9th Vuelta a Espana 1950

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of an Era for the Vuelta a Espana

After a one year absence the 9th edition of the Vuelta a Espana marked the end of an era and entry into the darkest days for Spanish cycling. The main issues facing the organizers were: a race that was too long, inadequate racing dates, and an insufficient prize list. Participation of only 8 foreign riders (5 Belgian, 3 Italian) left the Vuelta in very poor standing as a Grand National Tour. 1950 marked the end of sponsorship by the newspaper “Ya.”, a financial shock that put the race into a 4-year tailspin. After the 1950 race El Diario Ya transferred the Vuelta responsibility to El Correo Español-El Pueblo Vasco . The structure of the new Vuelta took 4 years to develop, a period which is considered as one of the darkest points in the history of Spanish cycling.

From the start in Madrid the Belgians rode aggressively and put Omar Braeckeveldt in the race leader's jersey after the fourth stage (4a). When the race entered the mountains on stage 4b two time Mountain Prize winner Emilio Rodriguez made his move to the top of the general classification. A strong attack over the Col de Pajares put the Belgian race leader in trouble. By the time Braeckeveldt's deficit reached 23 minutes, the race leader opted to abandon. In Santander Rodriguez claimed the stage win and the overall race lead. He would not be challenge again.

Climbing specialist Emilio Rodriguez rode into Madrid to claim the 1950 Vuelta a Espana victory.

Stage and Distance Stage Winner Race Leader

Stage 1 Madrid-Valladolid, 190 km

Omer Braeckeveldt (Bel)

Omer Braeckeveldt (Bel)

Stage 2 Valladolid-Leon, 133 km

Rik Evens (Bel)

Omer Braeckeveldt (Bel)

Stage 3 Leon-Gijon, 148 km

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Omer Braeckeveldt (Bel)

Stage 4a Gijon-Torrelavaga, 167 km

Agustin Miro (Spa)

Omer Braeckeveldt (Bel)

Stage 4b Torrelavega-Santander, 78 km

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 5 Santander-Bilbao, 177 km

Antonio Gelabert (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 6 Bilbao-Irun, 240 km

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 7 Irun-Pamplona, 109 km

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 8a Pamplona-Tudela, 90 km ITT

Bernardo Capo (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 8b Tudela-Zaragoza, 176 km

Bernardo Ruiz (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 9 Zaragoza-Lerida, 144 km

Umberto Drei (Ita)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 10 Lerida-Barcelona, 167 km

Jose Serra (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 11 Barcelona-Tarragona, 150 km

Rik Evens (Bel)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 12 Tarragona-Castellon, 194 km

Luis Navarro (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 13 Castellon-Valencia, 65 km ITT

Antonio Sanchez (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 14 Valencia-Murcia, 265 km

Umberto Drei (Ita)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 15 Murcia-Llorca, 117 km

Umberto Drei (Ita)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 16 Llorca-Granada, 222 km

Alighiero Ridolfi (Ita)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 17 Granada-Malaga, 183 km

Umberto Drei (Ita)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 18 Malaga-Cadiz, 268 km

Antonio Gelabert (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 19a Cadiz-Jerez, 56 km ITT

Andres Trobat (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 19b Jerez-Sevilla, 100 km

Jose Serra (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 20 Sevilla-Merida, 200 km

Victorio Garcia (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 21 Merida-Talavera de la Reina, 228 km

Bernardo Capo (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Stage 22 Talavera de la Reina-Madrid, 117 km

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

Mountain Prize

Emilio Rodriguez (Spa)

 

VaE August 17 - September 10, 1950
3,984 Km

1. Emilio RODRIGUEZ (Spa) 134h49'19"

2. Manuel Rodriguez (Spa) +15'30"

3. Jose Serra (Spa) +16'05"

Starters: 42
Finishers: 26
Average Speed: 29.145 km/h

 

 

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