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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] Since 2013 the Vuelta a Murcia is organised as a single-day race and shifted to mid-February on the international calendar.[2] It is part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 1.1 event.[3]

Vuelta a Murcia
Date Mid-February
Region Region of Murcia, Spain
English name Tour of Murcia
Local name(s) Vuelta Ciclistica a la Region di Murcia
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race (until 2012)
One-day race (2013 onwards)
First edition 1981 (1981)
Editions 37 (as of 2017)
First winner  Pedro Delgado (ESP)
Most wins  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (5 wins)
Most recent  Alejandro Valverde (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 winnersEdit

Rider Team
1981   Delgado, PedroPedro Delgado (ESP)
1982   Sanchis, SalvadorSalvador Sanchis (ESP)
1983   Cedena, Francisco JavierFrancisco Javier Cedena (ESP)
1984   Martinez, RicardoRicardo Martinez (ESP)
1985   Recio, JoseJosé Recio (ESP) Kelme
1986   Indurain, MiguelMiguel Indurain (ESP) Reynolds
1987   Ruiz Cabestany, PelloPello Ruiz Cabestany (ESP) Caja Rural-Seat
1988   Hernández, CarlosCarlos Hernández (ESP) Teka
1989   Alonso, MarinoMarino Alonso (ESP) Teka
1990   Cordes, TomTom Cordes (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991   Villanueva, José LuisJosé Luis Villanueva (ESP) ONCE
1992   Mejia, AlvaroÁlvaro Mejía (COL) Postobón
1993   Galarreta, CarlosCarlos Galarreta (ESP) Deportpublic
1994   Mauri, MelchorMelchor Mauri (ESP) Banesto
1995   Baffi, AdrianoAdriano Baffi (ITA) Mapei-GB
1996   Mauri, MelchorMelchor Mauri (ESP) ONCE
1997   Domínguez, Juan CarlosJuan Carlos Domínguez (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
1998   Elli, AlbertoAlberto Elli (ITA) Casino–Ag2r
1999   Pantani, MarcoMarco Pantani (ITA) Mercatone Uno–Bianchi
2000   Cañada, DavidDavid Cañada (ESP) ONCE–Deutsche Bank
2001   González, AitorAitor González (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2002   Peña, Victor HugoVíctor Hugo Peña (COL) U.S. Postal Service
2003   Pascual Llorente, JavierJavier Pascual Llorente (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2004   Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme
2005   Gil, KoldoKoldo Gil (ESP) Liberty Seguros–Würth
2006   Gutiérrez, José IvánJosé Iván Gutiérrez[6] (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne–Illes Balears
2007   Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2008   Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2009   Menchov, DenisDenis Menchov (RUS) Rabobank
2010   Raboň, FrantišekFrantišek Raboň (CZE) Team HTC–Columbia
2011   Coppel, JérômeJérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun
2012   Quintana, NairoNairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team
2013   Navarro, DanielDaniel Navarro (ESP) Cofidis
2014   Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2015   Taaramäe, ReinRein Taaramäe (EST) Astana
2016   Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team
2017   Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team

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. ^ "2012 UCI Road Calendar". Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  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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