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Valverde second oldest world champion

Alejandro Valverde became the second oldest world champion by winning today’s world championship. Only Joop Zoetemelk in 1985 was older then Valverde today. 

Alejandro Valverde is the seventh rider to win all medals at the world championship after André Darrigade, Theo Middelkamp, Ferdi Kübler, Felice Gimondi, Giuseppe Saronni & Moreno Argentin. 

Michael Woods became the first Canadian rider on the podium of the world championship since Steve Bauer in 1984. 

Oldest winner world championship

AgeYearRiderNat
38-2721985Joop ZoetemelkNED
38-1582018Alejandro ValverdeSPA
35-2061955Stan OckersBEL
35-2052002Mario CipolliniITA
33-3491953Fausto CoppiITA

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Fourth world title for Terpstra

Niki Terpstra conquered today his fourth world title team time trial. He’s the only rider to be part of the winning team four times. 

Most world team time trial titles by a rider (sponsor teams)

#RiderNat
4Niki TerpstraNED
3Tony MartinDUI
3Peter VelitsSVK
2Sylvain ChavanelFRA
2Rohan DennisAUS
2Silvan DillierSUI
2Bob JungelsLUX
2Yves LampaertBEL
2Daniel OssITA
2Manuel QuinziatoITA
2Jurgen VandewalleBEL
Posted in Cycling Road Vuelta a Espana

73rd Vuelta a Espana in facts and figures

Simon Yates has won the 73rd Vuelta a Espana and Great Britain has won all three Grand Tours this year. Great Britain is the third country to do so after France in 1964 and Spain in 2008. Great Britain is the first country to do this with three different riders.

Great Britain is the first country since the start of Vuelta history to win five consecutive Grand Tours. Italy is the last country to win 5 successive Grand Tours in 1924-1926 (only Giro & Tour).

Yates is the second British rider to win the Vuelta a Espana after Chris Froome last year.

It is the youngest podium of a Grand Tour since Giro 1965. Yates, Mas and Lopez have an average age of 24.8. The youngest Grand Tour podium was in Tour 1904 with an average age of 22.4.

Elia Viviani claimed seven stage wins in a Grand Tour this year, most for a rider in a single year since Mark Cavendish won 7 in 2013.

Thomas de Gendt is the first Belgium rider to win a mountain classification in a Grand Tour since Lucien Van Impe in Tour de France 1983 and the first to do so in Vuelta a Espana.

Steven Kruijswijk is the first Dutch rider to ride top 5 in all three Grand Tours.

#RiderGiroTourVuelta
5Steven Kruijswijk454
6Tom Dumoulin126
7Erik Breukink237
7Bauke Mollema764
15Peter Winnen8315
15Gert-Jan Theunisse15411
16Hennie Kuiper1625
17Cees Haast17145
17Wim van Est131317
23Robert Gesink2356
27Laurens ten Dam2798
28Wout Poels12286
29Stef Clement231829
30Gerben Karstens233021

It’s the first time Bora-Hansgrohe didn’t win a stage in a Grand Tour after promoting to World Tour.

Only eighteen riders didn’t finish this Vuelta. This means 89,77% of the riders made it to the finish, this is the highest percentage ever in the history of Vuelta a Espana.

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HISTORY: Russell Mockridge

Today it’s 60 years ago that Russell Mockridge passed away during the Tour of Gippsland. Mockridge was one of two Australian riders at the Tour de France 1955. He also became two times Olympic champion at the Olympic Games in Helsinki 1952. He won the kilometre and tandem sprint track race. 

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At the age of 20, he was selected for the Olympic Games 1948 in London. He finished 26nd of the 28 finished in a field of 101 in the 192-kilometre road race. On the track, he was part of the Australian team in the team pursuit, They elected at the quarterfinals and classified as tied fifth. 

Two years later, at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, he conquered three medals, including two golds. He won the kilometre and the sprint and became second in the pursuit. After the games, he gave his bike away and joined the church because “There’s a lot more to this life than riding a bicycle”. Soon he decided that perhaps he had it wrong about there being more in life than cycling. A year later, he was second to Enzo Sacchi in the world sprint championship.

In 1952, he became two times Olympic champion in the kilometre in an Olympic record and in the tandem sprint. After this success in Helsinki, he chooses to ride more road races. In 1954 he won Grand Prix Marcel Kint and in 1955 he took part in the Tour de France at mixed Luxembourg – International team and finished 64th. This was his only Tour, but he was much happier in short races than long ones.

Mockridge goes back to Australia and became three times in a row national champion and won the Tour of Tasmania and Herald Sun Tour in 1957 before he didn’t see a bus coming towards him on 13 September 1958 during the Tour of Gippsland and crashed which resulted in death. He was 30 years old.

