada (ESP) ONCE–Deutsche Bank
2001   Aitor González (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2002   Víctor Hugo Peña (COL) U.S. Postal Service
2003   Javier Pascual Llorente (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2004   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme
2005   Koldo Gil (ESP) Liberty Seguros–Würth
2006   José Iván Gutiérrez[6] (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne–Illes Balears
2007   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2008   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2009   Denis Menchov (RUS) Rabobank
2010   František Raboň (CZE) Team HTC–Columbia
2011   Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun
2012   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team
2013   Daniel Navarro (ESP) Cofidis
2014   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2015   Rein Taaramäe (EST) Astana
2016   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team
2017   Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2018   Luis León Sánchez (ESP) Astana
2019   Luis León Sánchez (ESP) Astana

Past winners – women's raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Economic crisis hits Tour of Murcia". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  2. ^ Axelgaard, Emil. "Vuelta a Murcia preview". Cycling Quotes. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia (2.1) on BikeRaceInfo.
  4. ^ "Tour of Murcia bars Italian teams". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  5. ^ Stokes, Shane (6 February 2012). "Confirmed: Contador handed two year doping ban,loses 2010 Tour title". VeloNation. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. ^ http://masdeporte.as.com/masdeporte/2006/07/02/polideportivo/1151877902_850215.html

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