A belated happy birthday to Francisco Galdós, who was born on May 6, 1947.
Galdós is best known for his three podium finishes in Grand Tour events, wherein the Spanish rider finished 3rd in the 1972 Giro d’Italia behind Eddy Merckx of Belgium and Jose Manuel Fuente of Spain, 2nd in the 1975 Giro d’Italia behind Fausto Bertoglio of Italy and 2nd in the 1979 Vuelta a Espana behind Joop Zoetemelk of Holland.
While a Grand Tour victory evaded Galdós throughout his career, he did achieve numerous wins in lesser-known races around Spain and Europe such as the Vuelta a Cantabria, Cinturón Ciclista, GP Caja Cantabria,Trofeo Masferrer, Subida a Arrate, GP Nuestra Señora de Oro, the General Classification in the Ronde van Romandië (Tour de Romandie), Vuelta a Cantabria and the General Classification in the Ronde van Rioja.
In addition, Galdós claimed several stage victories in Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Tour de Romandie and the Giro d’Italia.
With the exception of riding for the Kelme-Glos team during his last season, Galdós rode exclusively for the KAS cycling team throughout his 11-year career.
Upon his retirement in 1980, Galdós returned to his native area of Lasarte, Álava, Spain, where he routinely surfaced to do some race commentating for Spanish television and radio.
Feliz cumpleaños Francisco!
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