Thursday 16 February 2012

Daily Cycling Facts 16.02.12

Brent Bookwalter
(image credit: Fanny Schertzer CC BY-SA 3.0)
Brent Bookwalter, born on this day in 1984 in Albuquerque, USA, became National Time Trial Champion in 2006 and enjoyed widespread popularity at home. He would later come to the attention of the European cycling scene with 2nd and 3rd place stage finishes at the Vuelta Ciclista a Cartagena in 2007. He concentrated on American races for the next two years before returning to Europe for a 2nd place finish in the 2010 Giro d'Italia individual time trial, finishing both the Giro and the Tour de France that year. In 2011, he came 2nd in Stage 2 of the Tour, an indication that he is entering his best years.

Polish mountain biker Anna Szafraniec, winner of a silver medal at the 2002 World Championships, became National Cross Country Champion in 2011. She was born in Myślenice on this day in 1981.

Vincenzo Rossello, born in Stella San Bernando, Italy, on this day in 1923, won Stage 2 at the 1948 Tour de France and Stage 18 in 1949. He won Stage 15 at the 1948 Giro d'Italia and Stage 14 in 1949, and would later came 9th overall in the 1951 and 10th in 1953 and came 3rd in the overall Mountains classification in 1954.

Noël Foré was born in Adegem, Belgium, on the 23rd of December in 1932. He won Paris-Roubaix in 1959, a year his victory in the Tour of Belgium and two years after he won the Dwars door Vlaanderen. Four years later, he added Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne and the Ronde van Vlaanderen to  palmares that totalled 53 professional wins. He died on this day in 1994.

On this day in 2011, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong announced that he was retiring from competitive cycling "for good."

Other births: Don Campbell (Cayman Islands, 1975); Sergio Bianchetto (Italy, 1939); André Aumerle (France, 1907, died 1990); Ulrich Schillinger (Germany, 1945); Torvald Högström (Finland, 1926); Herbert Bouffler (Great Britain, 1881); Peter Muckenhuber (Austria, 1955); Albert De Bunné (Belgium, 1896); Robert Bintz (Luxembourg, 1930); Rupert Kratzer (Germany, 1945); Michal Baldrián (Czechoslovakia, 1970); Werner Stauff (Germany, 1960); Carl Olsen (Norway, 1893, died 1968); Hiroshi Daimon (Japan, 1962); Kazuyuki Manabe (Japan, 1970).

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