1st Vuelta a Espana 1935

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beginning of a Grand Event

The creation of the Vuelta a Espana was set up in less than two months by Clemente Lopez Doriga, the Henri Desgranges of the Vuelta a Espana. The first edition of Vuelta a Espana was closely related to the media and promoted by the newspaper Diario Informaciones .

The race conditions were not optimal and the race had only 50 riders on the start list. The two dominating characteristics of the first Vuelta were the difficult road course conditions and the bad weather (rainy and cold) conditions. The Spanish riders were expecting hot weather and found themselves doubly penalized by the weather more suited for Belgians. The battle for the coveted race leader's jersey (orange in color for 1935) started immediately on stage 1. Through the early stages race favorites Gustaaf Deloor (Bel) and Mariano Canardo (Spa) suffer multiple mishaps. But Deloor survived the problems and took his first race leader's jersey on stage 3. Scoring a brilliant stage win he outdistanced his closest rivals Antoine Dignef (Bel) and Canardo by almost 9 minutes. The bad weather remained a considerable factor and the attrition rate was high. By stage 4 Canardo saw all his teammates abandon the race, but the Spanish contender fought on alone. The race was down to two major contenders. Belgian rider Gustaaf Deloor was in solid control of the overall classification, but was still pressured by a fierce effort from Mariano Canardo. The Belgian race leader put the overall classification out of reach on stage 13 from Caceres to Zamora . Canardo crashed heavily and lost an additional five minutes.

50,000 spectators greeted the finish of the Vuelta on stage 14 in Madrid . With the great style of a champion Gustaaf Deloor broke away from Canardo and Max Bulla (Aut) and rode into Madrid for the stage win. He became the first ever winner of the Vuelta a Espana. Mariano Canardo also rode a brilliant final stage. Trailing in his battle for second place Canardo broke away from the peloton with Bulla and finished 10 minutes ahead of Belgian Antoine Dignef to move into second place overall.

Stage and Distance Stage Winner Race Leader

Stage 1 Madrid-Valladolid, 185 km

Antoine Dignef (Bel)

Antoine Dignef (Bel)

Stage 2 Valladolid-Santander, 251 km

Antonio Escuriet (Spa)

Antonio Escuriet (Spa)

Stage 3 Santander-Bilbao, 199 km

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 4 Bilbao-San Sebastian, 235 km

Antoine Dignef (Bel)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 5 San Sebastian-Zaragoza, 264 km

Mariano Canardo (Spa)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 6 Zaragoza-Barcelona, 310 km

Francois Adam (Bel)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 7 Barcelona-Tortosa, 188 km

Antonio Montes (Spa)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 8 Tortosa-Valencia, 188 km

Max Bulla (Aut)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 9 Valencia-Murcia, 265 km

Salvador Cardona (Spa)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 10 Murcia-Granada, 285 km

Max Bulla (Aut)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 11 Granada-Sevilla, 260 km

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 12 Sevilla-Caceres, 270 km

Francois Adam (Bel)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 13 Caceres-Zamora, 275 km

Edoardo Molinar (Ita)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Stage 14 Zamora-Madrid, 250 km

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

Gustaaf Deloor (Bel)

 

VaE April 29-May 15, 1935
3,425 Km

1. Gustaaf DELOOR (Bel) 120h01'02"

2. Mariano Canardo (Spa) +12'33"

3. Antoine Dignef (Bel) +19'15"

Starters: 50
Finishers: 29
Average Speed: 27.204 km/h

 

 

Return to the Timeline Table of Contents x x Race Snippets

 
       
         
         
   


All materials are property of CyclingRevealed and Copyright © 2012
unless otherwise noted

Advertising Information | Contact Us
-