Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

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Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Race details
DateEarly February
RegionValencian Community, Spain
English nameTour of the Valencian Community
Local name(s)Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Valencian)
Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana (in Spanish)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
Web sitevueltacv.es Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition1929 (1929)
Editions70 (as of 2019)
First winner Salvador Cardona (ESP)
Most wins Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (3 wins)
Most recent Ion Izagirre (ESP)

The Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Valencian pronunciation: [ˈvɔlta a la komuniˈtad valensiˈana]; English: Tour of the Valencian Community or Tour of Valencia) is a road cycling stage race held in the Valencian Community (Comunitat Valenciana), Spain. Its position in the cycling calendar means it is often used as preparation for the spring classics or the grand tours which take place later in the season.

No editions of the race were held between 2008 and 2015 because of funding issues. A first attempt to revive it for the 2010–11 UCI Europe Tour was unsuccessful.[1] During 2015 a second attempt was started by Ángel Casero and his brother Rafael. In September the UCI granted the race a 2.1 status and made way for the return of the race which took place in early February.[2]

Results[edit]

Previous winners[edit]

Year Country Rider Team
1929  Spain Salvador Cardona Elvish-Fontan
1930  Spain Mariano Cañardo
1931  Spain Fédérico Ezquerra
1932  Spain Ricardo Montero
1933  Spain Antonio Escuriet
1934–
1939
No race
1940  Spain Fédérico Ezquerra
1941 No race
1942  Spain Julián Berrendero
1943  Spain Antonio Andres Sancho
1944  Spain Antonio Martin Eguia
1945–
1946
No race
1947  Spain Joaquin Olmos
1948  Spain Emilio Rodríguez
1949  Spain Joaquim Filba
1950–
1953
No race
1954  Spain Salvador Botella
1955  Spain Francesco Masip
1956  Spain René Marigil
1957  Spain Bernardo Ruiz
1958  Belgium Hilaire Couvreur
1959  Belgium Rik Van Looy
1960  Spain Fernando Manzaneque Faema
1961  Spain Salvador Botella
1962  Spain Fernando Manzaneque Wiel's-Roene Leeuw
1963  Spain José Martin Colmenarejo
1964  Spain Antonio Gómez del Moral
1965  Spain José Perez Frances Ferrys
1966  Spain Angelino Soler
1967  Spain José Pérez Francés Kas-Kaskol
1968  Spain Mariano Diaz
1969  Belgium Eddy Merckx Faemino–Faema
1970  Spain Ventura Diaz
1971  Spain José Lopez Rodriguez
1972  Spain Domingo Perurena Kas
1973  Spain José Antonio González Linares Kas-Kaskol
1974  Italy Marcello Bergamo
1975  Spain Vicente López Carril Kas-Kaskol
1976  Spain Gonzalo Aja Teka
1977  Sweden Bernt Johansson Fiorella
1978 No race
1979  Spain Vicente Belda Transmallorca
1980  Germany Klaus-Peter Thaler Teka
1981  Spain Alberto Fernández Teka
1982  Spain Pedro Muñoz
1983  Germany Raimund Dietzen Teka
1984  France Bruno Cornillet La Vie Claire
1985  Spain Jesús Blanco Villar
1986  France Bernard Hinault La Vie Claire
1987  Ireland Stephen Roche Carrera Jeans-Vagabond
1988   Switzerland Erich Mächler Carrera Jeans-Vagabond
1989  Spain Pello Ruiz Cabestany ONCE
1990  Netherlands Tom Cordes
1991  Spain Melchor Mauri ONCE
1992  Spain Melchor Mauri ONCE
1993  Spain Julián Gorospe Banesto
1994  Russia Viatcheslav Ekimov WordPerfect
1995   Switzerland Alex Zülle ONCE
1996  France Laurent Jalabert ONCE
1997  Spain Juan Carlos Domínguez Kelme
1998  France Pascal Chanteur Casino
1999  Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Ag2r Prévoyance
2000  Spain Abraham Olano ONCE
2001   Switzerland Fabian Jeker Milaneza-MSS
2002   Switzerland Alex Zülle Team Coast
2003  Italy Dario Frigo Fassa Bortolo
2004  Spain Alejandro Valverde Kelme-Costa Blanca
2005  Italy Alessandro Petacchi Fassa Bortolo
2006  Spain Antonio Colom Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
2007  Spain Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne
2008  Spain Rubén Plaza S.L. Benfica
2009–
2015
No race
2016  Netherlands Wout Poels Team Sky
2017  Colombia Nairo Quintana Movistar Team
2018  Spain Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
2019  Spain Ion Izagirre Astana

Multiple winners[edit]

Number of wins Rider Editions
3 wins Alejandro Valverde 2004, 2007, 2018
2 wins Salvador Botella 1954, 1961
Fédérico Ezquerra 1931, 1940
José Pérez Francés 1965, 1967
Fernando Manzaneque 1906, 1962
Melcior Mauri 1991, 1992
Alex Zülle 1995, 2002

References[edit]

General
  • "Vuelta Ciclista a la Communidad Valenciana – Race profile". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
Specific
  1. ^ "La Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana tampoco verá la luz en 2011 (Comunicado)". Biciciclismo.com (in Spanish). 2 December 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana to return to UCI calendar in 2016". Cyclingnews.com. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.