Saturday 12 July 2014

Daily Cycling Facts 12.07.2014

Dave Bruylandts, born in Lier, Belgium on this day in 1976, turned professional with Palmans-Ideal in 1999 and remained with them for a year and five months. He then went to Farm Frites and stayed with them for two years before swapping to Marlux-Wincor-Nixdorf, the team he was riding for in 2004 when he tested positive for EPO and was given an 18-month ban. When he returned he rode for Unibet for six months, but the team let him go during a period when it had problems getting invited to races due to laws banning teams sponsored by betting companies. He moved then to Klaipeda-Splendid and retired in 2008. He is married to Femke Melis, who was herself a professional cyclist for a short while.

Rudolf Lewis
Rudolf Ludewyk Lewis, born in Pretoria, South Africa on this day in 1887, won a gold medal in the Individual Time Trial at the 1912 Olympics. A year later, he came second at the Rund um Köln.

Other cyclists born on this day: Glen Thomson (New Zealand, 1973); Peter Mitchell (Great Britain, 1990); Ralph Mecredy (Great Britain, 1888, died 1968); Dominique Damiani (France, 1953); Alla Yakovleva (USSR, 1963); Muhammad Naqi Mallick (India, later Pakistan, 1928); Zbyněk Fiala (Czechoslovakia, 1964); Norm Alvis (USA, 1963); Clyde Wilson (Bermuda, 1959); Fiona Ramage (New Zealand, 1978); David Muntaner (Spain, 1983); Plamen Timchev (Bulgaria, 1951); Rafael Montero (Chile, 1913); Michael Horgan (Ireland, 1934); Edy Baumann (Switzerland, 1914, died 1993); Diederik Foubert (Belgium, 1961).

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