Spanish cycling legend Julio Jimenez dies aged 87

Spaniard Julio Jimenez, a true legend of Spanish cycling, died of his injuries after a traffic accident on Tuesday in Avila (Spain), the Spanish press reported on Wednesday.

For reasons still unknown, the former Spanish climber hit a wall at the wheel of his car as he left a car wash in a neighborhood of Avila. Transported to hospital and aged 87, he died on Wednesday morning.

Nicknamed the watchmaker of Avila, Jimenez distinguished himself between 1959 and 1969, notably under the colors of the Bic, Faema and Kas teams. Considered one of the best climbers of his generation, he had managed to win stages on the three Grand Tours, including five on the Tour de France where he ranked second in 1967 behind the Frenchman Roger Pingeon. Jimenez had also won three times the jersey of best climber on the Tour (1965,1966, 1967) and on the Vuelta (1963, 1964, 1965).

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