Colombian pedalism is in mourning, after learning of the death of the cyclist from Valle del Cauca Luis H. Diaz, who was better known as the ‘Colombian bullet’.
Díaz was born on September 5, 1945 in Buga and from a very young age he stood out for his work and victories on flat terrain.
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When he was five years old, his family moved to Tuluá, Valle del Cauca, and in that town he built his career as a cyclist and as a person.
Winner in the Olympic cycle
The victories on the road and on the track were innumerable and the title is remembered in the test of the individual pursuit of the Bolivarian Games of 1970 and the Central American and Caribbean Games four years later.
Luis H. also was champion on several occasions of the flying goals of the Vuelta a Colombia and the Classic RCN, the two most important stage races in the country.
In 1973 he became the national road champion and a year later he achieved the third place in the general classification of the Return to Colombia.
He went through various teams such as Canada Dry, Caribú, Colombian Polymers, Castalia, Banco Cafetero, Isla San Pedro de Aquitania-Leche la Gran Vía.
Once retired, he set up a bicycle store-workshop in Tuluá, from which he lived for a long time.
Last September, Díaz’s request to the New EPS was known, in which he called for better care.
Díaz has struggled with cancer in recent years and on several occasions the media echoed his family’s request for help with treatment.
Olga Ceballos, his wife, was the one who faced that tough fight with the EPS so that they would authorize chemotherapy sessions and give him the orders of medicine.
Díaz’s body will be veiled in Los Olivos, located at Cra. 27 with Cll. 25 of the Salesianos neighborhood of Tuluá.
Luis H. Díaz will be remembered for his speed tip, the 18 times he participated in the Tour of Colombia, but more for his gift of people and his permanent happiness.
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