|Andre Noyelle, 1952-2003|
Cyril Dessel was born on this day in Rive-de-Gier, France, in 1974. He won a silver medal in his National Championships in 2004, then won the Tour Méditerranéen and Tour de l'Ain in 2006 as well as wearing the yellow jersey for one day and finishing 6th overall at that year's Tour de France. He also won Stage 16 at the Tour in 2008.
James, along with Scottish rider Katie Archibald, was one of the British stars of the 2013 World Track Championships. Competing for the first time at the Worlds, James beat Kristina Vogel 2/1 in the Sprint and Jinjie Gong in the Keirin, winning two gold medals, and won bronze in the Team Sprint and the 500m - she is the first British athelete to win four medals in a single edition of the event. James lists Victoria Pendleton as her hero, and she seems sure to become as much a household name in Britain and abroad.
Urs Zimmerman, born in Mühledorf, Switzerland on this day in 1959, was third place runner-up in the 1986 Tour de France and 1988 Giro d'Italia. In the 1991 Tour de France, riders mounted a 40 minute "no racing" protest to express support for him after he was penalised for driving from one stage town to another rather than flying.
Saturnino Rustrián, born in San José Pinula, won the Vuelta a Guatemala in 1966 and was the first Guatemalan to win against Columbian riders who had dominated the local talent whenever they entered in the past. He is also one of only three cyclists to have won the Vuelta a Costa Rica, established in 1965, on two occasions. At the time of writing he was still racing competitively in local and overseas veteran events.
Ernest Alfred Johnson, who was born in Putney, London and won bronze medals for the team pursuit events at the Olympics in 1932 and 1936, died on this day in 1997, nine days after his 85th birthday.
Other cyclists born on this day: Yauheni Hutarovich (Belarus, 1983); Carlo Legutti (Italy, 1912); Piet van der Touw (Netherlands, 1940); Brahim Ben Bouilla (Morocco, 1959); Enrique Allyón (Peru, 1952); Andy Paulin (USA, 1958); Melesio Soto (Mexico, 1941); J-me Carney (USA, 1968); Robert Baird (Australia, 1942).