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December 07, 2003

Spain's Jose-Maria Jimenez dead at 32

BBC SPORT | Spanish cyclist dies aged 32

Jimenez, who retired in 2002, won 9 stages of the Vuelta, and finished 8th in the 1997 Tour, Jan Ullrich's victory. He was for a time a teammate of Miguel Indurain, who said of Jimenez:

"When things were going well, they went really well but when things went bad, they went very bad," said the five-time Tour de France winner.

"His cycling had suffered due to outside reasons and having to retire suddenly led to problems."

Manuel Perez of the Spanish national cycling federation:

"He was a cyclist who was popular with everyone. He was a great champion who has now gone and I'm sad for that."

Posted by Frank Steele on December 7, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink

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