December 07, 2003
Spain's Jose-Maria Jimenez dead at 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."
- Yahoo! Sport | Cycling mourns popular Jimenez, dead at 32
- cyclingnews.com | José María 'Chaba' Jeménez - A Tribute
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