Joaquim Agostinho

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Joaquim Agostinho (born April 7, 1943 in Brejenjas , A dos Cunhados , Torres Vedras , † May 10, 1984 in Lisbon ) was a Portuguese cyclist .


In February 1968, Agostinho began his professional cycling career with Sporting Lisbon . In April of the same year he took part in a regional competition and won it. In August 1968 he took part in the Tour of Portugal for the first time . He finished second in the overall ranking and together with his team won the team ranking . He was then nominated for the world championship in road racing in Imola and achieved 16th place, the best result that a Portuguese had ever achieved.

Discovered by Jean de Gribaldy , Agostinho won the Portuguese road championship five times in a row (from 1969 to 1973), three times in a row at the Tour of Portugal (from 1970 to 1972) and took part in the Tour de France 13 times . In 1978 and 1979 he took third place. In 1972 he took part in the Tour de Suisse and finished fifth.

In 1972 Agostinho left Sporting Lisbon and went to France to join Frimatic . In 1973 he drove for Bic and returned to Sporting Lisbon in 1975. In 1978 he moved to Velda-Lano-Flandria , and in 1980 from there to Puch-Campagnolo , where he probably had his best year. In 1981 he moved to Sem-France-Loire .

Joaquim Agostinho statue in Torres Vedras, Portugal

During his career he has been proven to have committed doping offenses several times . At the Tour de Portugal 1969 he received a time penalty of 15 seconds after a positive test and slipped from 2nd to 7th overall. At the Tour de France 1972 he was tested positive again and received a time penalty of 10 minutes. The third time he was noticed at the Tour de France in 1977, after a positive test at the 18th stage (which he had won) he received a ten-minute time penalty, a fine of 1,000 Swiss francs and was suspended for a month.

It was with this bike that Agostinho suffered his fatal accident

In 1984 Joaquim Agostinho returned to Sporting Lisbon. On April 30 of the same year he was attacked by a dog on the fifth stage of the tenth Algarve tour , fell and sustained severe head injuries. Despite everything, he got back on his bike, finished the stage and was operated on in Lisbon ten hours later. As a result of these injuries, Agostinho died on May 10, 1984 in the Lisbon hospital CUF.

Grande Prémio Internacional de Torres Vedras

Building of the future museum
The agostinhas of municipal bike rental

Since 1978 the Grande Prémio Internacional de Torres Vedras has been a stage race that has been part of the UCI Europe Tour since 2005 and is dedicated to Agostinho. In 2013, the city acquired an office building which, after two years, is to become a museum in honor of Agostinho, to which Agostinho's families and those of his teammates will contribute mementos. In addition, in May 2013, the participants of the International Cycling History Conference inaugurated a new public bike rental system , the bikes of which were named Agostinhas . In addition, a red wine is produced in Torres Vedras that bears the name Terras de Agostinho .


  • Frimatic - de Gribaldy: 1969-1970
  • Hoover: 1971
  • Magniflex - de Gribaldy: 1972
  • Bic: 1973, 1974
  • Teka : 1976, 1977
  • Flandria : 1978, 1979
  • Puch-Sem-Campagnolo: 1980
  • Sem-France Loire: 1981, 1983

Individual evidence

  2. Ralf Meutgens : Doping im Radsport , Bielefeld 2007, pp. 255 ff. ISBN 978-3-7688-5245-6
  3. World's newest bike share scheme is named after Tour de France rider on v. May 17, 2013 ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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