Former world champ Altig dies at 79

Rudi Altig, who won the Vuelta a España in 1962 and the world championship road race in 1966, has died at age 79, according to family members

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BERLIN (AFP) — German cyclist Rudi Altig, a former world champion who wore the Tour de France yellow jersey for a total of 18 days in four appearances in the 1960s, died on Saturday at age 79, his family said.

World road champ in 1966, Altig had been fighting a serious illness, according to SID news agency, a subsidiary of AFP.

Altig also captured the 1962 Vuelta a España. He retired in 1971 and it was once estimated that in his career he had pedaled for more than one million kilometers.

Altig was married and had three children and two grand-children.

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