In addition, Bahamontes shared the Mountains Jersey prize with Charly Gaul of Luxembourg and M. Del Rio of Italy in the 1956 Giro d’Italia.
Bahamontes was a majestic climber, but a timid descender.
The considerable advantage he would gain on the climbs would often be eliminated on the descents.
In the seven Tours de France he rode, he won the mountains jersey every year but one.
In his first Tour appearance in 1954, he destroyed the competition on one of the major climbs then stopped for ice cream and waited for his competitors.
Bahamontes’ main rival in the late 1950’s was Charly Gaul. Both were the pre-eminent climbers of the day, though Bahamontes was a more consistent climber.
In 1964, Bahamontes placed third in his last Tour at age 36.