The art from the 1952 edition of the Vuelta Cataluna official race poster wonderfully captures the speed, excitement and power of this important international race depicting a lead rider and illustrating a sport in technological transition. That year saw a solid field of riders, many vying for a late season flash of glory. Spanish star Miguel Poblet set out to put his stamp on the race capturing the first stage at Montjuich. On the torturous 7 hour stage between Villanueva and Geltru de Berga a duel between Poblet and Italian Aldolfo Grosso emerged. At days end Poblet had regained the leaders jersey for good. The googles, double mounted water bottles and spare tires wrapped around the shoulders, all vestiges of the sport for many years, would fade in less than 10 years.