15th Vuelta a Espana 1960

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Bahamontes Tantrum, Belgian Wins

As much as the 1959 Vuelta a Espana provided great racing excitement, the 1960 edition achieved great disappointment. All eyes were on Federico Bahamontes, the first Spanish winner of the Tour de France (1959). A hero in Spain, Bahamontes would be in the center of controversy and shameful behavior.

There was solid racing and a constant change at the head of the race until the 14th stage. The penultimate stage from San Sebastian to Vitoria saw a struggling climber Charly Gaul (Lux) abandon the race and the controversial disqualification of Bahamontes' main lieutenant Julian San Emeterio. San Emeterio finished the stage outside the time limit and the race officials put him out of the Vuelta. An angry Bahamontes threatened race officials his own withdrawal. The race referee San Roman and director Luis Bergareche told Bahamontes “abandon if you must, but I do not accept blackmail and I will report everything to the Federación." With only 38 riders left in the Vuelta the Spanish star relented and remained in the race.

But that was not the end of the controversy, on the next stage Bahamontes began hitting a man with his bicycle pump for hurling insults at the Spanish star. Bahamontes finished the stage an hour and a half behind stage winner Arthur De Cabooter (Bel). Bahamontes abandoned the race claiming an attack of appendicitis (?).

Overshadowed by Bahamontes' behavior Belgian Franz De Mulder rode a superior race and took the race lead on stage 16 with a stage win. De Mulder took another stage win in Guernica, while his teammate and race leader Armand Desmet lost fifteen minutes.

The Belgian rode into Bilboa to complete a beautiful race despite the pains suffered by the stars of the race.

Stage and Distance Stage Winner Race Leader

Stage 1 Gijon-Gijon, 8 km TTT

FAEMA

Eusebio Velez (Spa)

Stage 2 Gijon-La Coruna, 235 km

Felipe Alberdi (Spa)

Felipe Alberdi (Spa)

Stage 3 La Coruna-Vigo, 187 km

Antonio Barrutia (Spa)

Antonio Barrutia (Spa)

Stage 4 Vigo-Orense, 105 km

Franz De Mulder (Bel)

Antonio Barrutia (Spa)

Stage 5 Orense-Zamora, 287 km

Antonio Gomez del Moral (Spa)

Jesus Galdeano (Spa)

Stage 6 Zamora-Madrid, 250 km

Nino Assirelli (Ita)

Fernando Manzaneque (Spa)

Stage 7 Madrid-Madrid, 209 km

Franz De Mulder (Bel)

Fernando Manzaneque (Spa)

Stage 8 Madrid-Zaragoza, 264 km

Arthur De Cabooter (Bel)

Fernando Manzaneque (Spa)

Stage 9 Zaragoza-Barcelona, 269 km

Salvador Botella (Spa)

Franz De Mulder (Bel)

Stage 10 Tarrasa-Barbastro, 240 km

Alphonse Sweeck (Bel)

Armand Desmet (Bel)

Stage 11 Barbastro-Pamplona, 267 km

Vicente Iturat (Spa)

Armand Desmet (Bel)

Stage 12 Pamplona-Logrono, 179 km

Jesus Galdeano (Spa)

Armand Desmet (Bel)

Stage 13 Logrono-San Sebastian, 211 km

Federico Bahamontes (Spa)

Armand Desmet (Bel)

Stage 14 San Sebastian-Vitoria, 263 km

Antonio Suarez (Spa)

Armand Desmet (Bel)

Stage 15 Vitoria-Santander, 232 km

Arthur De Cabooter (Bel)

Armand Desmet (Bel)

Stage 16 Santander-Bilbao, 192 km

Franz De Mulder (Bel)

Franz De Mulder (Bel)

Stage 17a Bilbao-Guernica, 116 km

Franz De Mulder (Bel) (Bel)

Franz De Mulder (Bel)

Stage 17b Guernica-Bilbao, 53 km ITT

Antonio Karmany (Spa)

Franz De Mulder (Bel)

 

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

  Antonio Karmany (Spa)
 

POINT'S COMPETITION

  Arthur De Cabooter (Bel)


VaE April 29 - May 15, 1960
3,567 Km

1. Franz DE MULDER (Bel) 103h05'57"

2. Armand Desmet (Bel) +15'21"

3. Miguel Pacheco (Spa) +19'24"

Starters: 80
Finishers: 24
Average Speed: 34.575 km/h

 

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