|Romain Bellenger, 1894-1981|
Angelino Soler, born in Alcazar in Spain on this day in 1939, was the winner of the 1961 Vuelta a Espana, during which he won Stage 6 and shared victory in the Stage 1a Team Time Trial. In 1962, he won Stages 3, 16 and 18 and the King of the Mountains at the Giro d'Italia.
Dutch track cyclist Petrus "Piet" Ikelaar, a bronze medalist at the 1920 Olympic Games, died on this day in 1992. He was 96 years old.
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Steven de Jongh, born in Alkmaar in the Netherlands on this day in 1973, was a professional rider first with TVM from 1995, moving to Rabobank until 2005 and then spending his final three seasons prior to retirement with Quick Step. He became National Under-23 Road Race Champion in 1995 and won a stage at the Tour of Poland that same year, then showed his skill in criteriums before winning a stage and the General Clasification at the Postgirot Open (Tour of Sweden) in 1998. He would return to the same race in 2002, the last year it was held, and won two stages. For the remainder of his career he concentrated chiefly on one-day races, winning Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, the Nokere Koerse semi-classic and others, adding a stage win at the Tour of Qatar in his penultimate professional career. In 2010, he became directeur sportif at Team Sky. "The tension you experience during races is greater in the team car than it ever was on the road," he says.
Kristjan Koren, born on this day in 1986, is a Postojna-born professional whose best results to date have been the Slovenian National Championship in 2007 and two stages in the 2009 Under-27 Giro d'Italia. He rode his first Tour de France in 2010. Working out his average finish shows an improvement between the two years, with 93 in 2010 and 71 in 2011.
Charles Albert Brécy raced at turn of the 20th Century, as an individual and later as a professional. He died on this day in 1904 after a crash at the Parc des Princes velodrome managed by Henri Desgrange.
Other births: Carlo Westphal (Germany, 1985); Rudolf Maresch (Austria, 1934); Ivan Kučírek (Czechoslovakia, 1946); Luis Zárate (Mexico, 1940); Stéphane Operto (Monaco, 1966); Louis Verreydt (Belgium, 1950); David Brink (USA, 1947); Manon Jutras (Canada, 1967); Dalbir Singh Gill (India, 1936).