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Retired German track and road cyclist Gregor Braun was born on this day in 1955. Braun's greatest success came during his time as an amateur track rider, including two gold medals at the 1976 Olympics.
Belgian Heidi van de Vijver, who was born in Bornem on this day in 1969, became National Junior Road Race Champion in 1988. Her first National Road Race Champion title at Elite level came six years later in 1994 and she repeated the achievement in 1994. Van de Vijver has also been National Individual Time Trial Champion in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Nicknamed "The Baker of Berg" (what is it about nicknames such as "The Baker" or "The Florist" - Louis Trousselier - that makes them so much more chilling than "The Cannibal" or "The Shark"?), he did even better in the Classics; winning the Dwars door Vlaanderen in 1949 and 1951, Gent-Wevelgem in 1952 and 1953 and the Tour of Flanders in the same year as his Paris-Roubaix victory (he also won Paris-Nice for the first time that year too, repeating it in 1960). All in all, he rolled across the Paris-Roubaix start line sixteen times - a record that was not equaled until Servais Knaven made his 16th appearance, in the same year that Impanis died.
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It's also retired American professional Ken Carpenter's birthday. An Olympian in 1988 and 1992 and winner of a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games, he was born in La Mesa, California in 1965.
Other cyclists born on this day: Birger Andreassen (Norway, 1891, died 1961); John Carlsen (Denmark, 1961); Christian Jourdain (France, 1954); Renato Piccolo, (Itay, 1962); Claus Rasmussen (Sweden, 1957).