7th Vuelta a Espana 1947

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgian Flatlander Time Trials to Victory

Europe was gradually recovering from the WW2 but Spain remained politically isolated. In an effort to discard the political perceptions, the 1947 Vuelta a Espana sought and warmly welcomed the marquee cycling stars of Europe.

The first major test in 1947 came on stage 11 from San Sebastian to Bilbao . Climber Julian Berrendero attacked the peloton on the Puerto de Urkiola, but the decisive breakaway did not escape until the Puerto de Sollube. Martin Mancisidor led Pedro Font, Felix Adriano, and talented Manuel Costa over the summit and into the finish in Bilboa. Adriano won the breakaway sprint in front of Costa and Mancisidor. The General Classification tightened as the breakaway gained 2 minutes on overall leader Delio Rodriguez and 8 minutes on Belgian Edouard Van Dyck.

Again on stage 12 from Bilbao to Santander , Manuel Costa aggressively formed a breakaway group and finished over 8 minutes in front of the race leader . After the finish in Santender, penalties to the leaders abounded. Rodriguez was penalized an additional 10 minutes for hanging onto a vehicle, and Costa was penalized 2 minute time for an illegal bike change. Went the numbers were calculated Costa did manage to take the race lead.

The hard mountains behind them the race headed to the flatter terrain and the 2 crucial time trial stages. The first “race of truth” came on stage 16b from Luarca to Ribadeo. Powerful Belgian Edouard Van Dyck made up 2'06” of his 2'21” deficit to Costa in the overall classification. The race had 8 stages to go and the excitement was building.

The ultimate showdown came on the Stage 22 individual time trial. Again the Belgian powered his way to the stage win, gaining over 4 minutes on the race leader Costa. This margin proved to be enough and Edouard Van Dyck rode into the finish at Madrid 's Metropolitan Stadium for the grand Vuelta a Espana victory. The huge crown of 50,000 people show great respect for the valiant effort of Spanish hero Manuel Costa and offered him a resounding ovation.

SPECIAL NOTE: Delio Rodriguez added to his record number of stage wins with 7 more stages. His brother Emilio Rodriguez won the climbing classification for the second time.

Stage and Distance Stage Winner Race Leader

Stage 1 Madrid-Albacete, 243 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 2 Albacete-Murcia, 146 km

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 3 Murcia-Alcoy, 135 km

Julian Berrendero (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 4 Alcoy-Castellon, 175 km

Adolphe Deledda (Ita)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 5 Castellon-Tarragona, 222 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 6 Tarragona-Barcelona, 119 km

Cipriano Aguirrezabal (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 7 Barcelona-Lerida, 162 km

Cipriano Aguirrezabal (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 8 Lerida-Zaragoza, 144 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 9 Zaragoza-Pamplona, 176 km

Felix Adriano (Ita)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 10 Pamplona-San Sebastian, 107 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 11 San Sebastian-Bilbao, 229 km

Felix Adriano (Ita)

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 12 Bilbao-Santander, 212 km

Felix Adriano (Ita)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 13 Santander-Reinosa, 201 km

Joaquin Jimenez (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 14 Reinosa-Gijon, 204 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 15 Gijon-Oviedo, 105 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 16a Oviedo-Luarca, 101 km

Bruno Bertolucci (Ita)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 16b Luarca-Ribadeo, 70 km ITT

Edouard Van Dyck (Bel)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 17 Ribadeo-El Ferrol, 159 km

Senen Mesa (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 18 El Ferrol-La Coruna, 70 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 19 La Coruna-Vigo, 180 km

Alejandro Fombellida (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 20 Vigo-Orense, 105 km

Felix Adriano (Ita)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 21 Orense-Astorga, 228 km

Alejandro Fombellida (Spa)

Manuel Costa (Spa)

Stage 22 Astorga-Leon, 47 km ITT

Edouard Van Dyck (Bel)

Edouard Van Dyck (Bel)

Stage 23 Leon-Valladolid, 133 km

Delio Rodriguez (Spa)

Edouard Van Dyck (Bel)

Stage 24 Valladolid-Madrid, 220 km

Joaquim Olmos (Spa)

Edouard Van Dyck (Bel)

 
Mountain Prize
Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

 

VaE May 12 - June 5, 1947
3,893 Km

1. Edouard VAN DYCK (Bel) 132h27'00"

2. Manuel Costa (Spa) +2'14"

3. Delio Rodriguez (Spa) +11'04"

Starters: 47
Finishers: 27
Average Speed: 28.825 km/h

 

 

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