36th Vuelta a Espana 1981

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Battaglin Starts a Grand Springtime Double

SPECIAL NOTE: Giovanni Battaglin achieved a very rare spring time “Double Victory” sweeping both the Vuelta a Espana (April 21 to May 10) and the Giro d’Italia (May 13 to June 7) in 1981. With the double victory Battaglin matched the great Eddy Merckx’s 1973 springtime Vuelta/Giro double.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Santander, 6.3 km ITT

Regis Clere (Fra)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 1 Santander-Aviles, 221 km

Guido Bontempi (Ita)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 2 Aviles-Leon, 159 km

Alfredo Chinetti (Ita)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 3 Leon-Salamanca, 195 km

Guido Bontempi (Ita)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 4 Salamanca-Caceres, 206 km

Celestino Prieto (Ita)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 5 Caceres-Merida, 152 km

Heddy Nieuwdorp (Ned)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 6 Merida-Sevilla, 199 km

Jos Lammertink (Ned)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 7 Ecija-Jaen, 181 km

Juan Fernandez (Spa)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 8a Jaen-Granada, 100 km

Jose-Maria Yurrebaso (Spa)

Regis Clere (Fra)

Stage 8b Granada-Sierra Nevada, 30.5 km ITT

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 9 Baza-Murcia, 204 km

Manuel Murga (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 10 Murcia-Almusafes, 223 km

Kim Andersen (Den)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 11 Almusafes-Peniscola, 193 km

Jesus Suarez-Cueva (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 12 Peniscola-Esparraguera, 217 km

Frederic Vichot (Fra)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 13 Esperraguera-Rassos de Peguera, 187 km

Vicente Belda (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 14 Gironella-Balaguer, 197 km

J-L Lopez-Cerron (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 15a Balaguer-Alfajarin, 146 km

Pedro Munoz (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 15b Zaragoza, 11.3 km ITT

Regis Clere (Fra)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 16 Catalayud-Torrejon de Ardoz, 209 km

Bernardo Pino (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 17 Torrejon de Ardoz-Segovia, 150 km

Miguel-Maria Lasa (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 18 Segovia-Los Angeles de San Rafael, 175 km

Angel Arroyo (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

Stage 19 Madrid/Circuito San Isidro, 84 km

Francisco-Javier Cedena (Spa)

Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE
José-Luis Laguia (Spa) 
POINT'S COMPETITION
Jesus Suarez-Cueva (Spa)


VaE April 21 - May 10, 1981
3,446.1 km

1.Giovanni BATTAGLIN (Ita) 98h04'49"

2. Pedro Munoz (Spa) +2'09"

3. Vicente Belda (Spa) +2'29"

Starters: 80
Finishers: 55
Average Speed: 35.135 km/h

VaE 1980

VaE 1982

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