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Vuelta a Espana 1982

The 37th Edition Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the three grand tours, was held from 20 April to 9 May 1982. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 3,456 km (2,147 mi), and was won by Marino Lejarreta of the Teka cycling team.

The Reynolds team controlled the race after team leader Ángel Arroyo took the leader’s jersey on the tenth stage. Arroyo kept the jersey until the finish of the race where he won the final individual time trial. Arroyo won the grand tour ahead of Marino Lejarreta and Michel Pollentier. However 48 hours after his win, it emerged that in the doping control that was conducted after the stage 17 Arroyo tested positive. Three other riders also failed the doping test after stage 17: Alberto Fernández, Vicente Belda and Pedro Muñoz.

The four riders were said to have tested positive for Methylphenidate (which is also known as Ritalin) a stimulant. Methylphenidate was a popular drug for doping in cycling at that time. Arroyo and his team denied the allegations and asked for a second analysis of the sample. The B analysis confirmed the first positive test.

Arroyo was assigned a 10-minute penalty and stripped of his Vuelta win which was given to Lejarreta. With the 10-minute penalty Arroyo went down to 13th place in the classification.

The disqualification of the winner of the Vuelta has been called the worst scandal that has ever hit the race on the official La Vuelta website.

1982 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 20 April – 9 May
Stages 19 + Prologue, including 2 split stages
Distance 3,456 km (2,147 mi)
Winning time 95h 47′ 23″
Results
Winner  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) (Teka)
Second  Michel Pollentier (BEL) (Safir)
Third  Sven-Åke Nilsson (SWE) (Wolber)

Points  Stefan Mutter (SUI) (Puch – Eurotex)
Mountains  José Luis Laguía (ESP) (Reynolds)
Sprints  Benny Schepmans (BEL) (Van de Ven – Moser)
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Route

List of stages
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 20 April Santiago de Compostela – Santiago de Compostela 6.7 km (4 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Marc Gomez (FRA)
1a 21 April Santiago de Compostela – A Coruña 97 km (60 mi)  Eddy Planckaert (BEL)
1b 21 April A Coruña – Lugo 97 km (60 mi)  Eddy Planckaert (BEL)
2 22 April Lugo – Gijón 240 km (149 mi)  Eddy Planckaert (BEL)
3 23 April Gijón – Santander 208 km (129 mi)  Eddy Planckaert (BEL)
4 24 April Santander – Reinosa 196 km (122 mi)  Antonio Coll (ESP)
5 25 April Reinosa – Logroño 230 km (143 mi)  Ángel Camarillo (ESP)
6 26 April Logroño – Zaragoza 190 km (118 mi)  José Luis Laguía (ESP)
7 27 April Zaragoza – Sabiñánigo 146 km (91 mi)  Enrique Martínez Heredia (ESP)
8 28 April Sabiñánigo – Lleida 216 km (134 mi)  Jesús Hernández Úbeda (ESP)
9 29 April Artesa de Segre – Puigcerdà 182 km (113 mi)  José Luis Laguía (ESP)
10 30 April Puigcerdà – Sant Quirze del Vallès 181 km (112 mi)  Sven-Åke Nilsson (SWE)
11 1 May Sant Quirze del Vallès – Barcelona 143 km (89 mi)  José Luis Laguía (ESP)
12 2 May Salou – Nules 200 km (124 mi)  Eddy Planckaert (BEL)
13 3 May Nules – Antella 195 km (121 mi)  José Recio (ESP)
14 4 May Antella – Albacete 153 km (95 mi)  Dominique Arnaud (FRA)
15a 5 May Albacete – Tomelloso 119 km (74 mi)  Eddy Vanhaerens (BEL)
15b 5 May Tomelloso – Campo de Criptana 35 km (22 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Ángel Arroyo (ESP)
16 6 May Campo de Criptana – San Fernando de Henares 176 km (109 mi)  Willy Sprangers [fr] (BEL)
17 7 May San Fernando de Henares – Navacerrada 178 km (111 mi)  Marino Lejarreta (ESP)
18 8 May Palazuelos de Eresma (Destilerías DYC) – Palazuelos de Eresma (Destilerías DYC) 184 km (114 mi)  Juan Fernández (ESP)
19 9 May Madrid – Madrid 84 km (52 mi)  Eddy Vanhaerens (BEL)
Total 3,456 km (2,147 mi)

Results

Final General Classification

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Spain Marino Lejarreta Teka 95h 47′ 23″
2 Belgium Michel Pollentier Safir-Concorde + 18″
3 Sweden Sven-Åke Nilsson Wolber-Spidel + 1′ 17″
4 Spain Faustino Ruperez Rincon Zor-Helios + 2′ 14″
5 Spain José Luis Laguía Reynolds-Galli + 2′ 37″
6 France Pierre-Raymond Villemiane Wolber-Spidel + 2′ 43″
7 Switzerland Stefan Mutter Puch-Eurotex + 4′ 18″
8 Spain Jaime Vilamajo Ipiens Kelme-Merckx + 4′ 19s
9 France Marc Durant Wolber-Spidel + 5′ 10″
10 Spain Álvaro Pino Zor-Helios + 5′ 53″
11 Spain Enrique Martinez Heredia Kelme-Merckx
12 Spain Celestino Prieto Rodriquez Kelme-Merckx
13 Spain Ángel Arroyo Reynolds-Galli
14 Spain Eduardo Chozas Zor-Helios
15 Spain Alberto Fernandez Teka
16 Belgium Paul Wellens Splendor-Wickes
17 Spain Bernardo Alfonsel Lopez Teka
18 Spain Vicente Belda Kelme-Merckx
19 Spain Ismael Lejarreta Teka
20 Spain Juan Fernández Kelme-Merckx
21 Netherlands Jo Maas Splendor-Wickes
22 France Dominique Arnaud Wolber-Spidel
23 Spain Luis-Vicente Otin Hueso
24 Belgium Benny Van Brabant Splendor-Wickes
25 Spain Pedro Munoz Rodriguez Zor-Helios
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