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1989 Vuelta a España

1989 Vuelta a España
Santos Hernandez (ONCE) and Pedro Delgado (Reynolds), during the race
Santos Hernandez (ONCE) and Pedro Delgado (Reynolds), during the race
Race details
Dates24 April - 15 May
Distance3,656 km (2,272 mi)
Winning time93h 01' 47"
Winner  Pedro Delgado (ESP) (Reynolds)
  Second  Fabio Parra (COL) (Kelme)
  Third  Óscar Vargas (COL) (Postobón–Manzana)

Points  Malcolm Elliott (GBR) (Teka)
Mountains  Óscar Vargas (COL) (Postobón–Manzana)
Youth  Ivan Ivanov (USSR) (Alfa Lum–STM)
Combination  Óscar Vargas (COL) (Postobón–Manzana)
Sprints  Miguel Ángel Iglesias (ESP) (Helios-CR)
  Team Kelme
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The 44th Edition Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from 24 April to 15 May 1989. It consisted of 22 stages covering a total of 3,656 km (2,272 mi),[1] and was won by Pedro Delgado of the Reynolds cycling team. The route was released on 21 January 1989.[1]

Fabio Parra during the final time trial from Valladolid to Medina del Campo where he started only 2 seconds behind Delgado
Pedro ‘Perico’ Delgado overtakes an opponent during the penultimate time trial

Pedro Delgado had won the previous Tour de France and was seen as the favourite for the race. Delgado came with a Reynolds team that contained Miguel Indurain, who had just won Paris–Nice and was also seen as a potential favourite. The first few days of the race saw the leaders jersey change shoulders from Gino de Bakker, Benny van Brabant and Roland LeClercq. The Colombian Omar Hernández took the lead on the sixth stage. On the 12th stage to Cerler, Delgado battled with four Colombians and won the stage. He won the stage 15 time trial, where Colombian Martin Farfan took the leader's jersey. On the following stage to Santander, Delgado took the jersey. However Delgado's team had a bad day several stages later, when Indurain fell and broke his wrist; Delgado had difficulty keeping the jersey from Fabio Parra. Parra was only two seconds behind Delgado on the general classification at one stage. The final time trial was the last chance for Parra to try to take the jersey from Delgado, but Delgado won and increased his lead to win his third grand tour.[2]


List of stages[1][3][4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 24 April A Coruña – A Coruña 21 km (13 mi)  Marnix Lameire (BEL)
2 25 April A Coruña – Santiago de Compostela 222 km (138 mi)  Joaquín Hernández (ESP)
3a 26 April Vigo – Vigo 35 km (22 mi) Team time trial Caja Rural
3b 26 April Vigo – Ourense 105 km (65 mi)  Malcolm Elliott (GBR)
4 27 April Orense – Pontevedra 163 km (101 mi)  Roberto Pagnin (ITA)
5 28 April La BañezaBéjar 260 km (162 mi)  Eddy Planckaert (BEL)
6 29 April Béjar – Ávila 195 km (121 mi)  Luc Suykerbuyk (NED)
7 30 April Avila – Toledo 165 km (103 mi)  Massimo Ghirotto (ITA)
8 1 May Toledo – Albacete 226 km (140 mi)  Stefano Allocchio (ITA)
9 2 May Albacete – Gandia 194 km (121 mi)  Reimund Dietzen (FRG)
10 3 May Gandia – Benicàssim 219 km (136 mi)  Herminio Díaz Zabala (ESP)
11 4 May VinaròsLleida 182 km (113 mi)  Malcolm Elliott (GBR)
12 5 May Lleida – Cerler 190 km (118 mi)  Pedro Delgado (ESP)
13 6 May BenasqueJaca 164 km (102 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
14 7 May Jaca – Zaragoza 166 km (103 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
15 8 May EzcarayValdezcaray 23 km (14 mi) Individual time trial  Pedro Delgado (ESP)
16 9 May HaroSantoña 193 km (120 mi)  Peter Hilse (FRG)
17 10 May Santoña – Lakes of Enol 225 km (140 mi)  Álvaro Pino (ESP)
18 11 May Cangas de Onís – Brañillín [es] 152 km (94 mi)  Ivan Ivanov (URS)
19 12 May LeónValladolid 157 km (98 mi)  Mathieu Hermans (NED)
20 13 May Valladolid – Medina del Campo 42 km (26 mi) Individual time trial  Pedro Delgado (ESP)
21 14 May Collado VillalbaPalazuelos de Eresma (Destillerias DYC) 187 km (116 mi)  Alberto Camargo (COL)
22 15 May Palazuelos de Eresma (Destilerias DYC) – Madrid 179 km (111 mi)  Jean-Pierre Heynderickx (BEL)
Total 3,656 km (2,272 mi)


Final General Classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Spain Pedro Delgado Reynolds 93h 01' 47s
2 Colombia Fabio Parra Kelme + 35s
3 Colombia Óscar Vargas Postobón + 3' 09s
4 Spain Federico Echave BH-Sport + 3' 24s
5 Spain Álvaro Pino BH-Sport + 4' 28s
6 Soviet Union Ivan Ivanov Alfa Lum + 5' 00s
7 Spain Iñaki Gastón Kelme + 7' 24s
8 Colombia Pedro Saúl Morales Kelme + 7' 59s
9 France Jean Claude Bagot R.M.O. + 8' 23s
10 Netherlands Luc Suykerbuyk Lotus-Zahor + 9' 44s
11 Spain Angel Ocana Perez Lotus-Zahor + 12' 08s
12 Colombia Martín Ramírez Café de Colombia + 12' 18s
13 Colombia Carlos Jaramillo Postobón + 12' 41s
14 Norway Jaanus Kuum AD Renting
15 Colombia José Martín Farfán Café de Colombia
16 Spain Jesús Blanco Villar Seur
17 Colombia Héctor Patarroyo Postobón
18 Spain Pello Ruiz Cabestany ONCE
19 Colombia Gerardo Moncada Postobón
20 Spain Marino Lejarreta Caja Rural-Orbea
21 Spain Enrique Aja Cagigas Teka
22 Spain Javier Murguialday BH Sport
23 Spain Jon Unzaga Bombin Seur
24 Spain Eduardo Chozas Olmo ONCE
25 France Didier Virvaleix Histor-Sigma


  1. ^ a b c Javier de Dalmases (January 22, 1989). "Vuelta-89: Mas de Todo" [Vuelta-89: All Over] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo S.A. p. 50. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Clasificaciones" [Classifications] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo S.A. 16 May 1989. p. 37. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Vuelta a España 1989". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. ^ "44ème Vuelta a España 1989". Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Archived from the original on 12 January 2005.
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