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Remembering José María Jiménez

Today marks the 10-year anniversary since the passing of one of cycling’s most enigmatic riders – José María Jiménez. 

Perhaps Jiménez’s most memorable moment, was during 1999 Vuelta a Espana, when the Spaniard attacked on the 23% grade of the first ever ascent of the infamous Angliru – catching and passing Pavel Tonkov to take the stage victory. 

Sadly, Jiménez suffered from depression, and later retired from professional cycling in 2002. He died of a heart attack while in a psychiatric hospital in Madrid

on December 6, 2003. He was 32 years old.


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