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Vuelta a España (An Earlier World Cup of Football)

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Vuelta a España
Race details
Region Spain
Discipline Road
Competition Professional and Annual
First edition 1935
First winner Flag of Belgium Gustaaf Deloor

The Vuelta a España (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbwelta a esˈpaɲa]; English: Tour of Spain) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Inspired by the success of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the race was first organized in 1935. But the race was prevented from being run by the Spanish Civil War and World War II in the early years of its existence.



Vuelta a España general classification winners
Year Country Cyclist Sponsor/team Distance Time Margin Stage wins
1935 Belgium Belgium Gustaaf Deloor - 3,425 km (2,128 mi) 120h 00' 07" + 16' 55" 3
1936 Belgium Belgium Gustaaf Deloor - 4,354 km (2,705 mi) 150h 07' 54" +15' 55" 4


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