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The former Basque cyclist Txomin Perurena, one of the prominent names of this sport in the 70s, has died at the age of 79 because of an illness, sources from the Guipuzcoan Cycling Federation have confirmed to EFE.

Perurena, born in the Gipuzkoan town of Oiartzun in 1943, resided in San Sebastian and died on Thursday, these sources have indicated.

The Gipuzkoan cyclist started in his sport very young and, as a professional, went through the teams of Fagor, Kas and Teka. His record includes a second place in the 1975 Vuelta a España and twelve stage wins in the Spanish round. In addition, he was King of the Mountain in the Tour de France in 1974.

After retiring, he was sports director of teams such as Orbea, Caja Rural and Euskaltel.

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