34th Vuelta a Espana 1979

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Luis Puig and Unipublic Save the Vuelta

SPECIAL NOTE: In 1979 financial problems again pledged the Vuelta a Espana. Major sponsor El Correo Español-Pueblo Vasco was ending the promotion of the race. Luis Puig, president of the Federación Española de Ciclismo, saved the Vuelta by achieving an agreement with Unipublic to promote the race.

Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk took the first lead of the race winning the prologue in Jerez de la Frontera. After giving the lead to his teammate Christian Levavasseur, Zoetemelk regained the leader’s Maillot Amarillo on the Stage 13 climb of the Alto de Peña Cabarga. Joop Zoetemelk would not be challenge over the final 6 stages.

SPECIAL NOTE: The riders staged a protest on the “double-section” stage 16 a & b stating that the racing was too hard. They rode the stage at a very slow pace.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Jerez de la Frontera, 6.3 km ITT

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 1 Jerez de la Frontera-Sevilla, 156 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 2 Sevilla-Cordoba, 188 km

Alfons De Wolf (Bel)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 3 Cordoba-Sierra Nevada, 190 km

Felipe Yanez (Spa)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 4 Granada-Puerto Lumbreras, 222 km

Roger De Cnijf (Bel)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 5 Puerta Lombreras-Murcia, 139 km

Juan Argudo (Spa)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 6 Murcia-Alcoy, 171 km

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Stage 7 Alcoy-Sedavi, 173 km

Fons De Wolf (Bel)

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Stage 8a Sedavi-Benicassim, 145 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Stage 8b Benicassim, 11.3 km ITT

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Stage 9 Benicassim-Reus, 193 km

Fons De Wolf (Bel)

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Stage 10 Reus-Zaragoza, 230 km

Noel De Jonckheere (Bel)

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Stage 11 Zaragoza-Pamplona, 183 km

Noel De Jonckheere (Bel)

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Stage 12 Pamplona-Logrono, 149 km

Frans Van Vlierberghe (Bel)

Christian Levavasseur (Fra)

Stage 13 Logrono-Santander, 180 km

Angel Lopez del Alamo (Spa)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 14 Torrelavega-Gijon, 178 km

Bernardo Alfonsel (Spa)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 15 Gijon-Leon, 156 km

Lucien Van Impe (Bel)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 16a Leon-Vallodolid, 134 km

Adri Van Houwelingen (Ned)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 16b Valladolid, 22 km ITT

Fons De Wolf (Bel)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 17 Valladolid-Avila, 204 km

Francisco Albelda (Spa)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 18a Avila-Colmenar Viejo, 155 km

Miguel-Maria Lasa (Spa)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 18b Colm. Viejo-Azuqueca Henares, 104 km

Cees Bal (Ned)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 19 Circuito Madrid, 84 km

Fons De Wolf (Bel)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE
Felipe Yanez (Spa) 
POINT'S COMPETITION
Fons de Wolf (Bel) 


VaE April 24 - May 13, 1979
3,373.6 km

1. Joop ZOETEMELK (Ned) 94h57'03"

2. Francisco Galdos (Spa)+ 2'43"

3. Michel Pollentier (Bel)+ 3'21"

Starters: 90
Finishers: 73
Average Speed: 35.529 km/h

VaE 1978

VaE 1980

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