1981 Vuelta a España

1981 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 21 April – 10 May
Stages 19
Distance 3,446 km (2,141 mi)
Winning time 98h 04' 49"
Winner  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) (Inoxpran)
Second  Pedro Muñoz Machín Rodríguez (ESP) (Zor-Helios)
Third  Vicente Belda (ESP) (Kelme–Gios)

Points  Francisco Javier Cedena (ESP) (Colchon C.R.)
Mountains  José Luis Laguía (ESP) (Reynolds)
Sprints  Hugues Grondin (FRA) (Manzaneque)
Team Zor

The 36th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 21 to May 10, 1981. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 3446 km, and was won by Giovanni Battaglin of the Inoxpran cycling team.

Regis Clere won the prologue of the race and kept the leader’s jersey until the mountain time trial where on the very long climb to Sierra Nevada, Giovanni Battaglin won the stage and took over the leader’s jersey. The only threat to Battaglin’s lead was Pedro Muñoz.[1] The entire Teka team withdrew from the race withdrawing potential favourites Marino Lejarreta and Alberto Fernández.[2] Battaglin and his Inoxpran team withstood the challenge from the Spanish and brought Battaglin to his first grand tour victory.[3] Three days later after Battaglin’s triumph in Spain, he began the 1981 Giro d'Italia which he would win becoming the second rider after Eddy Merckx to win the Vuelta-Giro double.

Final Standings

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[4]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Inoxpran 98h 04' 49s
2  Pedro Muñoz Machín Rodríguez (ESP) Zor-Helios +2' 09s
3  Vicente Belda (ESP) Kelme-Gios +2' 29s
4 Jorgen Marcussen (DEN) Inoxpran +3' 33s
5 Antonio Coll Pantanilla (ESP) Colchon C.R. +4' 26s
6 Ángel Arroyo (ESP) Zor-Helios +4' 30s
7 José Luis Laguía (ESP) Reynolds-Galli +6' 05s
8 Faustino Rupérez (ESP) Zor-Helios +7' 09s
9 Régis Clère (FRA) Miko-Mercier +7' 23s
10 Miguel María Lasa (ESP) Zor-Helios +10' 54s

Team classification

Final team classification[4]
Rank Team Time
1 Zor Helios 294h 09' 15"
2 Inoxpran +17'14"
3 Colchon CR +43'04"
4 Kelme +1h05'01"
5 Miko Mercier +1h19'31"
6 Reynolds +1h48'41"
7 H.B. +2h06'31"
8 Manzaneque +2h30'41"

Points classification

Final points classification[4]
Rank Rider Team Points
1 Francisco Javier Cedena (ESP) Colchon 211
2 Jesus Suarez Cueva (ESP) Kelme 137
3 Miguel Maria Lasa (ESP) Zor 134

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification[4]
Rank Rider Team Points
1 José Luis Laguia (ESP) Reynolds 144
2 Vicente Belda (ESP) Kelme 98
3 José Luis Lopez Cerron (ESP) Zor 69
4 Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Inoxpran 60
5 Pedro Munoz (ESP) Zor 57

Sprints classification

Final sprints classification[4]
Rank Rider Team Points
1 Hugues Grondin (FRA) Manzaneque 21
2 Miguel Acha (ESP) Reynolds 12
3 Jesus Suarez Cueva (ESP) Kelme 10


  1. "1981 General Information". La Vuelta.com. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  2. "1982 General Information". La Vuelta.com. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  3. "Battaglin flies among the nest of eagles". Bellati sport.com. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "ClasificacioManzanequenes oficiales" (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 11 May 1981. Retrieved 7 August 2011.

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