In 1975, Esclassan won the Critérium International and then took his first Tour victory, winning Stage 4 though he was ultimately unable to finish. A year later, he won Stage 8 at the Tour and was third in the Points competition; then in 1977 he won Stage 5a and finished 14 stages in the top ten, sufficient to give him a 96-point advantage over second-place Giacinto Santambrogio for the green jersey. He returned to the Tour in 1978 and won Stages 2 and 12b, finishing second for Points
José Luis Laguía, born in Pedro Muñoz, Spain on this day in 1959, turned professional with Reynolds in 1980 and spent the first six years of his career riding for them. During that time, he won the King of the Mountains in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1986 - a record five times. Among his many other victories are the Tour of the Basque Country in 1981 and again in 1982, when he also won the National Road Race Championship. Unusually for a climber, Laguia could hold his own in a sprint: in 1982, the year of his second Vuelta King of the Mountains, he was second overall in the Points competition with 57 fewer points than Freddy Maertens (but 62 more than General Classification winner Bernard Hinault). He tried again in 1979 but left the race after Stage 15 and retired at the end of the year.
Other cyclists born on this day: Blel Kadri (France, 1986); Sergey Kolesnikov (USSR, 1986); Cheung King Wai (Hong Kong, 1985); Jason McCartney (USA, 1973); Christophe Mengin (France, 1968); Phil Edwards (Great Britain, 1949); Bernard Mammes (USA, 1911); René Pijnen (Netherlands, 1946); Michaël D'Almeida (France, 1987); Fred Rodriguez (Colombia, 1973); Matsuyoshi Takahashi (Japan, 1955); Henning Petersen (Denmark, 1939); Ove Jensen (Denmark, 1947); Robert Šebenik (Yugoslavia, 1965); Rebecca Bailey (New Zealand, 1974); Jaime Nielsen (New Zealand, 1985); Hilton Clarke (Australia, 1944); Matthew Hamon (USA, 1968); André Cardoso (Portugal, 1984); Ray Robinson (South Africa, 1929); Kurt Schmied (Austria, 1965); Pat Gellineau (Trinidad and Tobago, 1951).