Spanish cycling is in mourning again. Days after the tragic death of Federico Martín Bahamontes, this Thursday the death at the age of 96 of Guillermo Timoner, one of the pioneers of cycling in Spain, was confirmed. The Spaniard became a great legend of Spanish sports after winning the track cycling world champion six times (1955, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964 and 1965). He was the Spanish track cycling coach between 1971 and 1978, participating in the 1972 Munich Olympics. He also entered the Royal Order of Sports Merit in 2003.
Guillermo Timoner was also the first Spanish track cycling world champion. After carving out a career in the velodromes of Mallorca, Timoner was proclaimed six times world champion in Logró in 1955 (Milan), 1959 (Amsterdam), 1960 (Leipzig), 1962 (Milan), 1964 (Paris) and 1965 (San Sebastian). He was also world runner-up in 1956 (Copenhagen) and 1958 (Paris).
🚲 Mourning in Felanitx, mourning for world cycling. The City Council of Felanitx wishes to express its condolences for the death of Guillem Timoner. 🥇Our city’s first world champion. Timoner will always roll 🚴 in our memory. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/2wcsdzkUyJ
— Felanitx Town Hall (@AjFelanitx) August 17, 2023
After signing the best record in the history of Spain, Guillermo Timoner was the Spanish track coach between 1971 and 1978, participating in the Munich Olympic Games (1972).
Statement from Real Madrid
Real Madrid also wanted to issue an emotional statement by Guillermo Timoner who was once decorated by Santiago Bernabéu. “Real Madrid CF, its President and its Board of Directors deeply regret the death of Guillermo Timoner, a legend of Spanish track cycling and world cycling, and the first Spanish cyclist to be proclaimed world champion. Real Madrid wants to express its condolences and affection to his family and all his loved ones,” the white team stated in a letter published on their website.
Official Statement: death of Guillermo Timoner.#RealMadrid
— Real Madrid CF (@realmadrid) August 17, 2023
«Guillermo Timoner represents one of the great eras of Spanish sport. He was proclaimed six times world champion. He was the Spanish track cycling coach between 1971 and 1978, participating in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Guillermo Timoner, who has passed away at the age of 97, entered the Royal Order of Sports Merit in 2003. Spanish sport and world sport mourn your loss. He rests in peace », affirmed the white club.
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