|Peter Bissell, 1986-2007|
Jeroen Johannes Hendrikus Blijlevens, born in Rijen, Netherlands on this day in 1971, rose to prominence as one of the most devastatingly effective sprinters of the 1990s, a skill that saw him win a total of four stages at the Tour de France (Stage 5, 1995; Stage 5, 1996; Stage 6, 1997; Stage 4, 1998), five at the Vuelta a Espana(Stage 10, 1995; Stage 5, 1996; Stages 2 and 5, 1998; Stage 21, 1999) and two at the Giro d'Italia (Stages 3 and 7, 1999). Today, he is best known as directeur sportif of the Rabobank women's team where he has worked with the world's top-rated rider Marianne Vos.
Happy birthday to German track rider Thomas Huschke, born in 1947, winner of silver and bronze at the 1972 and 1976 Games. Huschke comes from a cycling dynasty: he's the grandson of Adolf, German Road Champion in 1921 and son of Gerhard, 4th in the 1934 World Road Championships.
|Christophe Rinero at the Tour de Romandie in 2007|
(image credit: Ludovic Péron CC BY-SA 3.0)
Other cyclists born on this day: Marielle Guichard (France, 1963); Georgios Khimonetos (Greece, 1972); Joseph Kono (Cameroon, 1950); Juan Merhab (Puerto Rico, 1970); Edwin Torres (Puerto Rico, 1946); Besnik Musaj (Albania, 1973); Kyrylo Pospieiev (USSR, 1975); Walter Reiser (Switzerland, 1925); Philip Sawyer (Australia, 1951); Clayton Stevenson (Australia, 1967); Guillaume Van Tongerloo (Belgium, 1933); Roger Whitfield (Great Britain, 1943); Dennis McCoy (USA, 1966).