Giro d'Italia - Giro plays wrong Spanish anthem
Sun, 29 May 20:27:00 2011
Giro d'Italia organisers apologised to overall winner Alberto Contador after playing the wrong anthem for his victory celebrations.
Rather than the current Spanish national anthem, the Giro organisers played one commissioned in 1928 by General Primo de Rivera - a gaffe you can see by clicking on the embedded video at the end of the article, with the anthem starting around one minute in.
Spain's national anthem has been an instrumental since the death of dictator Genera Franco in 1978, whereupon his lyrics were removed but the tune retained.
Contador had a similar experience when he won the 2009 Tour de France.
The race organisers played the Danish national anthem during his victory celebrations.
Giro d'Italia†: Podium