Vuelta a Murcia

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Vuelta a Murcia
Race details
Date Early-March
Region Murcia, Spain
English name Tour of Murcia
Local name(s) Vuelta Ciclistica a la Region di Murcia
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race (until 2012)
One-day race (2013 onwards)
History
First edition 1981 (1981)
Editions 34 (as of 2014)
First winner  Pedro Delgado (ESP)
Most wins  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (4 wins)
Most recent  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)

The Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia (English: Tour of Murcia) is a road bicycle race held in and around Murcia, Spain. Originally the race consisted of five stages. However, due to financial troubles, the race consisted of three stages in 2011 and only two stages in 2012.[1] It is part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 2.1 event.[2] The first four editions were reserved to amateurs.

Controversy[edit]

All Italian teams were banned from taking part in 2010 edition of the race by the race organizers. This decision was made due to the banning of Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde by the Italian Olympic Committee due to his links with the Operación Puerto blood doping ring.[3]

In 2011 Alberto Contador won both the overall and points classification after winning Stage 2 and the Stage 3 individual time trial. However in February 2012 he was suspended and all his results after July 2010 were voided, awarding Jérôme Coppel of Saur-Sojasun the overall victory.[4]

Past winners[edit]

Rider Team
1981 Spain Delgado, PedroPedro Delgado (ESP)
1982 Spain Sanchis, SalvadorSalvador Sanchis (ESP)
1983 Spain Cedena, Francisco JavierFrancisco Javier Cedena (ESP)
1984 Spain Martinez, RicardoRicardo Martinez (ESP)
1985 Spain Recio, JoseJosé Recio (ESP) Kelme
1986 Spain Indurain, MiguelMiguel Indurain (ESP) Reynolds
1987 Spain Ruiz Cabestany, PelloPello Ruiz Cabestany (ESP) Caja Rural-Seat
1988 Spain Hernández, CarlosCarlos Hernández (ESP) Teka
1989 Spain Alonso, MarinoMarino Alonso (ESP) Teka
1990 Netherlands Cordes, TomTom Cordes (NED) Buckler-Colnago-Decca
1991 Spain Villanueva, José LuisJosé Luis Villanueva (ESP) ONCE
1992 Colombia Mejia, AlvaroÁlvaro Mejía (COL) Postobón
1993 Spain Galarreta, CarlosCarlos Galarreta (ESP) Deportpublic
1994 Spain Mauri, MelchorMelchor Mauri (ESP) Banesto
1995 Italy Baffi, AdrianoAdriano Baffi (ITA) Mapei-GB
1996 Spain Mauri, MelchorMelchor Mauri (ESP) ONCE
1997 Spain Domínguez, Juan CarlosJuan Carlos Domínguez (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
1998 Italy Elli, AlbertoAlberto Elli (ITA) Casino-Ag2r
1999 Italy Pantani, MarcoMarco Pantani (ITA) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi
2000 Spain Cañada, DavidDavid Cañada (ESP) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
2001 Spain González, AitorAitor González (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2002 Colombia Peña, Victor HugoVíctor Hugo Peña (COL) US Postal
2003 Spain Pascual Llorente, JavierJavier Pascual Llorente (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2004 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme
2005 Spain Gil, KoldoKoldo Gil (ESP) Liberty Seguros-Würth
2006 Spain González, SantosSantos González (ESP) 3 Molinos Resort
2007 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2008 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2009 Russia Menchov, DenisDenis Menchov (RUS) Rabobank
2010 Czech Republic Raboň, FrantišekFrantišek Raboň (CZE) Team HTC-Columbia
2011 France Coppel, JérômeJérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur-Sojasun
2012 Colombia Quintana, NairoNairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team
2013 Spain Navarro, DanielDaniel Navarro (ESP) Cofidis
2014 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Economic crisis hits Tour of Murcia". Cyclingnews (Future Publishing Limited). 6 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "2012 UCI Road Calendar". Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tour of Murcia bars Italian teams". Cyclingnews (Future Publishing Limited). 5 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Stokes, Shane (6 February 2012). "Confirmed: Contador handed two year doping ban,loses 2010 Tour title". VeloNation. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 

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