Luis Balagué, gregarious from Anquetil and Ocaña, dies

The former runner died this morning in Mieres after a long illness, as announced in a statement by the organization of the Tour of Asturias.


Former Asturian runner Luis Balagué, teammate of legends such as Jacques Anquetil and Luis Ocaña, died at the age of 77, according to the organization of the Vuelta a Asturias. Balagué, born in Oviedo in 1944, began his professional career at the Bic in 1969 and among his triumphs stands out a stage of the Tour of Spain, starring in a 259-kilometer solo getaway between Manresa and Zaragoza, one of the longest in the region. history.

The former runner died this morning in Mieres after a long illness. He stood out as an amateur in 1967 in the Vuelta a Asturias, beating another Asturian legend, José Manuel Fuente 'Tarangu', in the mountain prize. In 1968 he was second on the podium after Jesús Mánzaneque. In the Bic team he helped Luis Ocaña to win the 1973 Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in 1970. He retired in 1977 and is currently president of the Asturian Ex-Cyclists Association.

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