1992 Vuelta a España
|Dates||27 April - 17 May|
|Stages||20 + Prologue, including one split stage|
|Distance||3,395 km (2,110 mi)|
|Winning time||96h 14' 50"|
The 47th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 27 to May 17, 1992. It consisted of 20 stages covering a total of 3395 km, and was won by Tony Rominger of the Clas-Cajastur cycling team.
Race preview and favorites
Among the starters in Jerez de la Frontera were such big names as Erik Breukink, Robert Millar, Steven Rooks and Stephen Roche. However, none of them seemed to arrive in good form, and none of them lived up to their reputation. Among the locals, the defending champion Melchor Mauri, Pedro Delgado and Laudelino Cubino were the favorites.
The first decisive stage was the first individual time trial, won by Dutch rider Erik Breukink. The big surprise that day was pure climber Jesús Montoya who managed second on the stage and took the leader's jersey. Rominger, suffering from a concussion and a knee injury due to an earlier crash, lost almost three minutes.
Two days later, during the queen stage in the Pyrenees, with 5 major mountain passes ending with the ascensions of the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden, the names of the contenders became clear, as Mauri lost over forty minutes and Rominger dropped the other contenders on the final climb, to finish second to the stage winner Lale Cubino who had spent the day in a breakaway. Cubino, who until then seemed like a candidate for the overall win, lost time on the ascension of Lagos de Covadonga, where Delgado took the stage and rose to second overall. Montoya limited his losses to Delgado, and Rominger finished right with him after being initially dropped.
As Montoya and Delgado closely marked each other's attacks, they were unable to increase their advantage on Rominger who took the lead with a commanding performance in the final flat time trial. After this, Montoya and Delgado joined forces over the final mountain stage, but were unable to unseat Rominger who once again won the stage.
Thus, Rominger became the first Swiss rider to win the Vuelta. He was joined on the final podium by Jesús Montoya and Pedro Delgado.
Final General Classification
|1||Tony Rominger||CLAS-Cajastur||96h 14' 50"|
|2||Jesús Montoya||Amaya Seguros||1' 04"|
|3||Pedro Delgado||Banesto||1' 42"|
|4||Marco Giovannetti||Gatorade - Chateau D'ax||5' 19"|
|5||Federico Echave||CLAS-Cajastur||5' 34"|
|6||Laudelino Cubino||Amaya Seguros||6' 24"|
|7||Fabio Parra||Amaya Seguros||7' 24"|
|8||Raúl Alcalá||PDM-Concorde||12' 50"|
|9||Francisco Javier Mauleón||CLAS-Cajastur||15' 44"|
|10||Steven Rooks||Buckler||18' 57"|
|11||Gert-Jan Theunisse||TVM-Sanyo||19' 39"|
|12||Pedro Ruiz Cabestany||Gatorada-Chateaux d'Ax||19' 41"|
|14||Stephen Roche||Carrera Jeans–Vagabond|
|16||Hernán Buenahora||Kelme-Don Café|
|22||Carlos Hernández Bailo||Lotus-Festina|
|23||Jon Unzaga Bombin||Clas-Cajastur|
|25||Luis Perez Garcia||Lotus-Festina|