|Leducq (in the dark jersey) with Georges Speicher|
|This photograph of Leducq, one of the Tour's|
most iconic images, was used as a model by
sculptor Arno Breker for his most famous work
La Guerrier Blessé (The Injured Warrior). The
most notable difference is that Leducq has his
Early in the Second World War, Leducq was arrested by the Nazis for reasons unknown (the Nazis being the sort of people that they were, there may not have been a reason). The rider recounted after the war that things were not going his way while under detention and he began to have very grave worries about his safety - but then, he was saved by an unlikely hero: a high-ranking German officer, who had been watching him, suddenly said, "I know you - you're Leducq" and let him go.
After retiring in 1939, Leducq took up a job with the Mercier bike company and briefly managed the firm's team, resigning from the position because he felt that the new generation of riders were boring and had none of the sense of fun and adventure that his own had done. When Raymond Poulidor was with the team and trying to win his own Tour de France (but never would) after several years in which he became known as "The Eternal Second" , Leducq sought to encourage him with the story of his arrest by the Nazis. "So you see, Raymond - sometimes, it's good to have won a Tour," he finished. He died on the 18th of June in 1980.
|Post-race celebratory beer for Boyarskaya|
(All rights reserved; image used by
kind permission of Sarah Connolly)
Agnes Dusart, born in Tienen, Belgium on this day in 1962, was National Road Race Champion in 1986 and 1987, then again 1988 when she also finished 2nd at the GP Chiasso.
Takashi Miyazawa is one of the very few Far Eastern cyclists to have made an impact in cycling's European heartland, beginning when he came 2nd in Stages 3 and 5 at the Vuelta Ciclista a Leon in 2005. He stayed nearer to home in 2006, winning Stage 1 at the Tour of Siam, podium finishes at several other events and the overall Generall Classification at the Tour de Okinawa, then scored a series of podium finishes in Europe and the East in the next season. He won two Tours of Hokkaido in 2008 and 2009, then became National Road Race Champion and won the Kumamoto International Road Race criterium in 2010. In 2011, he returned to Europe and won Isegem, came a surprising 5th at Paris-Brussels and 6th at the GP Nobili Rubinetterie Coppa Città di Stresa.
Other cyclists born on this day: Marcelino Garcia Alonso (Spain, 1971); David Fletcher (Great Britain, 1989); Aaron Donnelly (Australia, 1991); Anna Barensfield (USA, 1983); Roger De Pauw (Belgium, 1921); Márcio Ravelli (Brazil, 1972); Park Seong-Baek (South Korea, 1985); Onni Kasslin (Finland, 1927, died 2003); Jock Miller (Great Britain, 1881, died 1957); Innar Mändoja (Estonia, 1978); Piet van Katwijk (Netherlands, 1950); Fisihasion Ghebreyesus (Ethiopia, 1941).