Federico Bahamontes

Born9 July 1928 in Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Spain
Height1.68 m
Weight63 kg
Professional Debut1954

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:

1957Winner of Vuelta a España
1959Winner of Tour de France
1960Mountains classification in Tour de France
1961Mountains classification in Tour de France
1962Mountains classification in Tour de France
1963Winner of Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1963Mountains classification in Giro d’Italia
1965Mountains classification in Giro d’Italia

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