1992 Vuelta a España

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1992 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 27 April - 17 May
Stages 20 + Prologue, including one split stage
Distance 3,395 km (2,110 mi)
Winning time 96h 14' 50"
Winner  Tony Rominger (SUI) (CLAS-Cajastur)
Second  Jesús Montoya (ESP) (Amaya Seguros)
Third  Pedro Delgado (ESP) (Banesto)

Jersey awarded to the points classification winner Points  Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) (Carrera Jeans)
Mountains  Carlos Hernández Bailo (ESP) (Lotus-Festina)
Youth  Arturas Kasputis (LIT) (Ryalcao Postobón)
Combination  Tony Rominger (SUI) (CLAS-Cajastur)
Sprints  Antonio Esparza (ESP) (Wigarma)
Team Amaya Seguros

The 47th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 27 to May 17, 1992. It consisted of 20 stages covering a total of 3395 km, and was won by Tony Rominger of the Clas-Cajastur cycling team.

Race preview and favorites

Among the starters in Jerez de la Frontera were such big names as Erik Breukink, Robert Millar, Steven Rooks and Stephen Roche. However, none of them seemed to arrive in good form, and none of them lived up to their reputation. Among the locals, the defending champion Melchor Mauri, Pedro Delgado and Laudelino Cubino were the favorites.

Race overview

The first decisive stage was the first individual time trial, won by Dutch rider Erik Breukink. The big surprise that day was pure climber Jesús Montoya who managed second on the stage and took the leader's jersey. Rominger, suffering from a concussion and a knee injury due to an earlier crash, lost almost three minutes.

Two days later, during the queen stage in the Pyrenees, with 5 major mountain passes ending with the ascensions of the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden, the names of the contenders became clear, as Mauri lost over forty minutes and Rominger dropped the other contenders on the final climb, to finish second to the stage winner Lale Cubino who had spent the day in a breakaway. Cubino, who until then seemed like a candidate for the overall win, lost time on the ascension of Lagos de Covadonga, where Delgado took the stage and rose to second overall. Montoya limited his losses to Delgado, and Rominger finished right with him after being initially dropped.

As Montoya and Delgado closely marked each other's attacks, they were unable to increase their advantage on Rominger who took the lead with a commanding performance in the final flat time trial. After this, Montoya and Delgado joined forces over the final mountain stage, but were unable to unseat Rominger who once again won the stage.

Thus, Rominger became the first Swiss rider to win the Vuelta. He was joined on the final podium by Jesús Montoya and Pedro Delgado.


Final General Classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Switzerland Tony Rominger CLAS-Cajastur 96h 14' 50"
2 Spain Jesús Montoya Amaya Seguros 1' 04"
3 Spain Pedro Delgado Banesto 1' 42"
4 Italy Marco Giovannetti Gatorade - Chateau D'ax 5' 19"
5 Spain Federico Echave CLAS-Cajastur 5' 34"
6 Spain Laudelino Cubino Amaya Seguros 6' 24"
7 Colombia Fabio Parra Amaya Seguros 7' 24"
8 Mexico Raúl Alcalá PDM-Concorde 12' 50"
9 Spain Francisco Javier Mauleón CLAS-Cajastur 15' 44"
10 Netherlands Steven Rooks Buckler 18' 57"
11 Netherlands Gert-Jan Theunisse TVM-Sanyo 19' 39"
12 Spain Pedro Ruiz Cabestany Gatorada-Chateaux d'Ax 19' 41"
13 Colombia Luis Camargo Ryalco-Postobon
14 Republic of Ireland Stephen Roche Carrera Jeans–Vagabond
15 Belgium Johan Bruyneel ONCE
16 Colombia Hernán Buenahora Kelme-Don Café
17 Colombia William Palacios Ryalco-Postobon
18 Latvia Piotr Ugrumov Seur
19 Colombia Edgar Corredor Sicasal-Arcal
20 United Kingdom Robert Millar TVM-Sanyo
21 Colombia Fabio Rodríguez Clas-Cajastur
22 Spain Carlos Hernández Bailo Lotus-Festina
23 Spain Jon Unzaga Bombin Clas-Cajastur
24 Spain Arsenio González Clas-Cajastur
25 Spain Luis Perez Garcia Lotus-Festina

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