31st Vuelta a Espana 1976

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Vuelta Champion with No Stage Wins

The 1976 Vuelta a Espana was billed a battle between Luis Ocana, Domingo Perurena, and Dutchman Hennie Kuiper.  However, it would be KAS teammate Jose Pesarrodona, whose consistent riding would vault the Spaniard onto the top step of the podium in San Sebastian.

Pesarrodona won the Vuelta thanks to solid stage finishes and dutiful attention to time gains throughout, he did not win a stage but he was among the top places in the General Classification every stage. 

The GC was close coming into the final stage 31.7 km time trial in San Sebastian.  Hennie Kuiper started the stage in the race leader’s Golden Jersey.  German Dietrich Thurau took the stage win only 1” ahead of Pesarrodona.  Kuiper did not perform well and lost over 2 minutes to the Spaniard.  He gave up the race lead to Pesarrodona at the very last second. 

An unsung Jose Pesarrodona coming into the earned the 1976 Vuelta a Espana victory.  Per race favorite Luis Ocana finished second with Hennis Kuiper fall to 6th in the final General Callsification.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Estepona, 3.2 km ITT

Dietrich Thurau (Ger)

Dietrich Thurau (Ger)

Stage 1 Estepona-Estepona, 135 km

Joseph De Cauwer (Bel)

Joseph De Cauwer (Bel)

Stage 2 Estepona-Priego de Cordoba, 224 km

Roger Gilson (Lux)

Joseph De Cauwer (Bel)

Stage 3 Priego de Cordoba-Jaen, 177 km

Theo Smit (Hol)

Joseph De Cauwer (Bel)

Stage 4 Jaen-Baza, 166 km

Hennie Kuiper (Hol)

Javier Elorriaga (Spa)

Stage 5 Baza-Cartagena, 201 km

Theo Smit (Hol)

Javier Elorriaga (Spa)

Stage 6 Cartagena, 14 km ITT

Joaquim Agostinho (Por)

Joaquim Agostinho (Por)

Stage 7 Cartagena-Murcia, 136 km

Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)

Joaquim Agostinho (Por)

Stage 8 Murcia-Almansa, 219 km

Georges Pintens (Bel)

Joaquim Agostinho (Por)

Stage 9 Almansa-Nules, 208 km

DietrichThurau (Ger)

DietrichThurau (Ger)

Stage 10 Nules-Cambrils, 226 km

J-A Gonzalez-Linares (Spa)

DietrichThurau (Ger)

Stage 11 Cambrils-Barcelona, 151 km

Antonio Vallori (Spa)

DietrichThurau (Ger)

Stage 12 Pamplona-Logrono, 168 km

Gerben Karstens (Hol)

DietrichThurau (Ger)

Stage 13 Logrono-Palencia, 209 km

Dirk Ongenae (Bel)

DietrichThurau (Ger)

Stage 14 Palencia-Gijon, 249 km

Cees Priem (Hol)

DietrichThurau (Ger)

Stage 15 Gijon-Cangas de Onis, 141 km

Vicente Lopez-Carril (Spa)

Joaquim Agostinho (Por)

Stage 16 Cangas de Onis-Reinosa, 156 km

Dietrich Thurau (Ger)

Joaquim Agostinho (Por)

Stage 17 Reinosa-Bilbao, 183 km

Arthur Van de Vijver

Hennie Kuiper (Hol)

Stage 18 Bilbao-Santuario de Oro, 204 km

Dietrich Thurau (Ger)

Hennie Kuiper (Hol)

Stage 19a Murguia-San Sebastian, 139 km

Dirk Ongenae (Bel)

Hennie Kuiper (Hol)

Stage 19b San Sebastian, 31.7 km ITT

Dietrich Thurau (Ger)

Jose Pesarrodona (Spa)

 

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Andres Oliva (Spa)
 

POINT'S COMPETITION

Dietrich Thurau (Ger)


VaE April 27 - May 16, 1976
3,340.9 km

1. Jose PESARRODONA (Spa) 93h19'10"

2. Luis Ocana (Spa)+ 1'03"

3. Jose Nazabal (Spa)+ 1'41"

Starters: 100
Finishers: 49
Average Speed: 35.814 km/h



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