By John WilcocksonVeloNews editorial director
This report filed December 6, 2005
One of cycling's greatest-ever climbers, Charly Gaul of Luxembourg, died on Tuesday, two days short of his 73rd birthday. Gaul was hospitalized after a fall at his home in Itzig, 10km outside Luxembourg City, and died shortly before noon from a pulmonary embolism. He leaves a wife and a daughter.
Gaul is best remembered for his exploits in the mountain stages of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, particularly in adverse weather conditions. He won the Giro in 1956 and 1959 and the Tour in 1958. At the Tour, Gaul was handicapped by racing in the era of national teams because Luxembourg, a nation of only 400,000 people, was generally one of the weakest teams in the race.
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