1980 Vuelta a España

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1980 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 22 April – 11 May
Stages 19 stages + Prologue, including 1 split stages
Distance 3,225 km (2,004 mi)
Winning time 88h 23' 21"
Winner  Faustino Rupérez (ESP) (Zor - Vereco)
Second  Pedro Torres (ESP) (Kelme)
Third  Claude Criquielion (BEL) (Splendor)

Jersey awarded to the points classification winner Points  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Splendor)
Mountains  Juan Fernández (ESP) (Zor - Vereco)
Sprints  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Splendor)
Team Splendor

The 35th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 22 to May 11, 1980. It consisted of 20 stages covering a total of 3225 km, and was won by Faustino Rupérez of the Zor cycling team.

Roberto Visentini won the prologue of the race and kept the leader's jersey for the first five days of the race. Sean Kelly finished second in the prologue and won the next two stages but did not get to wear the leader's jersey. On the first mountain stage, Faustino Rupérez came solo to the finish and took the leader's jersey which he kept until the end of the race. Pedro Torres put in an attack on the penultimate stage on the climb to Puerto de la Morcuera. However Rupérez together with Miguel Mari Lasa bridged up to Torres half way to Alto de Cotos and the leader's jersey was safe. Rupérez won the race ahead of Torres and Claude Criquielion. Criquielion's Splendor teammate Kelly won five stages of the race, the points jersey and finished fourth overall. Marino Lejarreta finished the race fifth overall. Juan Fernández won the Mountains competition.[1]


Final General Classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Spain Faustino Rupérez Zor-Vereco 88h 23' 21s
2 Spain Pedro Torres Kelme-Gios a 2' 15s
3 Belgium Claude Criquielion Splendor-Admiral a 3' 00s
4 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly Splendor-Admiral a 3' 31s
5 Spain Marino Lejarreta Teka a 4' 32s
6 Belgium Guido Van Calster Splendor-Admiral a 4' 44s
7 Belgium Johan De Muynck Splendor-Admiral a 4' 58s
8 Spain Francisco Galdos Gauna Kelme-Gios a 5' 00s
9 Spain Miguel Maria Lasa Zor-Vereco a 5' 25s
10 Spain Vicente Belda Kelme-Gios a 6' 41s
11 Spain Manuel Esparza Sanz Teka
12 Spain Faustino Fernandez Henninger-Aquila Rossa
13 Belgium Jos Borguet Splendor-Admiral
14 France Bernard Thevenet Teka
15 Italy Roberto Visentini San Giacomo-Benotto
16 Spain Juan Fernandez Martin Zor-Vereco
17 Spain Ángel Arroyo Zor-Vereco
18 Spain Pedro Vilardebo Flavia-Gios
19 Spain Francisco Codony Manzaneque-Alan
20 Spain Antonio Gonzalez Colchon C.R.
21 Spain José-Luis Laguia Reynolds-Benotto
22 Spain José Enrique Cima Henninger-Aquila Rossa
23 Spain Ricardo Zuniga Xarrasco Manzaneque-Alan
24 Spain Juan Pujol Pages Kelme-Gios
25 Netherlands Peter Zijerveld HB Alarmsystemen


  1. "1980 General Information". La Vuelta.com. Retrieved 2008-01-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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