Historic Overview Jose Manuel Fuente Lavandera

Rider

Overall Rank429
NameJose Manuel FUENTE LAVANDERA
Country
  Spain
Date of birth30-Sep-1945 - Limanes (Asturias)
Date of death18-Jul-1996 - Oviedo (Asturias)
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Jose Manuel Fuente Lavandera - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1968 Individual 0 695
2. 1969 Pepsi Cola 24 479
3. 1970 Karpy 294 155
4. 1971 Kas 436 115
5. 1972 Kas 1911 12
6. 1973 Kas 2238 9
7. 1974 Kas 2192 7
8. 1975 Kas 115 222
9. 1976 Bianchi 7 461
Overall: 7217 429

Biography

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" which is 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. Fuente is 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 maglia rosa 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 Fuente 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 age 50.

source - Wikipedia