35th Vuelta a Espana 1980

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Ruperez and a Little Help from his Friends

After Italian Roberto Visentini won the prologue time trial Irish man Sean Kelly won the first two flat stages, Faustino Rupérez was the winner in the first mountainous stage to Seo de Urgel. The race leader’s Maillot Amarillo transferred to Rupérez.

Rupérez had his race lead challenged on the penultimate stage 18 across Sierra Madrileña. Second placed in the General Classification Kelme’s Pedro Torres attacked on the climb to Puerto de la Morcuera. Rupérez could not answer the attack. As valuable time was being lost Zor-Vereco teammates Miguel Mari Lasa, Juan Fernandez and Angel Arroyo paced the struggling leader back to the lead breakaway. The Maillot Amarillo was saved.

One stage later Faustino Rupérez rode into Madrid to claim the 1980 Vuelta a Espana victory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue La Manga, 10 km ITT

Roberto Visentini (Ita)

Roberto Visentini (Ita)

Stage 1 La Manga-Benidorm, 155 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Roberto Visentini (Ita)

Stage 2 Benidorm-Cullera, 170 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Roberto Visentini (Ita)

Stage 3 Cullera-Vinaroz, 207 km

Giuseppe Martinelli (Ita)

Roberto Visentini (Ita)

Stage 4 Vinaroz-San Quirce, 214 km

Klaus-Peter Thaler (Ger)

Roberto Visentini (Ita)

Stage 5 San Quirze-Seo de Urgel, 200 km

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 6 Seo de Urgel-Viella, 131 km

Enrique Martinez-Heredia (Spa)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 7 Viella-Jaca, 216 km

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 8 Monasterio de Leyre-Logrono, 160 km

Eulalio Garcia (Spa)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 9 Logrono-Burgos, 138 km

Jos Lammertink (Ned)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 10 Burgos-Santander, 178 km

Paul Jesson (Nzl)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 11 Santander-Gijon, 219 km

Jesus Lopez-Carril (Spa)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 12 Santiago de Compostela-Pontvdra, 133 km

Etienne De Wilde (Bel)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 13 Pontevedra-Vigo, 195 km

Rolf Haller (Ger)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 14 Vigo-Orense, 156 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 15 Orense-Ponferrada, 164 km

Javier Elorriaga (Spa)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 16a Ponferrada-Leon, 131 km

Dominique Arnaud (Fra)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 16b Leon-Leon, 22.8 km

Roberto Visentini (Ita)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 17 Leon-Valladolid, 138 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 18 Vallad.-Los Angeles de San Rafael, 197 km

Manuel Esparza (Spa)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

Stage 19 Madrid-Madrid, 84 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Faustino Ruperez (Spa)

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE
Juan Fernandez (Spa) 
POINT'S COMPETITION
Sean Kelly (Ire)


VaE April 22 - May 11, 1980
3,216.8 km

1. Faustino RUPEREZ (Spa) 88h23'21"

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

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

Starters: 110
Finishers: 63
Average Speed: 36.393 km/h

VaE 1979

VaE 1981

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