Jolanta won stages at the Trophée d'Or (and was second overall) and the Women's Challenge in 1999, but neither twin won a race outright; in 2000 Rasa was third at the World ITT Championship and Jolanta won Stage 11 at the Tour de France Féminin. In 2001 Rasa became World Road Race Champion and a year later Jolanta won Stage 1 at the Giro Donne - as did Rasa in 2003, with Jolanta right behind her for second place. They competed together at the 2004 Olympics with Rasa coming 29th in the Road Race and 23rd in the ITT while Jolanta was 31st in the Road Race; then neither won a race until 2008 when Rasa won Stage 5 at the Tour de France Féminin and Jolanta won the Lyon Vaise - with Rasa taking second place.
Michele Scarponi, born in Filottrano, Italy on this day in 1979, turned professional with Acqua & Sapone in 2002 and came 18th at the Giro d'Italia, then rode for Domina-Vacanze in 2003 and 2004 - in the first year he was 16th at the Giro and 13th at the Vuelta a Espana, then in the second he was 32nd at the Tour de France. In 2005 he went to Liberty Seguros-Würth and remained with them after the team became Astana in 2006; during that time he came 11th at the Vuelta.
|Scarponi at the 2012 Tour de France|
In 2011, Scarponi signed to Lampre-ISD and he remains with them to this day; that year, he won the Points competition at Tirreno-Adriatico and was second in the General Classification and the Points competition at the Giro. In 2012, he was fourth in the General Classification and the Points competition at the Giro and 24th overall at the Tour de France and in 2013 he was fourth overall at the Giro, second at the Italian National Championships and 15th at the Vuelta Espana.
Dainius Kairelis, born in Utena, Lithuania on this day in 1979, won the Baby Giro in 2003 and became National Road Race Champion in 2006.
Sara Symington, who was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela on this day in 1969, is a retired British cyclist who won the 1998 National Circuit Race Championships. Prior to becoming a full-time cyclist, she was a member of the national triathlon team. In 2000 she was 10th in the Road Race at the Olympic and in 2001 she finished the National Road Race Championship in third place; she also won Stage 7 at the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin in 2002 and Stage 4 two years later.
Mike Kluge, born in Berlin on this day in 1962, was World Amateur Cyclo Cross Champion in 1985 and 1987, then World Professional Cyclo Cross Champion in 1992. In 1992 he established Focus Bikes, a manufacturer of high-end road racing and mountain bikes; he became National Champion on a Focus CX machine in 1993 and in 2005 Hanka Kupfernagel rode one to win the World Championships.
Roger Beufrand, who was born in Paris on this day in 1908, won a gold medal in the Team Sprint (then known as the Olympic Sprint) at the Olympics in 1928. From the 21st of April in 2005 until his death on the 14th of March in 2007, he was the oldest surviving Olympic gold medalist in the world.
Other cyclists born on this day: Amousse Tessema (Ethiopia, 1931); Anton Gödrich (Germany, 1859, died 1942); Giorgi Nadiradze (Georgia, 1987); William Harvell (Great Britain, 1907, died 1985); Kyle Bennett (USA, 1979); Ramiro Martins (Portugal, 1941); Ricardo Vázquez (Uruguay, 1932); Erica Green (South Africa, 1970); Stanisław Szozda (Poland, 1950); Anatoly Olizarenko (USSR, 1936); Sergio Mantecón (Spain, 1984); Gábor Szűcs (Hungary, 1956).