The most important positions Luis Puig played throughout his career were related to the cycling world. In 1966 he joined the board of the Spanish Federation as a member. The president of the time, Manuel Serdan, appointed him as national coach and also led the Spanish team in several editions of the Tour de France when it was disputed by national teams.
The 21st of November of 1968 he came to presidency of the Cycling Spanish Federation and maintained the charge for 16 years a month and a day exactly.
His international career began in 1974, when he was elected as member of the Technical Committee of the International Professional Cycling Federation (IFTF). Three years later he was appointed Vice President of the International Amateur Cycling (FIAC), and in 1981 he reached the position of president of the company, which automatically became vice president of the International Cycling Union (UCI).
That same year Adriano Rodoni, president of the UCI, died. That forced to call elections, where Luis Puig presented himself and wan them. Since then he appeared at the head of the world cycling governing body, being reelected in 1985 and 1989.
“As president of the UCI, Luis Puig has always been to me as a father. A great moderator and a pivotal figure between the two blocks of amateur and professional cycling. Despite what people might say, I lost a friend and a teacher. He was the father of the international cycling family “.
Hein Verbruggen – President of the ICU between 1991 and 2005
“He was an innovator in his time, because his methods are now commonplace and naturally accepted by riders, it is the strategy of modern cycling. When someone dies it is said he/she was the best, but in this case I have no way out, I mean that sincerely. He was still young to die”
Luis Ocaña – Tour of France champion of 1973
“Spanish cycling will hardly have again a man with the ability to work, the experience and humanity that Luis had”.
Miquel Poblet – First Spanish Yellow Jersey of the Tour of France of 1955
“I arrived to Valencia and I had not enough money to eat. Luis called me and opened his door for me, and that day I could eat, which is something I will never forget”.
Bernardo Ruiz – First Spanish who took the podium of the Tour of France in 1952
“The intelligence of cycling is gone along with him. For our sport it is one of the saddest things that could ever happen, because he was the one who worked the most for its professionalization”.
Vicente Belda – Ex- cyclist and director of cycling teams
“This Valencian has been a luxury for the Spanish sports, a rare specimen in a sphere where mediocre thrive. He played all cycling sides until chairing the UCI … after Samaranch, the highest-ranking Spanish in the international sports world. But Luis Puig has been much more. It was the intelligence and the class serving cycling, the luxury Ambassador of a country that in the cycling Europe was not well seen or considered at all. Runner of hallways and offices, he knew how to deal with the federation of the cycling world … he closed his life book at July 31st at the age of 75 but he must be organizing a cyclist club up there”.
Chema Rodriguez – Journalist and foundator of the Cyclist seminar “Meta 2000″