VUELTA: In what season was the Vuelta a Espana held in before 1995? (1 Point)
A. Spring: April-May
B. Summer: August- September
C. Summer: July
D. Autumn: October
Spring (April-May): The Vuelta was originally held in the spring, usually late April, with a few editions held in June in the 1940’s (reference: Wikipedia-Vuelta a Espana). Starting with the 1995 the Vuelta was moved to August-September to avoid racing dates in conflict with the more popular Giro d’Italia.
VUELTA: Who was the first rider to win the Vuelta a Espana three times in a row? (2 Points)
A. Pedro Delgado (Spa)
B. Tony Rominger (Sui) (1992, 1993, 1994)
C. Miguel Indurain (Spa)
D. Bernard Hinault (Fra)
E. Roberto Heras (Spa)
VUELTA: Who was the first Columbian winner of the Vuelta a Espana? (3 Points)
A. Santiago Botero (Col)
B. Luis Herrera (Col)
C. Fabio Parra (Col)
D. Felix Cardenas (Col)
E. Niaro Quintana (Col)
Luis Herrera: Columbian climber Herrera won the 1987 Vuelta a Espana. He also won the King of the Mountains Jersey.
True or False: Roberto Heras was the first rider to win the Vuelta a Espana four times. (4 Points)
TRUE or FALSE
False: Roberto Heras won the Vuelta a Espana three times. Roberto originally won the 2005 Vuelta a Espana, making four, but two months later test results came back positive for EPO. He was then disqualified and Denis Menchov was announced winner of the 2005 Vuelta a Espana. To date the official Vuelta results lists Denis Menchov as the 2005 winner.
VUELTA: In what year did the Vuelta a Espana start running annually? (5 Points)
1955: Before 1955 the Vuelta was not held from 1937-1940 due to the Spanish Civil War, and then it was not held in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II. From 1950 to 1954 financial problems cancelled the Vuelta. It was the Basque newspaper El Correo Español-El Pueblo Vasco that revived this Grand Tour!