Historic Overview José Manuel Fuente

Rider

Overall Rank598
NameJosé Manuel FUENTE
Country
  Spain
Date of birth30-Sep-1945 - Limanes (Asturias)
Date of death18-Jul-1996 - Oviedo (Asturias)
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Biography

José Manuel Fuente

José Manuel Fuente Lavandera (September 30, 1945 in Limanes, Spain – July 18, 1996 in Oviedo, Spain) was a professional road racing cyclist and noted climbing specialist.

Fuente was a professional from 1970 to 1976. He had the same nickname as his father and grandfather, which was "El Tarangu", a word in the Asturian language for a man reputed for his strength and character. Fuente was known as one of the greatest climbers of his generation. He was a two-time winner of the Vuelta a España and won four consecutive climbers classification (or King of the Mountains) at the Giro d'Italia. He was rivals with the great cyclists of his time: Eddy Merckx and Luis Ocaña. He won the Vuelta a España in 1972, which at that time was held in late April and early May. Several weeks later, in the 1972 Giro d'Italia, Fuente had a great battle with Eddy Merckx. Fuente took the pink jersey as leader of the general classification early on in the race but Merckx took it back. On the mountain stage to Bardonecchia, Fuente put in an attack that put pressure on Merckx. Little by little, Merckx increased his pace and came back to Fuente and ended up winning the stage.

Health problems due to kidney disease forced Fuente to retire in 1975. After retirement he opened a successful cycle business in Oviedo and in 1988 was appointed directeur sportif of the Clas team. This lasted only a year, after which he was replaced in 1989 by Juan Fernadez. Fuente died following a long battle with kidney disease at the age of 50.

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Major Victories

Vuelta a España 1972, 1974
Tour de Suisse 1973
Tour de France - stages 1971 (2)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1971 (1), 1972 (2), 1973 (1), 1974 (5)
Vuelta a España - stages 1972 (1), 1974 (2)
Tour de Suisse - stages 1973 (2)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - stages 1970 (1)
More results

Seasons

José Manuel Fuente - Scores by Season


Year Team Score Rank
1. 1968 Individual 0 926
2. 1969 Pepsi Cola 22 580
3. 1970 Karpy - Licor 274 185
4. 1971 Kas - Kaskol 439 113
5. 1972 Kas - Kaskol 1840 14
6. 1973 Kas - Kaskol 2090 9
7. 1974 Kas - Kaskol 2039 13
8. 1975 Kas - Kaskol 107 250
9. 1976 Bianchi - Campagnolo 7 627
Overall: 6818 598