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José María 'Chaba' Jiménez - A Tribute
 
By Podofdonny
Date: 12/7/2003
José María 'Chaba' Jiménez - A Tribute
 

José María 'Chaba' Jiménez

The sad news of the death of José María 'Chaba' Jiménez has sent shockwaves through the cycling world; and nowhere is the loss of the charismatic climber felt more than in his homelands of Spain.

Using pictures from the Banesto site we look at the reactions from fellow cyclists, politicians and fans as the cycling world tries to come to terms with this tragic loss -


"This is a bad blow for all of us. I knew that he had some problems, but it seemed that things were going better for him and that he was getting better. It seems that his body simply gave up on him. He was a great rider and a good person. We went through very good and very bad moments together, but you always want to have good guys like him around you." - Miguel Indurain

”He was an exceptional cyclist and a great champion, at the moment I do not have words to express how I feel. I was his teammate for three seasons (1997 to 1999 in Banesto), and in that time he demonstrated that he was an exceptional cyclist.” - “Triki” Beltrán


"The last time I saw him was his wedding day. Since then I heard that little by little he was improving...now there is nothing to do but remember him.” - José Miguel Echavarri – DS Banesto


"It's a premature death, one which we all regret. He was a great fighter who was trying to recover from his depression." - Manolo Saiz


“It's a great loss – he was an artist on the bicycle, especially in the mountains, he was a great champion....” - Laudelino Cubino (Pro cyclist 1986-1996)


"He was a cyclist who was popular with everyone. He was a great champion who has now gone and I'm sad for that. I knew he'd been in a delicate state." - Manuel Perez, president of the Spanish cycling federation


“What I will always remember (apart from his climbing performances..........) was that at races he always had time to interact with people at the roadside. One moment sticks to mind: being such a big climber he went up the slightly hilly Gulpernerberg in the Amstel Gold Race in southern Holland way way back, smiling and waving and chatting to everyone who was standing there...he had great fun. I hope he has found his peace...” - Anita Van Crey


"When it went well for him, he was an absolute joy going up mountains. His career (and seemingly his life) was so inconsistent: high mountains, deep troughs”. - Perseguidor

Palmares (Courtesy Todociclismo)

2001

1 - Etapa 8 Vuelta España ESP 08/09/2001 BAN

1 - Etapa 11 Vuelta España ESP 08/09/2001 BAN

1 - Etapa 12 Vuelta España ESP 08/09/2001 BAN

2 Subida Urkiola ESP 12/08/2001 BAN

3 Vuelta La Rioja ESP 04/05/2001 BAN

4 Vuelta Castilla y Leon ESP 05/08/2001 BAN

17 Vuelta España ESP 08/09/2001 BAN

2000

1 CLASICA ALPES FRA 03/06/2000 BAN

1 VOLTA CATALUNYA ESP 15/06/2000 BAN

1 - Etapa 7 VOLTA CATALUNYA ESP 15/06/2000 BAN

1 - Etapa 8 VOLTA CATALUNYA ESP 15/06/2000 BAN

14 VUELTA LA RIOJA ESP 28/04/2000 BAN

23 TOUR FRANCIA FRA 01/07/2000 BAN

1999

1 - Etapa 8 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 04/09/1999 BAN

2 VUELTA ARAGON ESP 14/04/1999 BAN

3 VOLTA CATALUNYA ESP 17/06/1999 BAN

3 SUBIDA URKIOLA ESP 08/08/1999 BAN

5 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 04/09/1999 BAN

8 VUELTA BURGOS ESP 16/08/1999 BAN

33 GIRO ITALIA ITA 15/05/1999 BAN

1998

1 - Etapa 5 Sector 1 VUELTA ASTURIAS ESP 12/05/1998 BAN

1 - Etapa 3 Sector 1 DAUPHINE LIBERE FRA 07/06/1998 BAN

1 - Etapa 6 Sector 1 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 05/09/1998 BAN

1 - Etapa 10 Sector 1 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 05/09/1998 BAN

1 - Etapa 11 Sector 1 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 05/09/1998 BAN

1 - Etapa 16 Sector 1 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 05/09/1998 BAN

2 VUELTA ASTURIAS ESP 12/05/1998 BAN

3 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 05/09/1998 BAN

5 DAUPHINE LIBERE FRA 07/06/1998 BAN

7 VUELTA BURGOS ESP 17/08/1998 BAN

9 RUTA SUR FRA 27/06/1998 BAN

11 VUELTA LA RIOJA ESP 30/04/1998 BAN

1997

1 VUELTA LA RIOJA ESP 01/05/1997 BAN

1 - Etapa 2 VUELTA LA RIOJA ESP 01/05/1997 BAN

1 CAMPEONATO ESPAÑA ESP 29/06/1997 BAN

1 - Etapa 19 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 06/09/1997 BAN

2 SUBIDA URKIOLA ESP 10/08/1997 BAN

2 SUBIDA NARANCO ESP 04/10/1997 BAN

3 CLASICA ALPES FRA 07/06/1997 BAN

5 VUELTA ASTURIAS ESP 13/05/1997 BAN

8 TOUR FRANCIA FRA 05/07/1997 BAN

21 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 06/09/1997 BAN

1996

1 SUBIDA URKIOLA ESP 11/08/1996 BAN

4 GP PRIMAVERA ESP 14/04/1996 BAN

6 TROFEO NAVARRA ESP 04/04/1996 BAN

6 VUELTA BURGOS ESP 19/08/1996 BAN

7 TROFEO CASTILLA Y LEON ESP 04/08/1996 BAN

8 VUELTA PUERTOS ESP 18/08/1996 BAN

9 SETMANA CATALANA ESP 25/03/1996 BAN

12 VUELTA ESPAÑA ESP 07/09/1996 BAN

14 VUELTA PAIS VASCO ESP 08/04/1996 BAN

14 VUELTA CATALUÑA ESP 13/06/1996 BAN

57 TOUR FRANCIA FRA 29/06/1996 BAN

 
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