13th Vuelta a Espana 1958

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Star Takes Advantage of Spanish Protagonists

The 1958 Vuelta a Espana was thought to be a battle between Spain 's best two riders Federico Bahamontes and his arch rival Jesus Loroño. However, the personal differences existing between them and a questionable decision of their National team director, Luis Puig, opened the door for the foreign riders to gain an easy victory.

The malfunction of the Spanish team and the rivalry between Bahamontes and Loroño clearly appear as early as the 3rd stage. Jean Stablinski (Fra) and Francois Mahé (Fra) escaped and quickly gained valuable time. Realizing the strength of the group Bahamontes bridged up to the breakaway. Feeling slighted Loroño led the chase of Bahamontes. Once together Loroño attacked again with Belgian Hilaire Couvreur, who was 3rd overall. The breakaway succeeded with Pierino Baffi (Ita) winning the stage 13'40” ahead of the peloton. If not for Loroño's effort to get Couvreur into the breakaway Bahamontes would have take the Amarillo Jersey. Another in a long line of ‘passion driven' error committed by the Spanish team.

The very next stage, Zaragoza to Barcelona, Rik Van Looy attacked relentlessly and escaped with Frenchman Jean Stablinski. Bahamontes joined the breakaway but team director Puig made a dubious decision to stop Bahamontes because team leader Loroño had lost several minutes and needed help. The Frenchman and the Belgian took full advantage of the Spanish situation. In Barcelona Van Looy took the stage win 13'53” ahead of Bahamontes and 16'40” ahead of Loroño. Stablinski was the new wearer of the Amarillo Jersey.

Rik Van Looy would take the race lead on stage 9, but several stages later was forced to withdraw due to injury. The withdrawal handed the Vuelta victory to Stablinski. The French rider arrived in Madrid for the overall victory 2'51” in front of Italian Pasquale Fornara and 3'01” on Fernando Manzaneque (Spa).

Stage and Distance Stage Winner Race Leader

Stage 1 Bilbao-San Sebastian, 164 km

Miguel Miguel Pacheco (Spa)

Miguel Pacheco (Spa)

Stage 2 San Sebastian-Pamplona, 150 km

Antonio Jimenez-Quiles (Spa)

Jose Herrero (Spa)

Stage 3 Pamplona-Zaragoza, 245 km

Pierino Baffi (Ita)

Hilaire Couvreur (Bel)

Stage 4 Zaragoza-Barcelona, 229 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Stage 5a Barcelona/Montjuich, 4 km TTT

FRANCE

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Stage 5b Barcelona-Tarragona, 119 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Stage 6 Tarragona-Valencia, 263 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Daan De Groot (Hol)

Stage 7 Valencia-Cuenca, 216 km

Gilbert Desmet (Bel)

Daan De Groot (Hol)

Stage 8 Cuenca-Toledo, 206 km

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Daan De Groot (Hol)

Stage 9 Toledo-Madrid, 241 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Stage 10 Madrid-Soria, 225 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Stage 11 Soria-Vitoria, 167 km

Rene Marigil (Spa)

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Stage 12 Vitoria-Bilbao, 169 km

Fausto Iza (Spa)

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Stage 13a Bilbao-Castro Urdiales, 35 km ITT

Guido Carlesi (Ita)

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Stage 13b Castro Urdiales- Santander , 105 km

Jean Graczyk (Fra)

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Stage 14 Santander-Gijon, 221 km

Pierino Baffi (Ita)

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Stage 15 Oviedo-Palencia, 246 km

Rik Luyten (Bel)

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Stage 16 Palencia-Madrid, 241 km

Rik Luyten (Bel)

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Mountain Prize

Federico Bahamontes (Spa)

Points Competition

Salvador Botella (Spa)

 

VaE April 30 - May 15, 1958
3,246 Km

1. Jean STABLINSKI (Fra) 94h54'21"

2. Pasquale Fornara (Ita) +2'51"

3. Fernando Manzaneque (Spa) +3'01"

Starters: 100
Finishers: 45
Average Speed: 34.202 km/h

 

 

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