Vuelta a España 2005

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Final score
Golden Jersey Roberto Heras 82:22:55 h
Second Denis Menshov + 4:36 min
Third Carlos Sastre + 4:54 min
Fourth Francisco Mancebo + 5:58 min
Fifth Carlos García Quesada + 8:06 min
Scoring Alessandro Petacchi 169 p.
Second Roberto Heras 169 P.
Third Denis Menshov 142 P.
Mountain classification Joaquim Rodríguez 200 p.
Second Eladio Jiménez 166 p.
Third Roberto Heras 110 p.
Combination ranking Roberto Heras 6 p.
Second Denis Menshov 9 p.
Third Carlos Sastre 14 P.
Team classification Comunidad Valenciana 234:03:11 h
Second Illes Balears + 54:02 min
Third Team CSC + 1:00:30 h


The 60th Vuelta a España took place from 27 August to 18 September 2005.
It was part of the new UCI ProTour 2005 and was held in 21 stages with a total length of 3,358 kilometers. There were three individual time trials, but no team time trial. Stages 6, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15 ended with a mountain finish. The defending champion was Roberto Heras. 198 riders from 22 teams competed, including all ProTour teams. The 2005 staging was demanding: eleven first, eleven second and 21 third category summits were on the program.

As wearers of the overall leader’s golden jersey, Denis Menschow, Bradley McGee and Roberto Heras took turns during the race. The preliminary decision of this Vuelta came on the 15th stage, when Roberto Heras distanced Denis Menschow, who had been the overall leader until then, by over 5 minutes on the way to Pajares. This seemed to clear the way for Heras to become the first rider ever to secure the Golden Jersey for the fourth time. A few weeks later, however, it emerged that Heras had tested positive for the blood doping drug EPO (erythropoietin) on the penultimate stage. The Vuelta victory was subsequently disallowed and awarded to the Russian Denis Menshov, but this decision was overturned by a Spanish court in 2012 and since 2013 Heras is again considered the winner.[1][2][3]

The mountain classification was already won by Joaquim Rodríguez. The victory in the points classification went to Alessandro Petacchi. The dominating team was the non UCI ProTour team of Comunidad Valenciana.

A curiosity happened on stage 13 when the Colombian Mauricio Ardila mistook the mountain classification 150 metres before the finish for the finish and was already cheering there. His two pursuers Óscar Pereiro and the later winner Samuel Sánchez passed the stunned racer. After all, Ardila still finished third.


Stage Day Start – Finish km Stage winner Overall ranking
1. Stage 27. August Granada 7.0 (EZF) RussiaRussland Denis Menshov RussiaRussland Denis Menshov
2. Stage 28. August Granada – Córdoba 189,3 ItalyItalien Leonardo Bertagnolli AustraliaAustralien Bradley McGee
3. Stage 29. August Cordoba – Puertollano 153,3 ItalyItalien Alessandro Petacchi AustraliaAustralien Bradley McGee
4. Stage 30. August Ciudad Real – Argamasilla de Alba 230,3 ItalyItalien Alessandro Petacchi AustraliaAustralien Bradley McGee
5. Stage 31. August Alcázar de San Juan – Cuenca 176,0 NorwayNorwegen Thor Hushovd AustraliaAustralien Bradley McGee
6. Stage 1. September Cuenca – Aramón Valdelinares 217,0 SpainSpanien Roberto Heras SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
7. Stage 2. September Teruel – Vinaròs 212,5 NetherlandsNiederlande Max van Heeswijk SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
8. Stage 3. September Tarragona – Lloret de Mar 189,0 ItalyItalien Alessandro Petacchi SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
9. Stage 4. September Lloret de Mar 47.0 (EZF) RussiaRussland Denis Menshov RussiaRussland Denis Menshov
10. Stage 5. September La Vall d’en Bas – Ordino-Arcalis 206,3 SpainSpanien Francisco Mancebo RussiaRussland Denis Menshov
11. Stage 6. September Andorra – Cerler 186,6 SpainSpanien Roberto Laiseka RussiaRussland Denis Menshov
Day off
12. Stage 8. September Logroño – Burgos 148,0 ItalyItalien Alessandro Petacchi RussiaRussland Denis Menshov
13. Stage 9. September Burgos – Santuario de la Bien Aparecida 193,0 SpainSpanien Samuel Sanchez RussiaRussland Denis Menshov
14. Stage 10. September La Penilla (Nestlé) – Lagos de Covadonga 172,3 SpainSpanien Eladio Jiménez RussiaRussland Denis Menshov
15. Stage 11. September Cangas de Onís – Pajares 191,0 SpainSpanien Roberto Heras SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
Day off
16. Stage 13. September León – Valladolid 162,5 ItalyItalien Paolo Bettini SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
17. Stage 14. September El Espinar – La Granja de San Ildefonso 165,6 SpainSpanien Carlos García Quesada SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
18. Stage 15. September Ávila 197,5 DenmarkDänemark Nicki Sørensen SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
19. Stage 16. September San Martín de Valdeiglesias – Alcobendas 142,9 GermanyDeutschland Heinrich Haussler SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
20. Stage 17. September Guadalajara – Alcalá de Henares 38.9 (EZF) SpainSpanien Rubén Plaza SpainSpanien Roberto Heras
21. Stage 18. September Madrid 144,0 ItalyItalien Alessandro Petacchi SpainSpanien Roberto Heras

Individual references

  1. Doping news: Spanish court declares Roberto Heras the 2005 Vuelta winner. 22 December 2012. retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. Race director: Heras is the winner of the 2005 Vuelta. A/S, 12 November 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. UCI ProTour Results – Vuelta a España / 18.09.2005Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), Retrieved 23 October 2015.@1@2Template:Dead link/ no longer available, search web archives ) Info: Thelink was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.

Web links

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