1987 Vuelta a España

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1987 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 23 April - 15 May
Stages 22 + Prologue
Distance 3,921 km (2,436 mi)
Winning time 105h 34' 25"
Winner  Luis Herrera (COL) (Café de Colombia)
Second  Raimund Dietzen (GER) (Teka)
Third  Laurent Fignon (FRA) (Système U-Gitane)

Points  Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP) (Teka)
Mountains  Luis Herrera (COL) (Café de Colombia)
Youth  Johnny Weltz (DEN) (Fagor - Larios)
Combination  Laurent Fignon (FRA) (Système U-Gitane)
Sprints  Miguel Ángel Iglesias (ESP) (Frinca Colchón - CR)
Team Ryalcao Postobón

The 42nd Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 23 to May 15, 1987. It consisted of 22 stages covering a total of 3,921 km, and was won by Luis Herrera of the Café de Colombia cycling team. It was the first win of a Grand Tour by a Colombian and also the first of a South American. With the 1986 Vuelta Champion, Álvaro Pino was absent due to health problems, the principal favourites for the overall classification were Laurent Fignon, Pedro Delgado and Sean Kelly. Jean Luc Vandenbroucke won the prologue and wore the first leader's jersey. Kelly who was in form after winning Paris–Nice for the sixth time won the first stage and took the jersey. The sixth stage saw the beginning of the fight for the overall classification. Luis Herrera in the company of Ángel Arroyo and Vicente Belda attacked several times on the final ascent of the stage. However Kelly was still able to ride into the leader's jersey again. On the following stage to Cerler which was won by the Spaniard Laudelino Cubino, Herrera put time into Kelly and Dietzen finished ahead of Kelly and took the leader's jersey. Herrera took the jersey after the 11th stage that finished on the Lagos de Covadonga. However Kelly retook the leader's jersey in the stage 18 time trial and with four stages to go it looked as if he was going to win his first grand tour. However Kelly was forced to withdraw from the race the following day due to a saddle boil.[1] Fignon won the following stage and moved up to third place overall ahead of Delgado. Herrera took back the jersey which he kept to the end to win the race. It was the first win of a Grand Tour by a Colombian and also the first of a South American.[2]

General classification (final)

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Colombia Luis Herrera Café de Colombia 105h34'25"
2 Germany Raimund Dietzen Teka 1'04"
3 France Laurent Fignon Système U-Gitane 3'13"
4 Spain Pedro Delgado PDM-Concorde 3'52"
5 Colombia Óscar Vargas Ryalcao Postobon 4'03"
6 Spain Vicente Belda Kelme 4'40"
7 Spain Anselmo Fuerte BH-Sport 4'59"
8 France Yvon Madiot Système U-Gitane 5'25"
9 Colombia Henry Cárdenas Café de Colombia 7'08"
10 Colombia Omar Hernández Ryalcao Postobon 7'33"
11 Spain Angel Arroyo Lanchas Reynolds
12 Spain Ignacio Gaston Crespo Kas
13 Colombia Pedro Saúl Morales Ryalcao Postobon
14 Spain Juan Tomas Martinez Zahor Chocolates
15 France Pascal Poisson Système U-Gitane
16 Colombia José Patrocinio Jimenez Café de Colombia
17 Spain Federico Echave Musatadi BH-Sport
18 Colombia Martín Ramírez Café de Colombia
19 Spain Enrique Aja Cagigas Teka-Mavic
20 Colombia Argemiro Bohorguez Ortega Café de Colombia
21 Colombia Nestor Mora Zarate Ryalcao-Postobon
22 Republic of Ireland Martin Earley Fagor
23 Spain Carlos Hernandez Bailo Teka-Mavic
24 Colombia Pablo Wilches Ryalcao-Postobon
25 Spain Jesus Blanco Villar Teka-Mavic


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