32nd Vuelta a Espana 1977

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

This Vuelta Belonged to Maertens!!!

"I come only to win!".  These were the words of Belgium sprinter Freddy Maertens before the start of the 1977 Vuelta a Espana.  The race marked the complete supremacy of Maertens. 

After winning the 8 km Prologue time trial Maertens would crank-off 12 more stage wins and hold the overall lead in the General Classification for every stage.

The victory did not come without a minor scare on stage 4. In the 8.3 km individual time trial Maertens “over-cooked” a corner and crashed.  He was quickly up and riding again, but the fall cost him 40”. 

Freddy Maertens sprinted to his final stage win in Miranda de Ebro and claimed the 1977 Vuelta a Espana victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Vuelta organizers decided to finish the race in Miranda de Ebro instead of Guipuzcoa.  Entry of the race into the Basque Country was considered dangerous because of on-going social and political events in the region.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Dehesa de Campoamor, 8 km ITT

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 1 Dehesa de Campoamor-La Manga, 115 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 2 la Manga del Mar Menor-Murcia, 161 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 3 Murcia-Benidorm, 200 km

Fedor Den Hertog (Hol)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 4 Benidorm, 8.3 km ITT

Michel Pollentier (Fra)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 5 Benidorm-El Saler, 159 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 6 Valencia-Teruel, 170 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 7 Teruel-Las Fuentes, 204 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 8 Las Fuentes-Tortosa, 141 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 9 Tortosa-Salou, 144 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 10 Salou-Barcelona, 144 km

Cees Priem (Hol)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 11a Montjuich, 3.8 km ITT

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 11b Montjuich, 45 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 12 Barcelona-La Tossa de Montbui, 198 km

Giuseppe Perletto (Ita)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 13 Igualada-Seo de Urgel, 135 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 14 Seo de Urgel-Monzon, 200 km

Carlos Melero (Spa)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 15 Monzon-El Formigal, 166 km

Pedro Torres (Spa)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 16 El Formigal-Cordovilla, 170 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 17 Cordovilla-Bilbao, 183 km

Luis-Alberto Ordiales (Spa)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 18 Bilbao-Durango, 126 km

Jose Nazabal (Spa)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Stage 19 Alto de Urquiola-Miranda de Ebro, 104 km

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

Freddy Maertens (Bel)

 

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Pedro Torres (Spa)
 

POINT'S COMPETITION

Freddy Maertens (Bel)


VaE April 26 - May 15, 1977
2,785.1 km

1. Freddy MAERTENS (Bel) 78h54'36"

2. Miguel-Maria Lasa (Spa)+ 2'51"

3. Klaus-Peter Thaler (Ger) +3'23"

Starters: 70
Finishers: 54
Average Speed: 35.294 km/h



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