Visser had been performing well in road racing since the beginning of her cycling career and, by the time she won the Ronde van Drenthe in 2007, already had numerous criterium races listed on her palmares - road racing became her focus that year and she repeated her Drenthe success at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen four months later. In 2008 she teamed up with Marianne Vos to win the Vierdaagse van Rotterdam on the track, then finished Stage 4 at the Gracia Orlova in second place and went on to win three other races. The following year she was sixth at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, proving beyond doubt that she had the ability to compete with the best riders in the world on the road; then in 2010 she was seventh at the Tour of Qatar and fifth at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. She bettered her performance in Qatar for a fourth place finish the next year and won her first big General Classification at the popular Energiewacht Tour and, in 2012, won Le Samyn and Erpe-Mere, also coming fifth again at the Ronde van Vlaanderen and third overall at the GP Elsy Jacobs.
A strong all-rounder with a powerful sprint, many fans believe that on the right parcours Visser has the potential to be a World Champion.
Born in Groningen on this day in 1873, Jacobus Johannes Eden's mother died shortly after his birth and the boy was raised by his grandparents when his father, a teacher, was unable to devote sufficient time to his upbringing. They ran a hotel at Santpoort, where the sand dunes have long been a popular location for sports; Jaap took part in cross country running and athletics (which his father taught) during the summer and speed skating in the winter. He had natural talent - when he was 15 his skating technique brought him to the attention of a skater named Klaas Pander, then rated number one in the country, who invited Eden to train with him. Aged 17, Eden won an important short-track event and was selected for unofficial World Skating Championships where he won bronze in the half-mile and was fourth in the mile. Early in 1892, Eden won his first international competition, the Prince of Orange Cup that took place in Great Britain; later that year skaters and skating club officials met in the Netherlands to create a worldwide governing body, the International Skating Union, which would organise the first official World Skating Championships to be held in Amsterdam during the winter of 1892/3. Eden won and became a national celebrity, his image being used to sell everything from skates to cigars, then won again in 1895 and 1896.
What is of more interest to us, however, is his cycling achievements. Having become World Speed Skating Champion in 1893, Eden went to the World Track Cycling Championships held in Antwerp in 1894 and won the 10km. One year later, when the Worlds were held in Cologne, he won the Sprint. To this day, Eden remains the only man to have been a world champion in cycling and speed skating (two women - Sheila Young from the USA and Christa Luding-Rothenburger from Germany - have also managed it).
Agustín Tamames Iglesias, who was born in Monterrubio de Armuña, Spain on this day in 1944, won five stages and the overall General Classification at the Vuelta a Espana in 1975. A year later, he became National Road Race Champion.
Other cyclists born on this day: Julio Echeverry (Colombia, 1957); Suleman Abdul Rahman (Ethiopia, 1942); Krzysztof Sujka (Poland, 1955); Mike Day (USA, 1984); Gerhard Scheller (West Germany, 1958); Frank Connell (USA, 1909, died 2002); Glen Mitchell (New Zealand, 1972); Bernard Darmet (France, 1945); Monterrubio de Armuña, Spain (Spain, 1944); Cvitko Bilić (Yugoslavia, 1943); Arnold Uhrlass (USA, 1931).