1988 Vuelta a España

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1988 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 25 April - 15 May
Stages 20 + Prologue
Distance 3,425 km (2,128 mi)
Winning time 89h 19' 23"
Winner  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Kas-Mavic)
Second  Reimund Dietzen (GER) (Teka-Mavi-Alanc)
Third  Anselmo Fuerte (ESP) (BH Sport)

Points  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Kas-Canal 10)
Mountains  Álvaro Pino (ESP) (BH Sport)
Youth  Carlos Muñiz (ESP) (CLAS)
Combination  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Kas-Canal 10)
Sprints  Miguel Ángel Iglesias (ESP) (Helios - CR)
Team BH Sport

The 1988 Vuelta a España was the 43rd Vuelta a España, taking place from April 25 to May 15, 1988. It was a bicycle race which consisted of 20 stages over 3425 km, ridden at an average speed of 38.506 km/h. Sean Kelly started the race as the principal favourite after performance in the 1987 Vuelta a España in which he was leading the General classification with several days remaining in the race when he was forced to withdraw due to injury. Luis "Lucho" Herrera returned to defend his title while 1985 Vuelta winner Pedro Delgado had decided to ride the 1988 Giro d'Italia in preparation for the 1988 Tour de France. The BH team directed by Javier Mínguez, presented solid opposition with the strong climbers Álvaro Pino (winner of the 1986 Vuelta a España) and Anselmo Fuerte. In the end, Kelly won the race and became the first Irish winner of the Vuelta a España.


Stage Route Distance Type Date Stage winner GC leader
P Santa Cruz de Tenerife 17.4 km Individual time trial April 25 Ettore Pastorelli Ettore Pastorelli
1 San Cristóbal de La LagunaSanta Cruz de Tenerife 210 km April 26 Iñaki Gastón Laudelino Cubino
2 Las PalmasLas Palmas 34 km Team time trial April 27 BH Sport
3 Alcalá del RíoBadajoz 210 km April 28 Mathieu Hermans
4 BadajozBéjar 234 km April 29 Francisco Navarro
5 BéjarValladolid 202 km April 30 Mathieu Hermans
6 ValladolidLeón 160 km May 1 Mathieu Hermans
7 LeónBrañillín 176.7 km May 2 Álvaro Pino
8 OviedoMonte Naranco 6.8 km Individual time trial May 3 Álvaro Pino
9 OviedoSantander 197.3 km May 4 Mathieu Hermans
10 SantanderValdezcaray 217.2 km May 5 Sean Kelly
11 LogroñoJaca 197.5 km May 6 Sean Yates
12 JacaCerler 178.2 km May 7 Fabio Parra
13 BenasqueAndorra 190.3 km May 8 Iñaki Gastón
14 La Seu d'UrgellSant Quirze del Vallès 166 km May 9 Johnny Weltz
15 ValenciaAlbacete 192 km May 10 Mathieu Hermans Anselmo Fuerte
16 AlbaceteToledo 244.4 km May 11 Malcolm Elliot
17 ToledoÁvila 212.5 km May 12 Juan Martinez Oliver
18 ÁvilaSegovia 150 km May 13 Ángel Ocaña
19 Las RozasVillalba 30 km Individual time trial May 14 Sean Kelly Sean Kelly
20 VillalbaMadrid 202 km May 15 Mathieu Hermans
Total 3,425 km


Final General classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly Kas-Mavic 89h 19' 23s
2 Germany Reimund Dietzen Teka-Mavi-Alanc 1' 27s
3 Spain Anselmo Fuerte BH Sport a 1' 29s
4 Spain Laudelino Cubino BH Sport a 2' 17s
5 Colombia Fabio Parra Pinto Kelme 2' 25s
6 United Kingdom Robert Millar Fagor-MBK a 3' 22s
7 Spain Jesús Blanco Villar Teka-Mavi-Alanc a 8' 19s
8 Spain Álvaro Pino BH Sport a 8' 25s
9 Belgium Eddy Schepers Fagor-MBK a 9' 45s
10 Spain Roberto Cordoba Asensi BH Sport 10' 28s
11 France Eric Caritoux Kas-Mavic
12 Colombia William Palacios Navarro Reynolds-Pinarello
13 Spain Federico Echave Musatadi BH Sport
14 Spain Jokin Mujika Aramburu Caja Rural - Akai
15 Italy Franco Votolo Carrera Jeans–Vagabond
16 Colombia Martín Ramírez Café de Colombia
17 Spain José Luis Laguía Reynolds-Pinarello
18 Spain Mariano Sanchez Martinez Teka-Mavi-Alanc
19 Republic of Ireland Martin Earley Kas-Mavic
20 Colombia Luis Herrera Café de Colombia
21 Colombia Carlos Jaramillo Postobon
22 Netherlands Luc Suykerbuyk Zahor Chocolates - Macario
23 Spain Pedro Ruiz Cabestany Kas-Mavic
24 Spain Vicente Ridaura Sebastian Caja Rural - Akai
25 Spain Juan Tomas Martinez Gutierrez Zahor Chocolates - Macario

KOM Classification

Cyclist Team Points
1 Spain Álvaro Pino BH 100
2 Spain Anselmo Fuerte BH 62
3 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly KAS 60

Points Classification

Cyclist Team Points
1 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly BH 248
2 Netherlands Mathieu Hermans CAJ 166
3 Belgium Benny Van Brabant ZAH 138

Team classification

Team Country Time
1 BH Sport  Spain -

Best First Year Professional

Cyclist Team Time
1 Spain Carlos Muñiz Menéndez CLAS

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