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José María Jiménez

Retro Rider: José María Jiménez – Erratic and Tragic

PEZ Retro: Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has cast his eye on a Spanish icon; José María Jiménez. The Spanish climber was in the Pantani mould, and like the Italian he came to a bad end. Jiménez was a hero to many, but also his erratic riding and life style alienated others. 'El Chava' was one of the last pure climbers; exciting to watch, but ultimately tragic.