Which is the Fastest Stage at the Vuelta Espana?

By : Mr Mamil
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Philippe Gilbert won Stage 17 from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara with an average speed of 50.630km/h over 219.6km (136.5 miles). It’s the fastest Vuelta Espana stage for a distance of over 200km.

The fastest stage win at the Vuelta Espana (excluding time trials) was on Stage 9 in 2001 from Logroño to Zaragoza. Igor González de Galdeano (ONCE-Eroski) won in a bunch sprint.

He finished the 179.2km (113.3 miles) stage in 3h 14′ 52”, with an average speed of 55.176km/h. Until today, it’s the only Vuelta Espana stage (excluding time trials) where the winner’s average speed is above 55km/h.

The second-fastest Vuelta Espana stage win is by Guido Reybrouck on Stage 8b around Barcelona in the 1970 edition. Back in the day, some stages were split into two, hence the a and b naming. Guido finished the 48km (29.8 miles) stage at 53′ 28″ with an average speed of 53.870km/h.

The third fastest Vuelta Espana stage win is held by Jean Stablinski, who finished the 144km (89.5 miles) Stage 10 of the 1963 edition from Zaragoza to Lérida. He finished in 2h 47′ 34″, with an average speed of 51.560km/h.

In 2019, Philippe Gilbert won Stage 17 from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara with an average speed of 50.630km/h over 219.6km (136.5 miles). It’s the fastest Vuelta Espana stage for a distance of over 200km.

Below are the top 20 fastest Vuelta Espana stages’ average speeds.

Average speed of fastest Vuelta Espana

RiderAvg. speed (km/h)TimeDistance (km)StageStart / finishYear
Igor González de Galdeano55.1763h 14′ 52″179.29Logroño – Zaragoza2001
Guido Reybrouck53.87053′ 28″48.08bBarcelona – Barcelona1970
Jean Stablinski51.5602h 47′ 34″144.010Zaragoza – Lérida1963
Marcel Wüst51.1372h 50′ 8″145.014Biescas – Zaragoza1998
Eddy Planckaert50.7303h 29′ 21″177.01Valladolid – Zamora1985
Philippe Gilbert50.6304h 20′ 14″219.617Aranda de Duero – Guadalajara2019
Alessandro Petacchi50.1503h 19′ 27″166.75Soria – Zaragoza2003
Erik Zabel49.8503h 14′ 59″162.011Utiel – Cuenca2003
Jesús Aranzabal49.5702h 47′ 2″138.017aVitoria – San Sebastián1972
Filippo Simeoni49.3483h 7′ 29″154.218Albacete – Cuenca2001
Sam Bennett49.2603h 53′ 30″191.74Garray – Ejea de los Caballeros2020
Alessandro Petacchi49.2304h 16′ 33″210.512Segovia – Burgos2002
Laurent Jalabert49.2003h 23′ 54″167.23Cuenca – Albacete1996
Mathieu Hermans49.1304h 6′ 42″202.06Béjar – Valladolid1988
Angelo Furlan49.0802h 59′ 13″146.617Benavente – Salamanca2002
Eddy Peelman48.9904h 2′ 30″198.06Calpe – Burriana1970
Mark Cavendish48.8983h 34′ 44″175.012Andorra la Vella – Lleida2010
Cees Haast48.5702h 9′ 43″105.07Calatayud – Zaragoza1966
Samuel Sánchez48.2604h 3′ 41″196.013Burgos – La Bien Aparecida2005
Robert Hunter48.1473h 18′ 46″159.517Murcia – Albacete2001