4th Vuelta a Espana 1942

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berrendero Start to Finish!

Times were hard and WW2 still raged north of the Pyrenees Mountains. Spaniard Julian Berrendero achieved his second Vuelta a Espana victory and proved he was the best Spanish rider of the early 40s.

Clearly in great form, Berrendero along with Antonio-Andres Sancho devastate the field, breaking away from the peloton and winning stage one. The pair gained 5'25 on third place Georges Munier (Fra), 19'04 on contenders Joaquim Olmos (Spa) and Ciprino Elys (Spa), and 30'29 to most of the peloton. Spanish stars Fermin Trueba and Dante Gianello abandoned on the first stage.

Breakaways of lower placed were allowed to escape the peloton, but Berrendero and Sancho maintained their advantage. The only remaining question was which of the two would gain time on the other. The penultimate stage 10 from Urdiales to Santander provided the answer. Over the Col d'Ason race leader Berrendero matches the attack of Italian Pierre Bramillia, then left the Italian alone for 134 km to gain the stage win. He gained another 12'50 on second placed Sancho and the Vuelta is decided. Berrendero rolled into Madrid for his second consecutive Vuelta a Espana victory. Berrendero's superiority was so great that he also earned the victory in the Climbing Classification.

The people of Madrid were aware of the overwhelming superiority of Berrendero and welcomed him as their hero when the race finished in Madrid. A 100.000 people gathered in Casa de Campo to watch the finish of this grand event.

SPECIAL NOTE: Spanish supersprinter Delio Rodriguez earned 8 stage wins in 1942, putting his total stage wins at 20.

Stage and Distance Stage Winner Race Leader

Stage 1 Madrid-Albacete, 245 km

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 2 Albacete-Murcia, 160 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 3 Murcia-Valencia, 248 km

Jose Jabardo (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 4 Valencia-Tarragona, 278 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 5 Tarragona-Barcelona, 120 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 6 Barcelona-Huesca, 279 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 7 Huesca-San Sebastian, 305 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 8 San Sebastian-Bilbao, 160 km

Rene Vietto (Fra)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 9 Bilbao-Castro Urdiales, 53 km ITT

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 10 Castro Urdiales- Santander , 151 km

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 11 Santander-Reinosa, 120 km

Pierre Brambilla (Ita)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 12 Reinosa-Gijon, 199 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 13 Gijon-Oviedo, 75 km

Louis Thietard (Fra)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 14 Oviedo-Luarca, 129 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 15 Luarca-La Coruna, 219 km

Louis Thietard (Fra)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 16a La Coruna-Santiago, 63 km ITT

Antonio Sancho (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 16b Santiago-Vigo, 110 km

Rene Vietto (Fra)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 17 Vigo-Ponferrada, 270 km

Joaquin Olmos (Spa)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 18 Ponferrada-Salamanca, 251 km

Celestino Camilla (Ita)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Stage 19 Salamanca-Madrid, 248 km

Celestino Camilla (Ita)

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

 
Mountain Prize
Julian Berrendero (Spa)

 

VaE June 30 - July 19, 1942
3,683 Km

1. Julian BERRENDERO (Spa) 134h05'09"

2. Diego Chafer (Spa) +8'38"

3. Antonio-Andres Sancho (Spa) +13'12"

Starters: 40
Finishers: 18
Average Speed: 27.505 km/h

 

 

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