|Born||9 July 1928 in Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Spain|
Federico Bahamontes, better known as “The Eagle of Toledo,” is a former competitive road cyclist from Spain. On July 9, 1928, he was born in Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Spain. Bahamontes was well-known for his climbing talents, which made him a mountain stage specialist. He began cycling professionally in 1954 and retired in 1965.
Bahamontes was a highly successful cyclist who won numerous big events during his career. He is most known for becoming the first Spanish cyclist to win the Tour de France in 1959. He also won the Tour de France’s King of the Mountains jersey six times, a record that remained for many years.
Bahamontes also won the Vuelta a Espaa in 1957 and the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré in 1963, in addition to the Tour de France. He was also a four-time winner of the Giro d’Italia Mountains classification and a three-time winner of the Vuelta a Espaa Mountains classification.
Bahamontes was well-known for his unusual riding technique, which included standing on the pedals and swinging his bike from side to side while ascending. He was also known for his love of animals, and he would frequently accompany his pet canary on training rides.
The Most Significant Achievements of Federico Bahamontes:
|1957||Winner of Vuelta a España|
|1959||Winner of Tour de France|
|1960||Mountains classification in Tour de France|
|1961||Mountains classification in Tour de France|
|1962||Mountains classification in Tour de France|
|1963||Winner of Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré|
|1963||Mountains classification in Giro d’Italia|
|1965||Mountains classification in Giro d’Italia|