Former cyclist Antonio Gómez del Moral, considered the best Andalusian cyclist of all time, died this Wednesday in Seville at the age of 81
Former cyclist Antonio Gómez del Moral (Cabra, 1939), considered the best Andalusian cyclist of all time, died this Wednesday in Seville at the age of 81. Leave an indelible mark on the history of Spanish cycling. He leaves like a legend after his 55 victories. Among them are those achieved in La Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia, where it became a pink jersey. He also participated in 5 editions of the Tour de France.
” He leaves us the best Andalusian cyclist of all time with a record that includes 55 victories as a professional, several national championships, he was the leader of the Giro d’Italia and the first Spanish to win the Tour del Porvenir”, recalls the Tour of Andalusia -Ruta del Sol, of which Antonio Gómez was director, in a statement.
Gómez del Moral was the race director of the Vuelta an Andalucía Ruta del Sol since 1984, as well as a Gold medal for Work and Sports Legend of the Junta de Andalucía, after 55 victories in his career, 44 of them as a professional route. , between 1956 and 1972.
Among his achievements is being provisional leader during three stages of the 1967 Giro d’Italia, in which he won one stage, as well as his 12 participations in La Vuelta – fifth in 1961 and with four stages, won in total – or the 5 in the Tour de France, being eleventh in 1966 and 1968. From the official page of the gala round, they have remembered Gómez del Moral and have remembered his great achievements in the Tour.
«Before focusing on the story of today’s stage, a memory for Antonio Gómez del Moral (1939, Cabra – 2021, Seville), a legend of Spanish and Andalusian cycling who died yesterday Wednesday as a result of complications derived from colon cancer. Gómez del Moral was the first Spaniard in history to win the Tour del Porvenir back in 1962 and had a long and prolific sports career that led him to win three stages in the Vuelta an España and one in the Giro d’Italia, where it was also a ‘pink jersey’ for three days. The egabrense participated in five editions of the Tour de France, being 11th in both 1966 and 1968, years in which he participated in the success of the team classification of the Kas team and the Spanish team, respectively. Upon his retirement, Gómez del Moral continued to be linked to the world of cycling, being an active member of the organization of the Tour of Andalusia – Ruta del Sol. Rest in peace, ”says the official website of the Tour de France.
He represented Spain in four World Championships, signing eleventh place at the 1965 Lasarte event, and was the first Spaniard to win the Tour del Porvenir, in 1962. He was also the Spanish road champion in 1965 and in the mountains in 1967, and he scored several laps in stages, among which the Volta (1965) or the Andalusian round (1969) stand out.