Federico Martín Bahamontes has received an emotional tribute in his farewell. The hearse that carried the mortal remains of the Eagle of Toledo has been received by a crowd of cyclists at its entrance to the Castilian-La Mancha capital, forming a procession that has followed through the streets of the city, stopping before the sculpture in his honor which is located in the center.
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The legendary cyclist has been fired with all honors in Toledo, the city that adopted him, since he was from the nearby town of Santo Domingo-Caudilla. The city has decreed two days of official mourning “as a sign of pain and recognition of all Toledo.”
The city has turned to the most important athlete in its history. Upon the arrival of the hearse with the mortal remains of Bahamontes at the Puerta Bisagra, a crowd of cyclists was waiting for it. Afterwards, they began a tour of the main streets of the city, passing by the statue in his honor that is located on the Paseo del Miradero, until they reached the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where hundreds of people waited to see him off and where he has settled the burning chapel
Bahamontes passed away this Tuesday, August 8, at the age of 95. During his career, he was a pioneer in Spanish sports, since he was the first to win the Tour de France, in the 1959 edition. His mark on Spanish cycling is more than evident, since he was followed by six other cyclists who They managed to finish dressed in yellow in the French round: Luis Ocaña, Pedro Delgado, Miguel Induráin, Óscar Pereiro, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre.
The achievements made throughout his career and his influence on the generations that followed him led him to be awarded the Marca Leyenda in 2009. Eduardo Inda, director of OKDIARIO, gave him the distinction received by the best athletes in the history.
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