33rd Vuelta a Espana 1978

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Hinault's First Grand Tour Victory

Young Frenchman Bernard Hinault started the 1978 Vuelta a Espana with a star-studded list of race victories on his palmares. He came to Spain as preparation for his first Tour de France. 

Hinault took control of the race on the Prologue Time Trail, winning the race’s first Maillot Amarillo (race leader’s Golden Jersey). He did lose the race lead on stage 3 to Belgian sprinter Ferdi Van den Haute but regained to Golden Jersey with two stage wins, stage 11b individual time trial and on the four Col climbing stage 12.

The dominate frenchman did not face a serious challenges for theremainder of the race and rode into the finish in San Sebastian for his first Grand Tour victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: Spain was in the middle of the transition to democracy and going through a very difficult political time. As a result the last stage had to be cancelled due to riots, barricades and several obstacles which were placed to stop the the race.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Gijon, 8.6 km ITT Bernard Hinault (Fra) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 1 Gijon-Gijon, 144 km Adrianus Schipper (Ned) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 2 Gijon-Cangas de Onis, 94 km Enrique Cima (Spa) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 3 Cangas de Onis-Leon, 187 km Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)  Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 4 Leon-Valladolid, 171 km Patrick Lefevere (Bel) Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 5 Valladolid-Avila, 136 km Willy Teirlinck (Bel) Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 6 Torrelaguna-Torrejon de Ardoz, 46 km Alfons Van Katwijk (Ned) Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 7 Torrejon de Ardoz-Cuenca, 160 km Domingo Perurena (Spa) Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 8 Cuenca-Benicassim, 249 km Alfons Van Katwijk (Ned) Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 9 Benicassim-Tortosa, 156 km Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)  Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 10 Tortosa-Calafell, 201 km Willy Teirlinck (Bel) Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 11a Calafell-Barcelona, 67 km Javier Javier Elorriaga (Spa)  Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 11b Barcelona, 3.8 km ITT Bernard Hinault (Fra) Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
Stage 12 Barcelona-La Tossa de Montbu, 205 km Bernard Hinault (Fra) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 13 Igualada-Jaca, 243 km Salvatore Maccali (Ita) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 14 Jaca-Logrono, 219 km Bernard Hinault (Fra) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 15 Logrono-Miranda de Ebro, 131 km Jean-Philippe Vandenbrande (Bel)  Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 16 Mir. Ebro-Sant.d.l.Bien Aparecida, 208 km Vicente Belda (Spa) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 17 Ampuero-Bilbao, 123 km Enrique Cima (Spa) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 18 Bilbao-Amurrio, 154 km Bernard Hinault (Fra) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 19 Amurio-San Sebastian, 84 km Domingo Perurena (Spa) Bernard Hinault (Fra)
Stage 20 San Sebastian-San Sebastian, ITT
Stage Canceled Political Protests
Bernard Hinault (Fra)
BEST CLIMBER PRIZE
Andres Oliva (Spa) 
POINT'S COMPETITION
Ferdi Van Den Haute (Bel) 


VaE April 25 - May 14, 1978
2,990.4 km

1. Bernard HINAULT (Fra) 85h24'14"

2. Jose Pesarrodona (Spa)+ 3'02"

3. J-R Bernaudeau (Fra)+ 3'47"

Starters: 99
Finishers: 64
Average Speed: 35.014 km/h

VaE 1977

VaE 1979

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