|Lapize in the Tour de France, 1910|
(image credit: Polygoon Hollands Nieuws
CC BY-SA 3.0)
|Tony Rominger at Paris-Nice, 1993|
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Tony Rominger was born in Vejle, Denmark on this day in 1961, but is of Swiss nationality. On the 22nd of October 1994, he set a new Hour Record of 53.832km at the Velodrome du Lac in Bordeaux, then beat it with 55.291km two weeks later on the same track.
In addition to his success on track, Rominger was a road cyclist of considerable repute who won the Vuelta al País Vasco three times (1992, 1993, 1995), the Tour de Romandie twice (1991, 1995), the Giro di Lombardia twice (1989, 1992), the Tirrenio-Adriatico twice (1989, 1990), Paris-Nice twice (1991-1994) and the Grand Prix des Nations twice (1991, 1994). In addition, he won one edition of the Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme (1993), the GP Eddy Merckx (1994), the Giro dell'Emilia (1988) and the Subida a Urkiola (1993).
Rominger's Grand Tour performance is legendary, despite never winning the Tour de France (best result 2nd overall, 1st in the King of the Mountains and wins for Stages 10, 11 and 19 in 1993). He won the General Classification and the Points competition at the 1995 Giro d'Italia, but it was at the Vuelta a Espana that he really shone with a total of 13 stage wins and the Mountains, Points and General Classifications in 1993. He also won the General Classification in 1992 and 1994 - a record that still stands, Roberto Heras' fourth win in 2005 having been disqualified after he tested positive for EPO.
Rominger retired in 1997 after breaking his collarbone at the Tour de France.
|Kieran Modra with pilot Kerry Golding|
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Blake Caldwell, a cyclist born in Boulder, Colorado on this day in 1984, rode at the top level of the sport between 2007 and 2009 with the Garmin-Chipotle team, winning a stage at the Tour of Utah. In 2010, he was forced to leave the team and join Team Holowesko Partners so that he could race at a less competitive level due to the onset of the "brittle bone disease" osteoporosis.
Lon Haldeman was born in Harvard, Illinois on this day in 1953. He won the Race Across America - a 4,800km multi-day, single-stage ultra marathon bike race - in 1982 (the first year the event was held) and 1983, doing so on a diet of junk food, little water and even less sleep.
Other births: Herman Ponsteen (Netherlands, 1953); Gary Sutton (Australia, 1955); Alick Bevan (Great Britain, 1915, died 1945); Nebojša Jovanović (Serbia, 1983); Daiva Čepelienė (Lithuania, 1970); Ismael Torres (Argentina, 1952, died 2003); Hendrik Brocks (Indonesia, 1942); Kelvin Poole (Australia, 1958); Oscar von Büren (Switzerland, 1933); Pablo Hurtado (Colombia, 1932); Bernhard Britz (Sweden, 1906, died 1935).