Who Has the Most Vuelta Espana Stage Wins?

By : Mr Mamil
Updated :

Alessandro Petacchi won a stage at Vuelta Espana, aged 36.

16 different riders have won 10 or more stage wins in the Vuelta Espana since its inception in 1935. Among them, three have passed away, while two are still active (Alejandro Valverde and John Degenkolb) in 2022.

The Spanish rider, Dello Rodriguez (19 April 1916 – 14 January 1994) has the most stage wins with 39. His last win was in 1947.

Italian sprinter, Alessandro Petacchi is second with 20 stage wins. His last win was in Stage 7 of the 2010 edition. He won five stages each in 2003 (Stage 3, 5, 12, 14, and 21) and 2005 (3, 4, 8, 12, and 21).

Belgian, Rik Van Looy, and Frenchman, Laurent Jalabert both have won 18 stages.

RIderNationalityStage winsLast win
Delio RodríguezSpain391947
Alessandro PetacchiItaly202010
Rik Van LooyBelgium181965
Laurent JalabertFrance181997
Sean KellyIreland161988
Gerben KarstensNetherlands141976
Freddy MaertensBelgium131977
Alejandro ValverdeSpain132019
Tony RomingerSwitzerland121996
Marcel WüstGermany121999
Julián BerrenderoSpain111947
Augustin TamamesSpain111975
Domingo PerurenaSpain111978
Eddy PlanckaertBelgium101966
Roberto HerasSpain102005
John DegenkolbGermany102015

Stage wins by country

33 different rider nationalities have won stages at the Vuelta Espana.

Spanish riders are by far the most successful when it comes to stage wins, clocking up a total of 554 wins.

Belgian riders are second with 226 wins, followed by the Italians (183), French (128), and Dutch (115).

CountryWins
Spain554
Belgium226
Italy183
France128
Netherlands115
Germany74
Colombia34
Switzerland32
United Kingdom31
Ireland26
Russia20
Denmark19
United States16
Australia15
Slovenia12
Kazakhstan11
Portugal11
Uzbekistan7
Czech Republic6
Luxembourg5
Norway5
Slovakia5
Poland4
Canada4
Austria3
Estonia3
Belarus2
New Zealand2
South Africa2
Sweden2
Ukraine2
Argentina2
Venezuela1