Tour of Spain 2007 st 21 Madrid

Enrique Franco, a key figure in the history of the Tour of Spain, has died aged 74 after a long illness.

Franco was responsible for re-organising and revitalizing the race when it was on the point of complete collapse in 1979. Basque separatists had forced the race?s cancellation of its final stage in 1978 after littering the route with tree trunks and nails, and the newspaper responsible for organising the Vuelta, El Correo Vasco, pulled out.

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