25th Vuelta a Espana 1970

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

New Spanish Champion Blossoms

The Vuelta a Espana celebrated its 25th anniversary in grand style. Spain's new champion Luis Ocaña, who was second in 1969, came to the start in Cadiz with great fitness. His battle with Agustin Tamames would remain unresolved into the final individual time trial on stage 19b.

The race started this year with a first ever Prologue time trial. The 6 km course around the streets of Cadiz was won by Ocaña. The Spaniard did surrender the Amarillo Jersey the following stage to Dutchman Rene Pinen, who held the race lead until an exciting stage 9.

On the 189 km stage 9 route from Barcelona to Igualada Ocaña attacked the climb of the Montserrat 28 km from the finish. Only Agustin Tamames was able to stay with Ocaña's attack. The mountain points were won by Ocaña, who grabbed the 10 second bonus. The race leader Pinan crossed the summit over 2 minutes behind. Flying down the descent a small group joined the 2 leader as the breakaway cruised into Igualada. Tamames won the stage with Ocaña taking the Amarillo Jersey only 9 second ahead of closest rival Agustin Tamames.

The slim race lead held until stage 13. On the climb of the Somosierra Agustin Tamames made his bid for the race lead. At the summit of the climb Tamames won the 10 second bonus and became the “race leader on the road”. His Werner team covered all attacks and defended Tamames' 1 second lead. They delivered Tamames to Soria and the Amarillo Jersey.

After gaining several small time bonuses Tamames' race lead was put to the test on stage 17 from Santander to Vitoria . Over the summit of the Orduña the hard working Werner team brought back a solo Andres Gandarias, when a group of 6 riders including Ocaña escaped the peloton just 25 km from the finish. Tamames was losing the Vuelta, when he launched a huge effort and rejoined the breakaway on the outskirts of Vitoria . The Amarillo Jersey was saved, but the penultimate final stage time trial was only 2 day away.

The final saga of the great 1970 battle between Agustin Tamames and young Luis Ocaña played out on the 29 km road from Llodio to Bilbao . The individual time trial would decide the victor. As predicted Luis Ocaña dominated the stage, winning by 1'01” over second placed Jesus Manzaneque and 1'15” over race leader Agustin Tamames. A disappointed Tamames fell to second place in the Overall Classification, but held a solid lead in the Mountain Classification.

Luis Ocaña claimed his first victory in one of the three Grand National Tours and Spain celebrated their new Spanish Champion.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Cadiz , 6 km ITT

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Stage 1 Cadiz-Jerez de la Frontera, 170 km

Eddy Peelman (Bel)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 2 Jerez de la Frontera-Fuengirola, 217 km

Julian Cuevas (Spa)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 3 Fuengirola-Almeria, 249 km

Guido Reybroeck (Bel)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 4 Almeria-Lorca, 161 km

Jean Ronsmans (Bel)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 5 Lorca-Calpe, 209 km

Luis-Pedro Santamarina (Spa)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 6 Calpe-Burriana, 198 km

Eddy Peelman (Bel)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 7 Burriana-Tarragona, 201 km

Guido Reybrouck (Bel)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 8a Tarragona-Barcelona, 100 km

Ramon Saez (Spa)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 8b Barcelona/Montjuich, 48 km

Guido Reybrouck (Bel)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 9 Barcelona-Igualada, 189 km

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Stage 10 Igualada-Zaragoza, 237 km

Anatole Novak (Fra)

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Stage 11 Zaragoza-Calatayud, 118 km

Marinus Wagtmans (Hol)

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Stage 12 Calatayud-Madrid, 204 km

Johnny Schleck (Lux)

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Stage 13 Madrid-Soria, 221 km

Marinus Wagtmans (Hol)

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Stage 14 Soria-Valladolid, 238 km

Jan Serpenti (Hol)

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Stage 15 Valladolid-Burgos, 134 km

Ramon Saez (Spa)

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Stage 16 Burgos-Santander, 179 km

Roger Rosiers (Bel)

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Stage 17 Santander-Vitoria, 191 km

Willy In't Ven (Bel)

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Stage 18 Vitoria-San Sebastian, 157 km

Jose-Maria Errandonea (Spa)

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Stage 19a San Sebastian-Llodio, 104 km

Jos Van der Vleuten (Hol)

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Stage 19b Llodio-Bilbao, 29 km ITT

Luis Ocana (Spa)

Luis Ocana (Spa)

 

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Agustin Tamames (Spa)
 

POINT'S COMPETITION

Guido Reybrouck (Bel)


VaE April 23 - May 12, 1970
3,560 km

1. Luis OCANA (Spa) 89h57'12"

2. Agustin Tamames (Spa) +1'18"

3. Herman Van Springel (Bel) +1'27"

Starters: 109
Finishers: 59
Average Speed: 39.831 km/h

 

 

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