27th Vuelta a Espana 1972

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Team KAS Totally Dominates the Vuelta

At the start of the 27th edition of the Vuelta a Espana in April, 1972, Spanish team KAS entered in great form.  Superior climber José Manuel "El Tarangu" Fuente out distanced his teammate Miguel Mari Lasa by more than 6 minutes and gained the prestigious Vuelta victory.

As the best climber in the race, the rider from Asturias gained his victory on the mountainous twelfth stage, which was 169 kilometers long between Zaragoza and Formigal.  At the start of Zaragoza, he trailed teammate and race leader Domingo Perurena by 2'21".  Perurena was not considered a potential winner of the race.

Team Werner’s Jose “Pepe” Grande broke away from the peloton early in the stage.  Doing his team duty in support of Perurena, "El Tarangu" bridged the gap and latched on to Grande’s wheel. Throughout the breakaway Fuente did not contribute to the pace.  However the two-rider breakaway soon gained a 4’45” advantage.  The passive riding of the peloton contributed to the breakaway’s success.  Team KAS, whose members were supporting Fuente, did not aid in the chase.

Fuente broke away from a fading Grande halfway up the climb of the Puerto de Monrepos. He crested the summit of the climb on his own and plunged off the mountain, taking several risks in the descent.  "El Tarangu" completed a sensational performance on the ascent into Formigal.  He arrived solo 6’37” ahead of second place and nearly nine minute ahead of the contenders in the peloton.  This year’s winner of “La Vuelta” had been decided.

When the Vuelta arrive at the finish in San Sebastian Team KAS’s dominance was evident.  José Manuel Fuente took the overall victory, as well as the Grand Prix of the Mountain.  His KAS team was the winner of the Team Classification and Domingo Perurena took the Points Classification.  In addition six KAS riders finished in the top eight of the General Classification.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Fuengirola, 6 km ITT

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 1 Fuengirola-Cabra, 167 km

Miguel-Maria Lasa (Spa)

Rene Pijnen (Hol)

Stage 2 Cabra-Granada, 206 km

Gerard Vianen (Hol)

Miguel Maria Lasa (Spa)

Stage 3 Granada-Almeria, 181 km

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Miguel Maria Lasa (Spa)

Stg 4 Almeria-Dehesa de Campoamor, 251 km

Ger Harings (Hol)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 5 Dehesa Campoamor-Gandia, 183 km

Pieter Nassen (Hol)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 6a Gandia-El Saler, 120 km

Roger Kindt (Bel)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 6b El Saler-El Saler, 6.5 km TTT

KAS

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 7 Valencia-Vinaroz, 181 km

Jos Van der Vleuten (Hol)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 8 Vinaroz-Tarragona, 189 km

Cees Koeken (Hol)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 9a Tarragona-Barcelona, 118 km

Gert Harings (Hol)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 9b Barcelona/Montjuich, 10 km ITT

Jesus Manzaneque (Spa)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 10 Barcelona-Banolas, 192 km

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 11 Manresa-Zaragoza, 259 km

Luis Balague (Spa)

Domingo Perurena (Spa)

Stage 12 Zaragoza-Formigal, 169 km

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 13 Sanguesa-Arrate, 201 km

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 14 Eibar-Bilbao, 145 km

Miguel-Maria Lasa (Spa)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 15 Bilbao-Torrelavega, 148 km

Gerard Vianen (Hol)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 16 Torrelavega-Vitoria, 219 km

Agustin Tamames (Spa)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 17a Vitoria-San Sebastian, 138 km

Jesus Aranzabal (Spa)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 17b San Sebastian, 20 km ITT

J-A Gonzalez-Linares (Spa)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

 

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)
 

POINT'S COMPETITION

Domingo Perurena (Spa)


VaE April 27 - May 14, 1972
3,109.5 km

1. Jose-Manuel FUENTE (Spa) 82h34'14"

2. Miguel-Maria Lasa (Spa) +6'34"

3. Agustin Tamames (Spa) +7'00"

Starters: 100
Finishers: 57
Average Speed: 37.764 km/h

 

 

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