Cycling mourns the death of the historic Anton Barrutia

Former runner and former director of the Kas. He had seven partial victories in the Tour of Spain and was a national cyclo-cross champion on two occasions.


Antón Barrutia, former runner and sports director in the 70s of the last century of the historic Kas team, has died at the age of 88 and leaves a deep pain in the cycling world in full effervescence of this edition of the Tour.

The historic Biscayan athlete was a professional runner between 1953 and 1966, with 52 victories. His track record as a cyclist is extensive, with stages of the Vuelta a España, Subida a Arrate, Vuelta a Andalucía, Volta a Cataluña or the Clásica de Ordizia, among other races. Barrutia was one of the pioneers who starred in the revival of the Vuelta a España, where he scored seven partial wins. It also holds two titles of champion of Spain of cyclo-cross (1955 and 1961) and a fourth place in the World Championship of that modality, in 1960, held in Tolosa (Guipúzcoa).After his retirement, he was together with Eusebio Vélez one of the sports directors of Kas, one of the strongest teams in the world peloton at the time, in which he directed, among others, riders such as José Manuel Fuente, Miguel Mari Lasa, Txomin Perurena or José Antonio González Linares.

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