1982 Vuelta a España
|Dates||20 April – 9 May|
|Stages||19 + Prologue, including 2 split stages|
|Distance||3,456 km (2,147 mi)|
|Winning time||95h 47' 23"|
|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)|
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 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.
Final General Classification
|1||Marino Lejarreta||Teka||95h 47' 23s|
|2||Michel Pollentier||Safir-Concorde||a 18s|
|3||Sven-Åke Nilsson||Wolber-Spidel||a 1' 17s|
|4||Faustino Ruperez Rincon||Zor-Helios||a 2' 14s|
|5||José Luis Laguía||Reynolds-Galli||a 2' 37s|
|6||Pierre-Raymond Villemiane||Wolber-Spidel||a 2' 43s|
|7||Stefan Mutter||Puch-Eurotex||a 4' 18s|
|8||Jaime Vilamajo Ipiens||Kelme-Merckx||a 4' 19s|
|9||Marc Durant||Wolber-Spidel||a 5' 10s|
|10||Álvaro Pino||Zor-Helios||a 5' 53s|
|11||Enrique Martinez Heredia||Kelme-Merckx|
|12||Celestino Prieto Rodriquez||Kelme-Merckx|
|17||Bernardo Alfonsel Lopez||Teka|
|24||Benny Van Brabant||Splendor-Wickes|
|25||Pedro Munoz Rodriguez||Zor-Helios|
- "1982 General Information". La Vuelta.com. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
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- "Heras won't be the first to lose the Vuelta after the fact". Velonews.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2008-01-18.