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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