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Valverde equals Coppi & Bartali

Alejandro Valverde has won the second stage in La Vuelta. It was 15 years after his first stage win in the Spanish tour. Only Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali have won in a Grand Tour fifteen years after their first win a stage. 

Before today, Valverde shared this record in La Vuelta with Domingo Perurena (1966-1978) and Joaquin Rodriguez (2003-2015).

Most years between first and last stage in a Grand Tour
15 | Gino Bartali | ITA | Giro | 1935 | 1950
15 | Fausto Coppi | ITA | Giro | 1940 | 1955
15 | Alejandro Valverde | SPA | Vuelta | 2003 | 2018
14 | Jean Alavoine | FRA | Tour | 1909 | 1923
14 | Olimpio Bizzi | ITA | Giro | 1936 | 1950
14 | Mario Cipollini | ITA | Giro | 1989 | 2003
13 | Alfredo Sivocci | ITA | Giro | 1911 | 1924
13 | Louis Mottiat | ITA | Tour | 1912 | 1925
13 | Costante Girardengo | ITA | Giro | 1913 | 1926
13 | Rene Vietto | ITA | Tour | 1934 | 1947
13 | Gino Bartali | ITA | Tour | 1937 | 1950
13 | Adolfo Leoni | ITA | Giro | 1938 | 1951
13 | Francesco Moser | ITA | Giro | 1973 | 1986 
13 | Moreno Argentin | ITA | Giro | 1981 | 1994

Posted in Cycling Road Vuelta a Espana

Rohan Dennis completes his trilogy

Rohan Dennis has completed his trilogy with stages wins in all three Grand Tours. The Australian has now won a stage, time trial stage in his case, in all thee Grand Tours.

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
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 | Froome, Christopher | GBR | 1 | 7 | 5 | 2011 | 2018
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
13 | Valverde Belmonte, Alejandro | SPA | 1 | 3 | 9 | 2003 | 2016
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 | 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 | Dumoulin, Tom | NED | 4 | 2 | 2 | 2015 | 2018
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
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 | Quintana Rojas, Nairo Alexander | COL | 3 | 1 | 1 | 2013 | 2017
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 | 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

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PREVIEW: Vuelta a Espana

Today starts the last Grand Tour of the season. Hereby a little statistical preview.

Most wins
4 | Roberto Heras | SPA | 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 1
3 | Alberto Contador | SPA | 2008, 2012, 2014
3 | Toni Rominger | SWI | 1992, 1993, 1994
2 | Julian Berrendero | SPA | 1941, 1942
2 | Pedro Delgado | SPA | 1985, 1989
2 | Gustaaf Deloor | BEL | 1935, 1936
2 | Jose Manuel Fuente | SPA | 1972, 1974
2 | Bernard Hinault | FRA | 1978, 1983
2 | Denis Menchov | RUS | 2005, 2007 2
2 | Alex Zülle | SWI | 1996, 1997

Most podiums
6 | Roberto Heras | SPA 3
6 | Alejandro Valverde | SPA
5 | Pedro Delgado | SPA
5 | Luis Ocana | SPA
4 | Julian Berrendero | SPA
4 | Chris Froome| GBR
4 | Miguel Maria Lasa | SPA
4 | Jose Perez Frances | SPA
4 | Toni Rominger | SWI

Most stage wins
39 | Delio Rodriguez | SPA
20 | Alessandro Petacchi | ITA
18 | Laurent Jalabert | FRA
18 | Rik van Looy | BEL
16 | Sean Kelly | IRL
14 | Gerben Karstens | NED
13 | Freddy Maertens | BEL
13 | Toni Rominger | SWI
12 | Domingo Perurena | SPA
12 | Marcel Wust | GER
11 | Julian Berrendero | SPA
11 | Agustin Tamames | SPA
10 | John Degenkolb | GER
10 | Roberto Heras | SPA
10 | Eddy Planckaert | BEL

Most mountain classifications
5 | Jose Luis Laguia | SPA
4 | Jose Maria Jimenez | SPA
3 | Julio Jimenez | SPA
3 | Antonio Karmany | SPA
3 | David Moncoutie | FRA
3 | Andreas Oliva | SPA

Most points classifications
4 | Laurent Jalabert | FRA
4 | Sean Kelly | IRL
3 | Erik Zabel | GER
2 | Jan Janssen | NED
2 | Domingo Perurena | SPA
2 | Uwe Raab | GER
2 | Alejandro Valverde | SPA
2 | Rik van Looy | BEL

Most finishes
14 | Federico Echave | SPA
14 | Jose-Vicente Garcia Acosta | SPA
13 | Eduardo Chozas | SPA
13 | Inigo Cuesta | SPA
13 | Jesus Manzaneque | SPA
12 | Ventura Diaz | SPA
12 | Joaquin Rodriguez | SPA
11 | Vicente Belda | SPA
11 | Francisco Cabello | SPA
11 | Pedro Delgado | SPA
11 | Juan-Manuel Garate | SPA
11 | Arsenio Gonzalez | SPA
11 | Jose Luis Laguia | SPA
11 | Fernando Manzaneque | SPA
11 | Melchior Mauri Prat | SPA
11 | Daniel Moreno | SPA
11 | Domingo Perurena | SPA

Most participated
17 | Inigo Cuesta | SPA
15 | Jose-Vicente Garcia Acosta | SPA
14 | Eduardo Chozas | SPA
14 | Federico Echave | SPA
13 | Jose Luis Laguia | SPA
13 | Jesus Manzaneque | SPA
13 | Melchior Mauri Prat | SPA
13 | Domingo Perurena | SPA
12 | Ventura Diaz | SPA
12 | Juan-Manuel Garate | SPA
12 | Antonio Gomez del Moral | SPA
12 | Julain Gorospe | SPA
12 | Roberto Laiseka | SPA
12 | Joaquin Rodriguez | SPA
12 | Haimar Zubeldia | SPA