Former Pro of Spain Jose Viejo passes away who was remembered for having the biggest margin in the stage of Tour de France. He died in Madrid, his home Azuqueca de Henares.
He was struggling with liver disease. His name is forever marked in the Tour de France stage for posing as a solo winner in about 22 minutes and 50 seconds.
In 1976 he raced in the Super Ser Squad of the Luis Oceania. The director of the sport told other to lead the race when Oceania had lost time in the mountains of Alps and was trailing to the Lucien Van Impe. The entire task came on the shoulders of Impe in the stage 11 which was a 224 kilometre race. He celebrated his victory with 160 kilometres and he took on the Dutch Gerban Karstens in 22-50 minutes. After coming back to his home he relied on to it. It was his wife Elena who recorded the fabulous event and who has 5 children.
Racing took place by Viejo for teams such as Kas, Zor, Teka, La Casera and Super Ses. His entire journey of cycling profession lasted for 12 years that is from 1971 to 1982. His biggest trophy was the stage of Manosque. Amidst his other palmares it includes the Poland Tour in completion and races of small stage such as Vuelta a Asturias, Pais Vasco and Vuelta a Andulicia. When he retired from the professional cycling he took to the opening of a sports shop and then he worked for the lottery company.
At a mass in his home town he will be remembered and also for the entire cycling world for emerging as the only rider to win in the prestigious events. His achievements speak for himself and he does not have to prove it to anybody.