Delio Rodríguez: Vuelta Stage Win Report Holder

Vuelta Rider Characteristic: Eddy Merckx and Mark Cavendish collectively maintain the document of Tour de France wins – 34. However with the Vuelta a España beginning on the finish of the month (August twenty sixth), who holds the document in Spain? Delio Rodríguez received a complete of 39 stage wins within the Spanish Grand Tour. I had learn the title within the document books, however knew nothing of the person. Right here is his story:


Delio Rodríguez nonetheless holds the document for Vuelta a España stage victories with 39, which is sort of double that of second positioned Alessandro Petacchi, who received 20. Delio Rodríguez Barros was born in April 1916 and died on the 14th January 1994. Within the 1941 Vuelta a España he received twelve stage and eight extra the following 12 months, however was by no means within the high 5 general. Then because of the second World Warfare, the occasion was not held in 1943 and 1944. In 1945 Rodríguez wished to win general, which he did by getting in an early break and successful stage 2 by over a half-hour. On the end in Madrid he was the general winner by 30:08 forward of second positioned Julián Berrendero. He additionally received six levels and the factors classification, too. In 1947, he completed third general, and took eight extra stage wins. His 39 stage wins have been taken in solely 5 Vueltas and he nonetheless holds the document for stage wins within the Vuelta at this time. Nobody has been in a position to take that document away from him, not even 28 years after his dying, in 1994.


These are the information, however there may be way more to the person from Ponteareas within the north west of Spain, close to the border with Portugal.

In 1945, in solely the fifth Tour of Spain cycle race, a humble athlete conquered Olympus on two wheels, at a time when the game was solely made for titans. That 12 months, Delio Rodríguez received the la Vuelta a España, the best success of a profession filled with triumphs.


Three-quarters of a century in the past, Delio Rodríguez rode the race of his of life. Within the first stage of the 1945 Vuelta, Julián Berrendero had ridden with authority, he was an amazing determine of the time, winner of the 1941 and 1942 editions and Tour de France King of the Mountains in 1936. Berrendero, who was nicknamed the Negro with Blue Eyes (negro con ojos azules), had skilled in France, the place he took refuge throughout the Civil Warfare, and that 1945 version appeared designed for him. On the finish of the primary day, he was already 6 minutes forward of Rodríguez on the general standings. However destiny had reserved the following day for Delio Rodríguez.


In an unimaginable stage between Salamanca and Cáceres, beneath gentle rain, he received right into a break with different riders, all of them dropped off with the passing of the kilometres. Solely Rodríguez resisted till the tip, in an epic trip the place he reached the end line quarter-hour forward of the second positioned rider and half an hour forward of the favourites. Julián Berrendero may do nothing within the remaining 17 levels, besides lower a couple of seconds off Delio, who triumphantly entered Madrid in his leaders jersey on Might 31, 1945, with a bonus of greater than half-hour on the overall classification and the best success of his profession.


The story of Delio Rodríguez is of huge benefit. He needed to construct his first bicycle himself, in his father’s workshop. He turned knowledgeable by dint of coaching on the battered roads of his area, dreaming that the Picaraña was the Col du Tourmalet. He quickly caught the eye {of professional} biking and was invited to the second version of the Vuelta a España, in 1936. A nasty 12 months for his debut, as a result of the Civil Warfare broke out and he was referred to as as much as change his race jersey for a navy uniform.


After the Civil Warfare, in 1939, he was in a position to pedal once more and within the Tour of Catalonia in 1939 they are saying that his bike was stolen on the finish of a stage. He had gone right into a ironmongery store to purchase some elements and, when he got here out, his race bike had disappeared. The Civil Guard positioned the thief hours later attributable to one element: His title, Delio Rodríguez, was painted on the body.


After that, there have been many successes and victories within the nice races. He additionally tried his luck on the worldwide calendar, contesting two excursions of Switzerland. However his nice triumph would are available 1945 within the Vuelta Ciclista a España. In that version he would additionally win six levels, to proceed constructing his unbeatable document of 39 victories. He additionally has one other present document, the one with the best successful margin to the second rider on the general, along with his half-hour and eight seconds over Berrendero.


In Vigo, he’s additionally remembered for his bike enterprise and since his title has all the time been a beacon for biking followers. And he was an instance for one more Ponteareas champion, Álvaro Pino, along with his memorable Vuelta a España in 1986, in a legendary version by which he defeated Laurent Fignon, Sean Kelly, Robert Millar and Perico Delgado.


However the pioneer was Delio Rodríguez. Who, as well as, can nonetheless boast of data that appear unattainable. It’s now 77 years since that historic Vuelta Ciclista a España.

Rodríguez additionally had two youthful brothers, Emilio and Manolo, they have been additionally skilled cyclists. Within the 1950 Vuelta a España, Emilio received the general and Manolo was second.


The palmarès of Delio Rodríguez:

1st GP San Froilan Lugo

2nd Clasica a los Puertos
sixth General Volta a Catalunya

1st General GP Agustin
1st Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4

1st General Vuelta a Alava
1st Levels 1, 2 & 3

1st General Madrid-Salamanca-Madrid
1st Levels 1 & 2

Volta a Catalunya
1st Levels 1 & 2

1st Stage 1b Trofeo Masferrer
2nd General Circuito del Norte
1st Levels 1 & 2

third General Vuelta a Cantabria
1st Stage 1

third Clasica a los Puertos

1st General Vuelta a Alava
1st Levels 1 & 2

Volta a Catalunya
1st Levels 4, 5, 6 & 9

Circuito del Norte
1st Levels 1, 3, 6 & 7

Vuelta a Navarra
1st Levels 2 & 4

1st Subida al Naranco
4th General Vuelta a España
1st Levels 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16a (ITT), 16b, 17, 18 & 19

Volta a Catalunya
1st Levels 7 & 9

third General Circuito Castilla-Leon-Asturias
1st Levels 1, 3, 5, 6 & 8

seventh General Vuelta a España
1st Levels 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 (ITT), 12 & 14

Volta a Catalunya
1st Levels 3, 6 & 9

1st Stage 3 GP Ayutamiento de Bilbao
1st Subida al Naranco
third Circuito Castilla-Leon-Asturias
1st Stage 2 & 4

Volta a Catalunya
1st Levels 1, 2 & 3

Vuelta a Cantabria
1st Levels 1 & 2

third General Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6

1st General Vuelta a España
1st Factors classification
1st Levels 2, 8, 9, 14, 16 & 18

1st General Tour of Galicia
1st Levels 2b, 5b & 7

Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Levels 4, 5, 6 & 7

fifth General Vuelta a España
1st Levels 13, 14, 15 & 17

Vuelta a Asturias
1st Levels 2 & 10

1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Burgos
2nd Clasica a los Puertos
third General Vuelta a España
1st Factors classification
1st Levels 1, 5, 8, 10, 14, 15, 18 & 23

third General Tour of Galicia
1st Levels 5 & 6

Volta a Portugal
1st Levels 2, 3 & 11

seventh General Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Levels 1, 3 & 6

Delio Rodriguez

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