Vuelta a España: Recent Winners

simon yates 2018 - Vuelta a España: Recent WinnersOut of all 3 Grand Tours the Vuelta a España is really the one requiring climbers legs. Without them you don't even have to go there, unless you are looking for some lost sprinter stages. Cyclingstage.com presents the recent winners.

You’ll recognize the overall leader by his red jersey. The green jersey is around the shoulders of the first man in the points classification – because of all the top finishes this is usually a climber. Just like in the Tour de France, the winner of the KOM classification is awarded a polka dot jersey, only difference being the dots are blue instead of red.

No price for the best rider in the Vuelta, but as of 2002 there is a combination classification. The leader is wearing the ‘blanco jersey’.

Year GC Points Mountains Combination
2018 Simon Yates Alejandro Valverde Thomas De Gendt Simon Yates
2017 Chris Froome Chris Froome Davide Villella Chris Froome
2016 Nairo Quintana Fabio Felline Omar Fraille Chris Froome
2015 Fabio Aru Alejandro Valverde Omar Fraille Joaquim Rodriguez
2014 Alberto Contador John Degenkolb Luis León Sanchez Alberto Contador
2013 Chris Horner Alejandro Valverde Nicolas Edet Chris Horner
2012 Alberto Contador Alejandro Valverde Simon Clarke Alejandro Valverde
2011 Juan José Cobo Bauke Mollema David Moncoutié Juan José Cobo
2010 Vincenzo Nibali Mark Cavendish David Moncoutié Vincenzo Nibali
2009 Alejandro Valverde André Greipel David Moncoutié Alejandro Valverde
2008 Alberto Contador Greg Van Avermaet David Moncoutié Alberto Contador
2007 Denis Mensjov Daniele Bennati Denis Mensjov Denis Mensjov
2006 Aleksandr Vinokoerov Thor Hushovd Egoi Martínez Aleksandr Vinokoerov
2005 Roberto Heras Alessandro Petacchi Joaquím Rodríguez Denis Mensjov
2004 Roberto Heras Erik Zabel Félix Cárdenas Roberto Heras
2003 Roberto Heras Erik Zabel Félix Cárdenas Alejandro Valverde
2002 Aitor González Erik Zabel Aitor Osa Roberto Heras
2001 Angel Luis Casero José María Jiménez José María Jiménez n\a
2000 Roberto Heras Roberto Heras Carlos Sastre n\a

Records in the Vuelta a España

With 5 overall victories Roberto Heras is record holder. Of the still active drivers Alberto Contador comes closest with 2 GC wins.

If you talk stage wins, only rider is the king. In the 1940’s Spaniard Delio Rodríguez won 33 stages and in edition 1941, 12 out of 22 stages were his. Alessandro Petacchi comes closest with 20 stages.

The 1984 Vuelta saw the smallest GC gap ever recorded in a Grand Tour. Eric Caritoux (France) won the race with a 6 seconds lead over Alberto Fernandez Blanco (Spain).

Vuelta a España: Videos, images and more

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Joaquim RodriguezAlberto ContadorChris FroomeNairo QuintanaAlejandro ValverdeVincenzo NibaliFabio AruSimon Yates


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