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Thibaut Pinot completes his trilogy

Thibaut Pinot has completed his trilogy of stage wins in Grand Tours. After 2 stages in the Tour de France and one in the Giro d’Italia, he now also won a stage in the Vuelta a Espana.

Riders with stage win in all Grand Tours
# | Rider | Nat | Giro | Tour | Vuelta | First | Last
65 | Merckx, Eddy | BEL | 25 | 34 | 6 | 1967 | 1975
57 | Cipollini, Mario | ITA | 42 | 12 | 3 | 1989 | 2003
48 | Cavendish, Mark | GBR | 15 | 30 | 3 | 2008 | 2016
48 | Petacchi, Alessandro | ITA | 22 | 6 | 20 | 2000 | 2011
41 | Hinault, Bernard | FRA | 6 | 28 | 7 | 1978 | 1986
37 | van Looy, Rik | BEL | 12 | 7 | 18 | 1958 | 1969
35 | Maertens, Freddy | BEL | 7 | 15 | 13 | 1976 | 1981
27 | Basso, Marino | ITA | 15 | 6 | 6 | 1966 | 1977
27 | Moser, Francesco | ITA | 23 | 2 | 2 | 1973 | 1986
26 | Bontempi, Guido | ITA | 16 | 6 | 4 | 1981 | 1993
26 | Poblet Orriols, Miguel | SPA | 20 | 3 | 3 | 1955 | 1961
25 | Jalabert, Laurent | FRA | 3 | 4 | 18 | 1992 | 2001
25 | van Steenbergen, Rik | BEL | 15 | 4 | 6 | 1949 | 1957
24 | de Vlaeminck, Roger | BEL | 22 | 1 | 1 | 1970 | 1984
23 | Anquetil, Jacques | FRA | 6 | 16 | 1 | 1957 | 1964
22 | Greipel, Andre | GER | 7 | 11 | 4 | 2008 | 2017
22 | Van Poppel, Jean-Paul | NED | 4 | 9 | 9 | 1986 | 1994
21 | Karstens, Gerben | NED | 1 | 6 | 14 | 1965 | 1976
21 | Rominger, Toni | SUI | 5 | 3 | 13 | 1988 | 1996
19 | Kittel, Marcel | GER | 4 | 14 | 1 | 2011 | 2017
18 | Altig, Rudi | GER | 4 | 8 | 6 | 1962 | 1969
18 | Defilippis, Nino | ITA | 9 | 7 | 2 | 1952 | 1964
16 | Magni, Fiorenzo | ITA | 6 | 7 | 3 | 1948 | 1955
15 | Abduzhaparov, Djamolidine | UZB | 1 | 7 | 7 | 1992 | 1996
15 | Bugno, Gianni | ITA | 9 | 4 | 2 | 1988 | 1998
15 | Gimondi, Felice | ITA | 7 | 7 | 1 | 1965 | 1976
15 | van Linden, Rik | BEL | 9 | 4 | 2 | 1972 | 1978
15 | Valverde Belmonte, Alejandro | SPA | 1 | 3 | 11 | 2003 | 2018
14 | Froome, Christopher | GBR | 2 | 7 | 5 | 2011 | 2018
14 | Fuente Lavandera, Jose-Manuel | SPA | 9 | 2 | 3 | 1971 | 1974
14 | Hushovd, Thor | NOR | 1 | 10 | 3 | 2002 | 2011
14 | Nibali, Vincenzo | ITA | 7 | 5 | 2 | 2010 | 2017
14 | Rodriguez Oliver, Joaquin | SPA | 2 | 3 | 9 | 2003 | 2015
14 | Wust, Marcel | GER | 1 | 1 | 12 | 1995 | 2000
14 | Zulle, Alex | SUI | 3 | 2 | 9 | 1993 | 2000
13 | Baffi, Pierino | ITA | 4 | 5 | 4 | 1955 | 1963
13 | Fignon, Laurent | FRA | 2 | 9 | 2 | 1983 | 1992
13 | Godefroot, Walter | BEL | 1 | 10 | 2 | 1967 | 1975
13 | Koblet, Hugo | SUI | 7 | 5 | 1 | 1950 | 1956
13 | Planckaert, Eddy | BEL | 1 | 2 | 10 | 1981 | 1989
13 | Reybroeck, Guido | BEL | 3 | 6 | 4 | 1965 | 1970
13 | Thurau, Dietrich | GER | 2 | 6 | 5 | 1976 | 1979
12 | Jimenez Munoz, Julio | SPA | 4 | 5 | 3 | 1964 | 1968
12 | Degenkolb, John | DUI | 1 | 1 | 10 | 2012 | 2018
12 | Minali, Nicola | ITA | 2 | 3 | 7 | 1994 | 1998
11 | Bahamontes, Federico Martin | SPA | 1 | 7 | 3 | 1957 | 1964
11 | Bennati, Daniele | ITA | 3 | 2 | 6 | 2007 | 2012
