Special Sub-Topic: Vuelta a Espana History
|How many riders entered the first Vuelta a España?|
50. The first Vuelta a España was 3411km. The race was only 14 stages long. The first-ever Vuelta a España winner was Gustaaf Deloor. Gustaaf was a Belgian cyclist.
|In what year did the Vuelta a España start running annually?|
1955. Before 1955, the Vuelta was not held from 1951-1954 or 1949. It was not held from 1937-1940 due to the Spanish Civil War, and not held in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II. The 1955 Vuelta a España was 15 stages long and totaled to be 2740km. Jean Dotto won the 1955 Vuelta a España.
|In what season was the Vuelta a España held in before 1995?|
Spring. Starting with the 1995 Vuelta a España, it was held in September. Laurent Jalabert won the 1995 Vuelta. Laurent also won the King of the Mountains and points classification. Laurent was the third rider to win all three classifications in a Grand Tour.
|Julián Berrendero was the first Spaniard to win the Vuelta a España.|
True. Julián was born in San Agustín del Guadalix. Julián was the first Spaniard to repeat as winner of the Vuelta a España. Julián won the 1941 and 1942 Vuelta a España. Those would be his only Grand Tour victories in his career. Julián died in August 1995 when was 83 years old.
|The leader of the Vuelta a España is awarded a jersey at the end of each stage. What is the name of the jersey?|
Jersey de Oro. In English, Jersey de Oro means gold jersey. Many refer to it as the golden jersey. Alex Zülle was the first to wear the golden jersey for over 40 stages. He held it for 48 stages overall. Alex is a Switzerland native. He won two Vuelta a España's.
|In Stage 15 of the 2002 Vuelta a España, the riders had to climb the Alto de El Angliru. Which of the following occurred while climbing?|
The team cars stalled while climbing the mountain. It was a very rainy day and the cyclists had to climb 12.55 kilometers to the top of the Alto de El Angliru. Just when the mountain came to its steepest the team cars stalled and some couldn't start after that. A couple cyclists had to ride with flat tires, for the mechanics couldn't reach them. David Millar had crashed three times while climbing the mountain. Just a meter away from the finish, David handed in his race number. He was disqualified for not finishing, according to the officials.
|Roberto Heras became the first rider to win four Vuelta a España's.|
False. Roberto Heras won the Vuelta a España three times. Roberto originally won the 2005 Vuelta a España, 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 España. That would be Denis' second Vuelta victory.
|How many stages did Gustaaf Deloor win in the first Vuelta a España?|
3. Gustaaf won the very-first Vuelta a España. He would win the next Vuelta too. He won stages 3, 11, and 14. Those victories would be his only Grand Tour wins in his career. Gustaaf passed away on January 28, 2002. Gustaaf was 88 years old.
|Who was the first Columbian to win the Vuelta a España?|
Luis Herrera. Luis was born in Fusagasugá, Colombia. Luis won the 1987 Vuelta a España. In that year, Luis also won the King of the Mountains competition. That would be Luis' only Grand Tour victory in his career. He won two stages in his time that he competed in the Vuelta a España.
|Who was the first rider to win three consecutive Vuelta a España's?|
Tony Rominger. Tony was in Vejle, Denmark. Tony won his first Vuelta a España in 1992. He would go on to win the next two Vuelta a España's, in 1993 and 1994. In the three years Tony won, he collected 11 stage wins. Tony also won the 1995 Giro d'Italia, and the points classification. Roberto Heras won three Vuelta a España's, but not consecutively. Alex Zülle won two consecutively.
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