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1988 Vuelta a España

1988 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates25 April – 15 May
Stages20 + Prologue
Distance3,425 km (2,128 mi)
Winning time89h 19' 23"
Winner  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Kas–Canal 10)
  Second  Reimund Dietzen (GER) (Teka)
  Third  Anselmo Fuerte (ESP) (BH)

Points  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Kas–Canal 10)
Mountains  Álvaro Pino (ESP) (BH)
Youth  Carlos Muñiz [es] (ESP) (CLAS)
Combination  Sean Kelly (IRL) (Kas–Canal 10)
Sprints  Miguel Ángel Iglesias (ESP) (Helios–CR [es])
  Team BH
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The 1988 Vuelta a España was the 43rd Edition Vuelta a España, taking place from 25 April to 15 May 1988. It was a bicycle race which consisted of 20 stages over 3,425 km (2,128 mi), ridden at an average speed of 38.506 km/h (23.927 mph). Sean Kelly started the race as the principal favourite after performance in the 1987 Vuelta a España in which he was leading the General classification with several days remaining in the race when he was forced to withdraw due to injury. Luis "Lucho" Herrera returned to defend his title while 1985 Vuelta winner Pedro Delgado had decided to ride the 1988 Giro d'Italia in preparation for the 1988 Tour de France. The BH team directed by Javier Mínguez, presented solid opposition with the strong climbers Álvaro Pino (winner of the 1986 Vuelta a España) and Anselmo Fuerte. In the end, Kelly won the race and became the first Irish winner of the Vuelta a España, completing a hat-trick of consecutive Irish Grand Tour victories: Stephen Roche having won the 1987 Giro d'Italia and the 1987 Tour de France.[1]


The first stage introduced an innovative format of five heats, each with two riders per team, with the team leaders appearing in the final heat.[2]

List of stages[3][4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner GC leader
1 25 April Santa Cruz de Tenerife 17.4 km (10.8 mi) Individual time trial  Ettore Pastorelli [fr] (ITA)  Ettore Pastorelli [fr] (ITA)
2 26 April San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
210 km (130 mi)  Iñaki Gastón (ESP)  Laudelino Cubino (ESP)
3 27 April Las PalmasLas Palmas 34 km (21 mi) Team time trial BH
4 28 April Alcalá del RíoBadajoz 210 km (130 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
5 29 April BadajozBéjar 234 km (145 mi)  Francisco Navarro (ESP)
6 30 April BéjarValladolid 202 km (126 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
7 1 May ValladolidLeón 160 km (99 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
8 2 May León–Brañillín [es] 176.7 km (109.8 mi)  Álvaro Pino (ESP)
9 3 May OviedoMonte Naranco 6.8 km (4.2 mi) Individual time trial  Álvaro Pino (ESP)
10 4 May OviedoSantander 197.3 km (122.6 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
11 5 May SantanderValdezcaray 217.2 km (135.0 mi)  Sean Kelly (IRL)
12 6 May LogroñoJaca 197.5 km (122.7 mi)  Sean Yates (GBR)
13 7 May JacaCerler 178.2 km (110.7 mi)  Fabio Parra (COL)
14 8 May BenasqueAndorra 190.3 km (118.2 mi)  Iñaki Gastón (ESP)
15 9 May La Seu d'UrgellSant Quirze del Vallès 166 km (103 mi)  Johnny Weltz (DEN)
16 10 May ValenciaAlbacete 192 km (119 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)  Anselmo Fuerte (ESP)
17 11 May AlbaceteToledo 244.4 km (151.9 mi)  Malcolm Elliott (GBR)
18 12 May ToledoÁvila 212.5 km (132.0 mi)  Juan Martínez Oliver (ESP)
19 13 May ÁvilaSegovia 150 km (93 mi)  Ángel Ocaña (ESP)
20 14 May Las RozasVillalba 30 km (19 mi) Individual time trial  Sean Kelly (IRL)  Sean Kelly (IRL)
21 15 May VillalbaMadrid 202 km (126 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
Total 3,425 km (2,128 mi)


Final General classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly Kas-Mavic 89h 19' 23"
2 Germany Reimund Dietzen Teka-Mavi-Alanc + 1' 27"
3 Spain Anselmo Fuerte BH + 1' 29"
4 Spain Laudelino Cubino BH + 2' 17"
5 Colombia Fabio Parra Pinto Kelme + 2' 25"
6 United Kingdom Robert Millar Fagor-MBK + 3' 22"
7 Spain Jesús Blanco Villar Teka-Mavi-Alanc + 8' 19"
8 Spain Álvaro Pino BH + 8' 25"
9 Belgium Eddy Schepers Fagor-MBK + 9' 45"
10 Spain Roberto Córdoba Asensi BH + 10' 28"
11 France Éric Caritoux Kas-Mavic
12 Colombia William Palacio Navarro Reynolds-Pinarello
13 Spain Federico Echave Musatadi BH
14 Spain Jokin Mújika Aramburu Caja Rural–Orbea
15 Italy Franco Votolo Carrera Jeans–Vagabond
16 Colombia Martín Ramírez Café de Colombia
17 Spain José Luis Laguía Reynolds-Pinarello
18 Spain Mariano Sanchez Martinez Teka-Mavi-Alanc
19 Republic of Ireland Martin Earley Kas-Mavic
20 Colombia Luis Herrera Café de Colombia
21 Colombia Carlos Jaramillo Postobón
22 Netherlands Luc Suykerbuyk Zahor Chocolates
23 Spain Pello Ruiz Cabestany Kas-Mavic
24 Spain Vicente Ridaura Caja Rural–Orbea
25 Spain Juan Tomas Martinez Gutierrez Zahor Chocolates

KOM Classification

Cyclist Team Points
1 Spain Álvaro Pino BH 100
2 Spain Anselmo Fuerte BH 62
3 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly KAS 60

Points Classification

Cyclist Team Points
1 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly KAS 248
2 Netherlands Mathieu Hermans CAJ 166
3 Belgium Benny Van Brabant ZAH 138

Team classification

Team Country Time
1 BH  Spain -

Best First Year Professional

Cyclist Team Time
1 Spain Carlos Muñiz Menéndez CLAS


  1. ^ "Clasificaciones" [Classifications] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo S.A. 16 May 1988. p. 52. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 August 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  2. ^ Una primera etapa innovadora produjo el desconcierto en el pelotón de la Vuelta – Robert Álvarez, El País, 26 April 1988
  3. ^ "1988 » 43rd Vuelta a Espana". Procyclingstats. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  4. ^ "43ème Vuelta a España 1988". Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Archived from the original on 25 October 2004.
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