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That was Alpe, not Passo.

The 2012 Giro is the only other time the pass has been used, afaik.

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One of cycling's unsolved x-files is the stage 15b individual time trial of the 1981 Vuelta..

It took place on a city circuit that criss-crossed and the course may or may not have been properly marked depending on which side of the story you believe.

This reasonable rider with a couple of good wins from breakaways but nothing major, who was certainly no time trialist, set the fastest time by 39 seconds. He had no idea he'd gone fast and he'd even crashed.

Some theorized he'd gotten up from the crash and ridden down the wrong route.....except he was followed by a support car and a commissaires car and the people in both cars said he rode the correct route. Also that he didn't hold on to the car.

The timekeepers were sure they hadn't made a mistake, and apparently had backup timekeeping that also showed the same time.

In the end, the Miko-Mercier team made such a stink that 2 minutes were added to his time. In those days at the Vuelta whatever the foreigners wanted they got. So, of course Miko-Mercier rider Regis Clere was promoted to 1st place with the stage win. Some sources refuse to credit Clere with the win.

Did he win honestly? We still don't know what happened.

Recently he became president of the spanish federation, headed the organization of the 2014 worlds and has held posts with the UCI.

edit: and i forgot his name. duh. Jose Luis Lopez Cerron
buckle up for this crazy cycling story! So, back in 1981 during the Vuelta a España, there was this stage 15b individual time trial that turned into a real head-scratcher.

The race was going down in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and the course was a flat 28-kilometer stretch. Now, here's where things get weird. José Luis Navarro, a super talented Spanish cyclist and a favorite for this stage, basically vanished into thin air.

Picture this: Navarro, riding for the Teka team, starts the time trial, and then poof he's gone! No one could find him or his bike anywhere on the course. It's like he vanished into some cycling Bermuda Triangle.

Of course, this whole disappearing act got people's minds spinning. People came up with all sorts of wild theories. Maybe he got injured or had some mechanical issue that made him drop out without anyone noticing. Or perhaps he had some secret reason to ditch the race. Who knows?

The race organizers and authorities launched a full-on investigation, but they never found any concrete answers. Navarro just evaporated from the time trial, and that's that.

Now, here's the funny thing: Navarro didn't just retire from cycling after this incident. Nope, he kept on riding in other races in the following years. But the unsolved mystery of the stage 15b time trial in the 1981 Vuelta a España remains, leaving cycling fans scratching their heads and wondering what the heck happened.
 
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