Vuelta a España 2005
|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.
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)||Denis Menshov||Denis Menshov|
|2. Stage||28. August||Granada – Córdoba||189,3||Bradley McGee|
|3. Stage||29. August||Cordoba – Puertollano||153,3||Alessandro Petacchi||Bradley McGee|
|4. Stage||30. August||Ciudad Real – Argamasilla de Alba||230,3||Alessandro Petacchi||Bradley McGee|
|5. Stage||31. August||Alcázar de San Juan – Cuenca||176,0||Thor Hushovd||Bradley McGee|
|6. Stage||1. September||Cuenca – Aramón Valdelinares||217,0||Roberto Heras||Roberto Heras|
|7. Stage||2. September||Teruel – Vinaròs||212,5||Max van Heeswijk||Roberto Heras|
|8. Stage||3. September||Tarragona – Lloret de Mar||189,0||Alessandro Petacchi||Roberto Heras|
|9. Stage||4. September||Lloret de Mar||47.0 (EZF)||Denis Menshov||Denis Menshov|
|10. Stage||5. September||La Vall d’en Bas – Ordino-Arcalis||206,3||Francisco Mancebo||Denis Menshov|
|11. Stage||6. September||Andorra – Cerler||186,6||Roberto Laiseka||Denis Menshov|
|12. Stage||8. September||Logroño – Burgos||148,0||Alessandro Petacchi||Denis Menshov|
|13. Stage||9. September||Burgos – Santuario de la Bien Aparecida||193,0||Samuel Sanchez||Denis Menshov|
|14. Stage||10. September||La Penilla (Nestlé) – Lagos de Covadonga||172,3||Eladio Jiménez||Denis Menshov|
|15. Stage||11. September||Cangas de Onís – Pajares||191,0||Roberto Heras||Roberto Heras|
|16. Stage||13. September||León – Valladolid||162,5||Paolo Bettini||Roberto Heras|
|17. Stage||14. September||El Espinar – La Granja de San Ildefonso||165,6||Carlos García Quesada||Roberto Heras|
|18. Stage||15. September||Ávila||197,5||Nicki Sørensen||Roberto Heras|
|19. Stage||16. September||San Martín de Valdeiglesias – Alcobendas||142,9||Heinrich Haussler||Roberto Heras|
|20. Stage||17. September||Guadalajara – Alcalá de Henares||38.9 (EZF)||Rubén Plaza||Roberto Heras|
|21. Stage||18. September||Madrid||144,0||Alessandro Petacchi||Roberto Heras|
- Doping news: Spanish court declares Roberto Heras the 2005 Vuelta winner. live-radsport.ch. 22 December 2012. retrieved 23 October 2015.
- Race director: Heras is the winner of the 2005 Vuelta. JJnet.dk A/S, CyclingQuotes.com. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- UCI ProTour Results – Vuelta a España / 18.09.2005Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), uci.ch. Retrieved 23 October 2015. (page 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.
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