24th Vuelta a Espana 1969

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

We Lost the Vuelta but Found a Champion

The 1969 Vuelta a Espana witnessed the beginning of a grand professional career of Luis Ocaña. The rider from Cuenca finished second place in the Overall Standings a year ago, but the effort evoked memories of the great Federico Bahamontes. Spaniards had found a new International Champion.

The race started with a split stage 1. A short 6.4 km individual time trial was designed to establish a clear race leader and Amarillo Jersey wearer. After two great effort the race was tied at 7'41” and two, Luis Ocaña and Carlos Gomes del Moral, race leaders were declared. The issue was decided on the second race of the day, stage 1b, when Michael Wright of Great Britain won the stage and moved into the Amarillo Jersey.

SPECIAL NOTE - sadly co-leader on stage 1a Carlos Gomes del Moral abandoned upon news of the death of him mother and father on the same weekend.

A brutal stage 12 featured five major climbs and 151 kms of racing. One by one the mountain passes clicked off and the peloton dwindled. The war of attrition found Roger Pingeon and Luis Ocaña alone with 20 km to go. Through rain, snow, and cold wind Pingeon opened a gap on Ocaña. At the finish in Moya Pingeon had a 3'27” lead on Ocaña and the Amarillo Jersey was his.

The valiant Spaniard mounted his comeback on the two remaining individual time trials. He won the first on stage 16 and gained 1'14” with time bonuses. The final stage into Bilboa, a 29 km ITT, saw Ocana win the stage again, but trailing by 3'48” going into the stage, he came up 1'54” short of the 1969 Vuelta winner Roger Pingeon.

The Frenchman was the winner but Luis Ocaña captured the attention of Spain . His aggressive attacking style kept Spanish fans glued to the daily results. Spain had found a new Champion.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1a Badajoz-Badajoz, 6.5 km ITT

Ocana (Spa) & Gomez-Moral (Spa)

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Stage 1b Badajoz-Badajoz, 246 km

Michael Wright (GBr)

Michael Wright (GBr)

Stage 2 Badajoz-Caceres, 135 km

Felice Salina (Ita)

Michael Wright (GBr)

Stage 3 Caceres-Talavera de la Reina, 190 km

Luigi Sgarbozza (Ita)

Luigi Sgarbozza (Ita)

Stage 4 Talavera de la Reina-Madrid, 124 km

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Luigi Sgarbozza (Ita)

Stage 5 Madrid-Alcazar de San Juan , 162 km

Raymond Steegmans (Bel)

Luigi Sgarbozza (Ita)

Stage 6 Alcazar San Juan-Almansa, 231 km

Edouard Sels (Bel)

Raymond Steegmans (Bel)

Stage 7 Almansa-Nules, 233 km

Ramon Saez (Spa)

Raymond Steegmans (Bel)

Stage 8 Nules-Benicasim, 199 km

Ramon Saez (Spa)

Raymond Steegmans (Bel)

Stage 9 Benicasim-Reus, 169 km

J-M Lopez-Rodriguez (Spa)

Ramon Saez (Spa)

Stage 10 Reus-Barcelona, 146 km

Manuel Martin-Pinera (Spa)

Ramon Saez (Spa)

Stg 11 Barcelona-San Feliu de Guixols, 118 km

Nemesio Jimenez (Spa)

Ramon Saez (Spa)

Stage 12 San Feliu-Moya, 151 km

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Stage 13 Moya-Barbastro, 229 km

Michael Wright (GBr)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Stage 14a Barbastro-Zaragoza, 125 km

Raymond Steegmans (Bel)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Stage 14b Zaragoza-Zaragoza, 4 km ITT

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Stage 15 Zaragoza-Pamplona, 176 km

Mariano Diaz (Spa)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Stage 16 Irun-San Sebastian, 25 km ITT

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Stage 17 San Sebastian-Vitoria, 129 km

Gregorio San Miguel (Spa)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Stage 18a Vitoria-Llodio, 76 km

Ercole Gualazzini (Ita)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

Stage 18b Llodio-Bilbao, 29 km ITT

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Roger Pingeon (Fra)

    Luis Ocana (Spa)
    Raymond Steegmans (Bel)


VaE April 23 - May 11, 1969
2,903.5 km

1. Roger PINGEON (Fra) 73h18'45"

2. Luis Ocana (Spa) +1'54"

3. Marinus Wagtmans (Hol) +5'10"

Starters: 100
Finishers: 68
Average Speed: 39.611 km/h

 

 

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