His international experience as coach gave shape to the revolution that Luis Puig intended to take on the Spanish cycling. In his first appearance at the Giro d’Italia was fascinated: “Rhythm, speed, position in the peloton, fans like arrows and equipment operation. Teams with a sprinter, two climbers and a champion, a true team leader and the other domestic ones, headed to work. It was what I intended to impose.”
The cyclist´s subordination of work to team orders became an obsession for the coach. His plans, however, clashed with the strong rivalry among the top two Spanish cyclists of the time, Federico Martin Bahamontes and Jesús Loroño, a rivalry also fueled by partisan pressure from their sponsors and the press, which prevented establishing a common tactic for the benefit of group. The conflict erupted in the “Vuelta España” in 1957.
The golden age of Spanish cycling was beginning to take shape. El Correo Español-El Pueblo Vasco had assumed the organization of the “Vuelta España” in 1955, after five years without celebrating it. In 1957, Bahamontes and Loroño headed the Spanish team led by Puig, convinced that the development of the final competition would appoint a team leader: “In this duo of monsters of cycling I have to coordinate what it cannot be coordinated.”
The “Vuelta España” arrived in Valencia with Bahamontes as the leader. Bernardo Ruiz, who knew the tramontana of Perelló, launched an attack to which Loroño responded, dissatisfied with the leadership of the Águila of Toledo. Although Puig had initially ordered the Basque cyclist not to cooperate with the break, when the advantage was of around fifteen minutes, he required him to put his back into it. The French team was confident that Bahamontes would jump to his rival and make the work to his team leader, Raphael Geminiani, but Ruiz and Loroño reached Tortosa’s goal with 21 minutes of advantage.