1983 Vuelta a España

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1983 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 19 April – 8 May
Stages 19 + Prologue, including 1 split stage
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Winning time 94h 28' 26"
Winner  Bernard Hinault (FRA) (Renault-Elf-Gitane)
Second  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) (Alfa Lum-Olmo)
Third  Alberto Fernández (ESP) (Zor-Gemeaz)

Jersey awarded to the points classification winner Points  Marino Lejarreta  (ESP) (AAlfa Lum-Olmo)
Mountains  José Luis Laguía (ESP) (Reynolds-Galli)
Sprints  Sabino Angoitia (ESP) (Hueso)
Team Zor-Gemeaz

The 38th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 19 to May 8, 1983. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 3398 km, and was won by Bernard Hinault of the Renault-Elf-Gitane cycling team. The foreign favourites for the race included Bernard Hinault who had won the Vuelta once before in 1978 and World Champion Giuseppe Saronni. The Spanish favourites for the race included the de facto defending champion Marino Lejarreta, Julián Gorospe and Alberto Fernández.

Hinault took the leadership of the race after the fifth stage only to lose it the following day to Lejarreta. Lejarreta then won the stage 8 38 kilometre mountain time trial and increased his lead over Hinault. On the stage from Zaragoza to Soria that was won by Saronni, Lejarreta had a fall and lost the jersey to Gorospe. Fernández took the leadership the following day. Lejarreta came back and won the stage 13 to Lagos de Covadonga. However Fernández kept the leader’s jersey. On the following stage Álvaro Pino took the jersey and wore it for two days. Hinault won the individual time trial but did not win by enough time to take the jersey which passed again to Gorospe. Two days later Hinault’s pace on the climb to Puerto de Serranillos was too hot for his opponents and he won the stage in Ávila and took back the leader’s jersey[1] to win his second Vuelta and his eighth grand tour with Lejarreta second and Fernández in third. The great battle waged between Hinault and the Spanish riders has led to the 1983 race being described as its most spectacular edition.[1] However, due to tendinitis that had developed in his knee which was greatly aggravated by the climb to Puerto de Serranillos, Hinault was unable to ride in that year's Tour de France.[2]


Final General Classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 France Bernard Hinault Renault-Elf-Gitane 94h 28' 26s
2 Spain Marino Lejarreta Alfa Lum-Olmo a 1' 12s
3 Spain Alberto Fernández Zor-Gemeaz a 3' 58s
4 Spain Alvaro Pino Zor-Gemeaz a 5' 09s
5 Netherlands Hennie Kuiper Jacky Aernoudt-Rossin a 10' 26s
6 Spain Eduardo Chozas Olmo Zor-Gemeaz a 11' 11s
7 France Laurent Fignon Renault-Elf-Gitane a 11' 27s
8 Spain Pedro Munoz Rodriguez Zor-Gemeaz a 12' 25s
9 Spain Vicente Belda Kelme a 13' 28s
10 Spain Faustino Rupérez Zor-Gemeaz a 13' 36s
11 Spain Guillermo De La Pena Hueso-Motta
12 Spain Julián Gorospe Reynolds-Galli
13 France Alain Vigneron Renault-Elf-Gitane
14 Italy Claudio Bortolotto Del Tongo-Colnago
15 Spain Pedro Delgado Reynolds-Galli
16 Spain José Antonio Cabrero Hueso-Motta
17 Spain Faustino Cueli Arce Teka
18 Italy Leonardo Natale Del Tongo-Colnago
19 Luxembourg Lucien Didier Renault-Elf-Gitane
20 Spain Angel De Las Heras Kelme
21 Spain Jesus Rodriguez Magro Zor-Gemeaz
22 Spain Jesus Hernandez Ubeda Reynolds-Galli
23 Italy Roberto Ceruti Del Tongo-Colnago
24 Spain José Luis Laguía Reynolds-Galli
25 France Martial Gayant Renault-Elf-Gitane


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