11 | Blijlevens, Jeroen | NED | 2 | 4 | 5 | 1995 | 1999
11 | Lasa Orguia, Miguel-Maria | SPA | 3 | 2 | 6 | 1970 | 1981
11 | Simoni, Gilberto | ITA | 8 | 1 | 2 | 2000 | 2007
11 | van Impe, Lucien | BEL | 1 | 9 | 1 | 1972 | 1983
10 | Carlesi, Guido | ITA | 7 | 2 | 1 | 1958 | 1965
10 | Millar, David | GBR | 1 | 4 | 5 | 2000 | 2012
10 | Sels, Ward | BEL | 1 | 7 | 2 | 1964 | 1969
10 | Stablinski, Jean | FRA | 2 | 5 | 3 | 1957 | 1967
10 | Ullrich, Jan | GER | 1 | 7 | 2 | 1996 | 2006
9 | Dumoulin, Tom | NED | 4 | 3 | 2 | 2015 | 2018
9 | Gilbert, Philippe | BEL | 3 | 1 | 5 | 2009 | 2015
8 | Baldato, Fabio | ITA | 4 | 2 | 2 | 1993 | 2003
8 | Bernard, Jean-Francois | FRA | 4 | 3 | 1 | 1986 | 1990
8 | Bettini, Paolo | ITA | 2 | 1 | 5 | 2000 | 2008
8 | Herrera Herrera, Luis-Alberto | COL | 3 | 3 | 2 | 1984 | 1992
8 | Lejarreta Arrizabalaga, Marino | SPA | 2 | 1 | 5 | 1982 | 1991
8 | Marie, Thierry | FRA | 1 | 6 | 1 | 1986 | 1992
8 | Matthews, Michael | AUS | 2 | 3 | 3 | 2013 | 2017
8 | Menchov, Denis | RUS | 2 | 1 | 5 | 2004 | 2012
8 | Ruiz Navarette, Bernardo | SPA | 1 | 2 | 5 | 1948 | 1955
7 | Breukink, Erik | NED | 2 | 4 | 1 | 1987 | 1992
7 | Gonzalez Jimenez, Aitor | SPA | 3 | 1 | 3 | 2002 | 2004
7 | Gualazzini, Ercole | ITA | 4 | 2 | 1 | 1969 | 1977
7 | Svorada, Jan | CZE | 2 | 2 | 3 | 1995 | 2001
7 | Trentin, Matteo | ITA | 1 | 2 | 4 | 2013 | 2017
6 | Aru, Fabio | ITA | 3 | 1 | 2 | 2014 | 2017
6 | Battaglin, Giovanni | ITA | 4 | 1 | 1 | 1975 | 1981
6 | Benedetti, Rino | ITA | 4 | 1 | 1 | 1952 | 1962
6 | Cubino Gonzalez, Laudelino | SPA | 2 | 1 | 3 | 1987 | 1995
6 | Farrar, Tyler | USA | 2 | 1 | 3 | 2009 | 2011
6 | Ghirotto, Massimo | ITA | 3 | 2 | 1 | 1988 | 1994
6 | Konychev, Dmitri | RUS | 4 | 1 | 1 | 1993 | 2000
6 | Mottet, Charly | FRA | 1 | 3 | 2 | 1986 | 1991
6 | Piepoli, Leonardo | ITA | 3 | 1 | 2 | 2004 | 2008
6 | Pollentier, Michel | BEL | 1 | 3 | 2 | 1974 | 1984
6 | Quintana Rojas, Nairo Alexander | COL | 3 | 2 | 1 | 2013 | 2018
5 | Lastras Garcia, Pablo | SPA | 1 | 1 | 3 | 2001 | 2011
5 | Lopez Carrill, Vicente | SPA | 1 | 3 | 1 | 1971 | 1976
5 | Millar, Robert | GBR | 1 | 3 | 1 | 1983 | 1989
5 | Skibby, Jesper | DEN | 1 | 1 | 3 | 1989 | 1995
5 | Utchakov, Sergei | UKR | 2 | 1 | 2 | 1993 | 1999
4 | Elliott, Seamus | IRL | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1960 | 1963
4 | Gerrans, Simon | AUS | 1 | 2 | 1 | 2008 | 2013
4 | Thibaut Pinot | FRA | 1 | 2| 1 | 2012 | 2018
4 | Rincon Quintana, Oliveiro | COL | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1993 | 1996
3 | de Gendt, Thomas | BEL | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2012 | 2017
3 | Dennis, Rohan | AUS | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2015 | 2018
3 | Garate Cepa, Juan-Manuel | SPA | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2001 | 2009
3 | Hamilton, Tyler | USA | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2002 | 2004
3 | Zabriskie, David | USA | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2004 | 2005