1982 Vuelta a España

1982 Vuelta a España

The 37th "Vuelta a España" (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from April 20 to May 9, 1982. It consisted of 19 stages covering a total of 3456 km, and was won by Marino Lejarreta of the Teka cycling team.

The Reynolds team controlled the race after team leader Angel 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 position. 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.cite web|url= http://www.lavuelta.com/05/ingles/historia/82infor.asp?a=1982&s=infor&t=infor&e=1
title=1982 General Information|publisher=La Vuelta.com|accessdate=2008-01-18
] Methylphenidate was a popular drug for doping in cycling at that time. [cite paper|title=Doping in cyclism: results of unannounced controls in Flanders (1987-1994).
author=Delbeke FT.|publisher=International Journal Sports Medicine|date=Aug.1996|id=17(6):434-8
] 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. [cite web|url=http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/9203.0.html|title=Heras won’t be the first to lose the Vuelta after the fact|publisher=Velonews.com|accessdate=2008-01-18] 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.


Final General Classification


External links

* [http://www.lavuelta.com/ La Vuelta (Official site in Spanish, English, and French)]

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