Jose-Manuel Fuente

BornSeptember 30, 1945
BirthplaceLimpias, Spain
DiedJuly 18, 1996 (aged 50)
Professional debut1968

Born on September 30, 1945 in Limpias, Spain, Jose-Manuel Fuente was a Spanish professional road cyclist. He was a well-known climber who achieved victory in both one-day and stage competitions.

Fuente turned professional in 1968 and rode for multiple teams during his career, including Kas-Kaskol and Teka. His greatest success was in the Grand Tours, when he finished in the top five of the Tour de France four times and won the King of the Mountains classification in 1972 and 1974. In addition, he won a number of other prestigious stage races, like as the Tour of the Basque Country and the Dauphiné Libéré.

Fuente was well-known for his aggressive racing style and ability to ascend. In 1974, he won the Alpe d’Huez stage of the Tour de France. He has won several mountain stages of the Tour de France. Yet, he was also notorious for his unpredictability and propensity to have both good and bad days on the bike.

Fuente suffered with drinking and other personal troubles following his 1978 retirement from cycling. On July 18, 1996, at the age of 50, he went suddenly tragically.

Jose-Manuel Fuente’s biggest achievements:

1972King of the Mountains classification at the Tour de France
19733 stages at the Vuelta a España
1974King of the Mountains classification and 2 stages at the Tour de France
1972Tour of the Basque Country – 1st place
1974Dauphiné Libéré – 1st place
1975Tour of the Basque Country – 1st place
1977Subida a Urkiola – 1st place

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