Deaths Today In Sports History: 1994 - Jesús Luis Ocaña Pernía was a Spanish road bicycle racer who won the Tour de France in 1973 and the Vuelta a España in 1970. Ocaña committed suicide by gunshot, he was depressed over financial matters and was also suffering a hepatitis C infection and cancer. keepinitrealsports.tumblr.com keepinitrealsports.wordpress.com
Spaniard Pedro Delgado rides during the 13th stage of the Tour de France, an individual time trial between Grenoble and Villard-de-Lans 15 July 1988. Delgado wins the stage on his way to winning his first Tour de France.
Gerrie Kneteman. Although no ranking rider for the Tour de France, he was one of the most successful Dutch Tour Riders. Ten times he won a stage.
Miguel Indurain is a Spanish road racing cyclist.that won five consecutive Tours de France from 1991 and 1995, the first to do so, and the fourth athlete to win five times. He won the Giro d'Italia twice, becoming one of only seven people in history to achieve the Giro Tour double in the same season. He wore the race leader's yellow jersey in the Tour de France for 60 days. Indurain's ability and physical size—1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) and 80 kg (176 lbs)—earned him the nickname Miguelón/Big Mike.
1903. The first Tour de France was 2428 km in length and was won by Maurice Garin with an average speed of 25km/h. His bike is not dissimilar to today's 'fixies'! Source: http://www.letour.fr/2009/TDF/COURSE/us/histoire_home.html #cycling #bicycle