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1983 Vuelta a España

1983 Vuelta a España
Route map
Route map
Race details
Dates19 April – 8 May
Stages19 + Prologue, including 1 split stage
Distance3,398 km (2,111 mi)
Winning time94h 28' 26"
Winner  Bernard Hinault (FRA) (Renault–Elf–Gitane)
  Second  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) (Alfa Lum–Olmo)
  Third  Alberto Fernández (ESP) (Zor–Gemeaz)

Points  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) (AAlfa Lum–Olmo)
Mountains  José Luis Laguía (ESP) (Reynolds–Galli)
  Sprints  Sabino Angoitia (ESP) (Hueso)
  Team Zor–Gemeaz
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The 38th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the three grand tours, was held from 19 April to 8 May 1983. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 3,398 km (2,111 mi), and was won by Bernard Hinault of the Renault–Elf–Gitane cycling team. The foreign favourites for the race included Bernard Hinault who had won the Vuelta once before in 1978 and World Champion Giuseppe Saronni. The Spanish favourites for the race included the de facto defending champion Marino Lejarreta, Julián Gorospe and Alberto Fernández.

Hinault took the leadership of the race after the fifth stage only to lose it the following day to Lejarreta. Lejarreta then won the stage 8 38 km (24 mi) mountain time trial and increased his lead over Hinault. On the stage from Zaragoza to Soria that was won by Saronni, Lejarreta had a fall and lost the jersey to Gorospe. Fernández took the leadership the following day. Lejarreta came back and won the stage 13 to Lagos de Covadonga. However Fernández kept the leader's jersey. On the following stage Álvaro Pino took the jersey and wore it for two days. Hinault won the individual time trial but did not win by enough time to take the jersey which passed again to Gorospe. Two days later Hinault's pace on the climb to Puerto de Serranillos was too hot for his opponents and he won the stage in Ávila and took back the leader's jersey[1] to win his second Vuelta and his eighth grand tour with Lejarreta second and Fernández in third. The great battle waged between Hinault and the Spanish riders has led to the 1983 race being described as its most spectacular edition.[1] In addition to this the start list for the 1983 Renault team at the Vuelta included Hinault, Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon, the only time they rode on the same team in a Grand Tour.[citation needed]

This victory proved costly for Hinault however, as due to a recurrent tendinitis issue that had developed in his knee, which he greatly aggravated on the climb to Puerto de Serranillos, Hinault was unable to ride in that year's Tour, where Fignon took over Team Renault.[2][3]

Teams and riders


List of stages[4][5]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 19 April Almussafes – Almussafes 6.8 km (4 mi) Individual time trial  Dominique Gaigne (FRA)
1 20 April AlmussafesCuenca 235 km (146 mi)  Juan Fernández (ESP)
2 21 April CuencaTeruel 152 km (94 mi)  Eric Vanderaerden (BEL)
3 22 April TeruelSant Carles de la Ràpita 241 km (150 mi)  Giuseppe Petito (ITA)
4 23 April Sant Carles de la RàpitaSant Quirze del Vallès 192 km (119 mi)  Laurent Fignon (FRA)
5 24 April Sant Quirze del VallèsCastellar de n'Hug 195 km (121 mi)  Alberto Fernández (ESP)
6 25 April La Pobla de LilletViella 235 km (146 mi)  Marino Lejarreta (ESP)
7 26 April LesSabiñánigo 137 km (85 mi)  Jesús Suárez Cueva (ESP)
8 27 April Sabiñánigo – Balneario de Panticosa [fr] 38 km (24 mi) Individual time trial  Marino Lejarreta (ESP)
9 28 April PanticosaAlfajarín 183 km (114 mi)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
10 29 April ZaragozaSoria 174 km (108 mi)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
11 30 April SoriaLogroño 185 km (115 mi)  Eric Vanderaerden (BEL)
12 1 May LogroñoBurgos 147 km (91 mi)  Noël Dejonckheere (BEL)
13 2 May Aguilar de CampooLakes of Covadonga 188 km (117 mi)  Marino Lejarreta (ESP)
14 3 May Cangas de OnísLeón 195 km (121 mi)  Carlos Hernández (ESP)
15a 4 May LeónValladolid 134 km (83 mi)  Pascal Poisson (FRA)
15b 4 May Valladolid – Valladolid 22 km (14 mi) Individual time trial  Bernard Hinault (FRA)
16 5 May ValladolidSalamanca 162 km (101 mi)  José Luis Laguía (ESP)
17 6 May SalamancaÁvila 216 km (134 mi)  Bernard Hinault (FRA)
18 7 May ÁvilaPalazuelos de Eresma (Destilerías DYC) 204 km (127 mi)  Jesús Hernández Úbeda (ESP)
19 8 May Palazuelos de Eresma (Destilerías DYC) – Madrid 135 km (84 mi)  Michael Wilson (AUS)
Total 3,398 km (2,111 mi)


Final General Classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 France Bernard Hinault Renault–Elf–Gitane 94h 28' 26"
2 Spain Marino Lejarreta Alfa Lum–Olmo + 1' 12"
3 Spain Alberto Fernández Zor–Gemeaz + 3' 58"
4 Spain Álvaro Pino Zor–Gemeaz + 5' 09"
5 Netherlands Hennie Kuiper Jacky Aernoudt–Rossin + 10' 26"
6 Spain Eduardo Chozas Olmo Zor–Gemeaz + 11' 11"
7 France Laurent Fignon Renault–Elf–Gitane + 11' 27"
8 Spain Pedro Muñoz Rodríguez Zor–Gemeaz + 12' 25"
9 Spain Vicente Belda Kelme + 13' 28"
10 Spain Faustino Rupérez Zor–Gemeaz + 13' 36"
11 Spain Guillermo de la Peña Hueso–Motta
12 Spain Julián Gorospe Reynolds–Galli
13 France Alain Vigneron Renault–Elf–Gitane
14 Italy Claudio Bortolotto Del Tongo–Colnago
15 Spain Pedro Delgado Reynolds–Galli
16 Spain José Antonio Cabrero Hueso–Motta
17 Spain Faustino Cueli Arce Teka
18 Italy Leonardo Natale Del Tongo–Colnago
19 Luxembourg Lucien Didier Renault–Elf–Gitane
20 Spain Angel De Las Heras Kelme
21 Spain Jesús Rodríguez Magro Zor–Gemeaz
22 Spain Jesús Hernández Úbeda Reynolds–Galli
23 Italy Roberto Ceruti Del Tongo–Colnago
24 Spain José Luis Laguía Reynolds–Galli
25 France Martial Gayant Renault–Elf–Gitane


  1. ^ a b "1983 General Information". La Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  2. ^ "Grand Prix des Nations 1984 :Le retour du Blaireau". Velo Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Vuelta|83 – Clasificaciones Oficiales" (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo. 9 May 1983. p. 35. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 April 2021.
  4. ^ "1983 » 38th Vuelta a Espana". Procyclingstats. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  5. ^ "38ème Vuelta a España 1983". Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Archived from the original on 25 October 2004.
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