6th Vuelta a Espana 1946

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreigners Begin to Return

The 6th edition of the Vuelta a Espana in 1946 saw Europe struggling to recover from the devastation of World War 2. Last year's Vuelta was a totally Iberian competition without the participation of the great foreign riders, but this year welcomed the return of foreign riders.

The Spanish roads were so bad that riders suffered numerous punctures and precious time loses. Dalmacio Langarica slowly chipped away at the race lead of Manuel Costa and provided major excitement on the 215 km stage 12 from Tortosa to Barcelona . A breakaway of 5 riders started by Langarica included Costa. Mid-way through the stage, bad road conditions caused the aggressive Langarica problems. A puncture slowed his effort and repairs took almost 3 minutes. Undaunted Langarica remounted and launched an all out solo chase. He regained the breakaway group and displayed his great fitness with a stage win in Montjuich.

The race began to unravel for Manuel Costa on stage 16. The race leader experienced a terrible succession of events. Langarica and Costa climbed the Urkiola together in company of the Swiss rider Georges Aeschlimann, Emilio Rodriguez (Spa), and Bernardo Ruiz (Spa). Suddenly Costa broke a wheel. Quickly Costa reacted and committed a fatal error. Rather than waiting for the team car he exchanged bikes with teammate Joaquim Olmos. The exchange was illegal and Costa is assessed a 10 minute penalty. At the finish in Bilbao Langarica gains his 3rd stage win with race leader Costa losing another 3'59. Costa retains his overall lead but only by 1'40 over the hard charging Langarica.

The penultimate stage came on the tough 110 km stage 18 from Santander to Reinosa. A decisive move by Langarica and Emilio Rodriguez came on the Col de Castillo Pedroso. Slowly Costa's downward spiral continued. At the finish in Reinosa Costa's time deficit is 4'09 to Langarica, who gained the race lead.

Dalmacio Langarica´s excellent level of fitness allowed him to comeback from a large time deficit and gain the lead in the overall classification. He arrived in Madrid as the 1946 Vuelta a Espana champion.

SPECIAL NOTE: Delio Rodriguez achieved five more stage wins and increased his record number of stage wins to 31.

Stage and Distance Stage Winner Race Leader

Stage 1 Madrid-Salamanca, 212 km

Joaquim Olmos (Spa)

Joaquim Olmos (Spa)

Stage 2 Salamanca-Bejar, 73 km ITT

Miguel Gual (Spa)

Antonio Martin (Spa)

Stage 3 Bejar-Caceres, 141 km

Antonio Andres-Sancho (Spa)

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Stage 4 Caceres-Badajoz, 132 km

Ignacio Orbaiceta (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 5 Badajoz-Sevilla, 218 km

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 6 Sevilla-Granada, 251 km

Jan Lambrichts (Ned)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 7 Granada-Baza, 107 km

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 8 Baza-Murcia, 178 km

Joao Lourenco (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 9 Murcia-Valencia, 264 km

Alejandro Fombellida (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 10 Valencia-Castellon, 67 km TTT

Jan Lambrichts (Ned)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 11 Castellon-Tortosa, 123 km

Alejandro Fombellida (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 12 Tortosa-Barcelona, 215 km

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 13 Barcelona-Lerida, 162 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 14 Lerida-Zaragoza, 144 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 15 Zaragoza-San Sebastian, 276 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 16 San Sebastian-Bilbao, 207 km

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 17 Bilbao-Santander, 226 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 18 Santander-Reinosa, 110 km

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Stage 19 Reinosa-Gijon, 204 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Stage 20 Gijon-Oviedo, 53 km ITT

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Stage 21 Oviedo-Leon, 119 km

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Stage 22 Leon-Valladolid, 134 km

Alejandro Fombellida (Spa)

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Stage 23 Valladolid-Madrid, 200 km

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)

Mountain Prize
Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

 

VaE May 7 - May 30, 1946
3,816 Km

1. Dalmacio LANGARICA (Spa) 137h10'38"

2. Julian Berrendero (Spa) +17'32"

3. Jan Lambrichts (Ned) +23'54"

Starters: 48
Finishers: 29
Average Speed: 27.701 km/h

 

 

Return to the Timeline Table of Contents x x Race Snippets

 
       
         
         
   


All materials are property of CyclingRevealed and Copyright © 2012
unless otherwise noted

Advertising Information | Contact Us
-