Victor Kapitonov dies aged 71

By Sergey Kurdyukov

Russian cycling lost one of its all-time greats yesterday. Victor Kapitonov, the very first Soviet Olympic champion in the road race, who subsequently brought up several generations of winners as head coach of the Soviet national team, passed away in hospital in Moscow. For the last couple of years Kapitonov was courageously fighting serious diseases, but finally his body gave in.

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