This week the peloton is riding Vuelta al País Vasco in Basque Country. José Antonio González Linares is one of the two riders who did win the stage race four times. Alberto Contador Velasco is the other rider to do so.
If I hear the name of José Antonio González Linares, I always have to think about Tour de France 1970. The second part of stage 7 was an individual time trial around Forest. The big favourite for that time trial was Eddy Merckx, who wears the yellow jersey with nearly two minutes advantage of Walter Godefroot, but Merckx was surprised beaten by González Linares with three seconds. It was one of the biggest victories for the Spanish rider in his career.
Besides this victory, González Linares won the Vuelta al País Vasco four times, took three stage victories in La Vuelta and became Spanish champion in 1970. After his career, González Linares became a politician. For his party, “Partido Regionalista de Cantabria”, he successfully participated in the elections of 1999 for the region Cantabria.