A strike to protest against doping control

It was in 1979, at the Colmenar Viejo stage, when "four veterans" promoted the movement. The organizer of the Tour became furious.


The town of Colmenar Viejo is closely linked to cycling. Colmenar's bike lane is flooded daily by cyclists and, already in the village, we find the Martín Colmenarejo Sports Center, in honor of its most glorious professional tracker.

José Martín Colmenarejo had two great moments in the Tour. In 1963 he finished second, at 3:06 of the mythical Jacques Anquetil. Two years later he won in Zaragoza. He did not repeat a similar position, although he won in Catalonia, Switzerland, Levante, Colombia and Portugal. He died in 1995, with 59 years. Another countryman, Ángel López del Álamo, aka Tabique, also triumphed in a stage of the Vuelta 1979, in Peña Cabarga.

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That 1979 was the only year that Colmenar Viejo was part of the tour, with enormous controversy. The cyclists organized a strike in the morning sector, which started from Ávila and climbed Navacerrada and La Morcuera. Foreigners gladly accepted the issue, especially the leader, Joop Zoetemelk, who avoided the last chance of receiving attacks. The pact was to give up the victory to Moliner-Vereco, who directed Javier Mínguez, being the only team that had not won. Miguel María Lasa starred in the spoiled escape, which the Kas kept under control.

Luis Puig, president of the Federation and organizer of the Tour, ended up furious. His explanation was that "four veterans" promoted a strike to protest the anti-doping control, which had just hunted a second cyclist, Manuel Esparza, who occupied the fourth place. The action was exclusive to cyclists. Paco Galdós, second classified, did not feel harmed: "I could also have suffered a pájara" .



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