In 1973 Giro d’Italia, José Manuel Fuente of KAS team won the Cimma Coppi prize second consecutive time. It was at stage 19, a 208 km monster stage from Andalo to Aurozo di Cadore, which include Valles, Santa Lucia, Giau, Tre Croci passes.
Merckx was so dominant during the 1973 race. Before that penultimate stage, Fuente attacked on many stages with no luck, every time Merckx caught and passed him. But this time, his efforts paid back. He attacked at the first ascent, Passo Valles, and was never seen again. He won the stage 1 min 6 sec ahead of Francesco Moser (Filotex). At 1 min 8 sec, Ole Ritter came. The big favorites’ group which include the eventual winner Eddy Merckx (Molteni), Felice Gimondi (Bianchi), Enrico Paolini (SCIC), Wladimiro Panizza (G.B.C.), José Pesarrodona (KAS), Gianni Motta (Zonca) and Italo Zilioli (Dreherforte) came home 2 min 38 sec after Fuente.
Eddy Merckx won the 1973 giro 7 min 42 sec ahead of Gimondi. Fuente finished in 8th place, at 26 min 6 sec. The movie named “Stars and Water Carriers” (directed by Jørgen Leth) tells the story of the 1973 Giro d’Italia.