1982 Vuelta a España

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1982 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 20 April – 9 May
Stages 19 + Prologue, including 2 split stages
Distance 3,456 km (2,147 mi)
Winning time 95h 47' 23"
Winner  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) (Teka)
Second  Michel Pollentier (BEL) (Safir)
Third  Sven-Åke Nilsson (SWE) (Wolber)

Jersey awarded to the points classification winner Points  Stefan Mutter (SUI) (Puch - Eurotex)
Mountains  José Luis Laguía (ESP) (Reynolds)
Sprints  Benny Schepmans (BEL) (Van de Ven - Moser)
Team Kelme

The 37th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 20 to May 9, 1982. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 3456 km, and was won by Marino Lejarreta of the Teka cycling team.

The Reynolds team controlled the race after team leader Ángel Arroyo took the leader's jersey on the tenth stage. Arroyo kept the jersey until the finish of the race where he won the final individual time trial. Arroyo won the grand tour ahead of Marino Lejarreta and Michel Pollentier. However 48 hours after his win, it emerged that in the doping control that was conducted after the stage 17 Arroyo tested positive. Three other riders also failed the doping test after stage 17: Alberto Fernández, Vicente Belda and Pedro Muñoz.

The four riders were said to have tested positive for Methylphenidate (which is also known as Ritalin) a stimulant.[1] Methylphenidate was a popular drug for doping in cycling at that time.[2] Arroyo and his team denied the allegations and asked for a second analysis of the sample. The B analysis confirmed the first positive test.[1] Arroyo was assigned a 10-minute penalty and stripped of his Vuelta win which was given to Lejarreta. With the 10-minute penalty Arroyo went down to 13th place in the classification.[3] The disqualification of the winner of the Vuelta has been called the worst scandal that has ever hit the race on the official La Vuelta website.[1]


Final General Classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Spain Marino Lejarreta Teka 95h 47' 23s
2 Belgium Michel Pollentier Safir-Concorde a 18s
3 Sweden Sven-Åke Nilsson Wolber-Spidel a 1' 17s
4 Spain Faustino Ruperez Rincon Zor-Helios a 2' 14s
5 Spain José Luis Laguía Reynolds-Galli a 2' 37s
6 France Pierre-Raymond Villemiane Wolber-Spidel a 2' 43s
7 Switzerland Stefan Mutter Puch-Eurotex a 4' 18s
8 Spain Jaime Vilamajo Ipiens Kelme-Merckx a 4' 19s
9 France Marc Durant Wolber-Spidel a 5' 10s
10 Spain Álvaro Pino Zor-Helios a 5' 53s
11 Spain Enrique Martinez Heredia Kelme-Merckx
12 Spain Celestino Prieto Rodriquez Kelme-Merckx
13 Spain Ángel Arroyo Reynolds-Galli
14 Spain Eduardo Chozas Zor-Helios
15 Spain Alberto Fernandez Teka
16 Belgium Paul Wellens Splendor-Wickes
17 Spain Bernardo Alfonsel Lopez Teka
18 Spain Vicente Belda Kelme-Merckx
19 Spain Ismal Lejarreta Teka
20 Spain Juan Fernandez Kelme-Merckx
21 Netherlands Jo Maas Splendor-Wickes
22 France Dominique Arnaud Wolber-Spidel
23 Spain Luis-Vicente Otin Hueso
24 Belgium Benny Van Brabant Splendor-Wickes
25 Spain Pedro Munoz Rodriguez Zor-Helios


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "1982 General Information". La Vuelta.com. Retrieved 2008-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Delbeke FT. (Aug 1996). "Doping in cyclism: results of unannounced controls in Flanders (1987-1994)". International Journal Sports Medicine. 17(6):434-8. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Heras won't be the first to lose the Vuelta after the fact". Velonews.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2008-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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