Today in Cyclist History

Events in Sport

  • 1894-04-24 French cyclist Henri Desgrange rides 100km in world record 2:39:18
  • 1895-10-05 First UK individual cycling time trial is held on a 50-mile course north of London; Frederick Thomas Bidlake organiser
  • 1896-05-30 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC
  • 1907-11-13 French cyclist Paul Cornu flies 1st helicopter (twin rotor)
  • 1908-08-09 Tour de France: French road cyclist Lucien Petit-Breton successfully defends his title beating François Faber of Luxembourg
  • 1909-05-13 First Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan - Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner
  • 1921-08-07 Dutch cyclist Piet Moeskops wins the 1st of 4 straight, and 5 total world sprint championships when he beats defending champion Bob Spears of Australia in Copenhagen
  • 1922-09-17 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world sprint champ
  • 1924-08-03 Dutch track cyclist Piet Moeskops wins his 4th consecutive UCI world sprint championship in Paris
  • 1926-04-13 Cyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • 1928-08-11 Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
  • 1933-08-13 Jacques van Egmond becomes world champion amateur cyclist
  • 1937-09-04 15 year old cyclist Doris Kopsky becomes 1st Amateur Bicycle League of America woman's national champion in 4:22.4 in Buffalo, NY
  • 1942-11-07 Cyclist Fausto Coppi establishes world record (45,848 km)
  • 1950-06-04 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • 1953-08-23 Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • 1972-09-02 French track cyclist Daniel Morelon successfully defends his Olympic sprint title beating Australian John Nicholson for the gold medal in Munich
  • 1978-08-27 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • 1983-09-04 Greg LeMond wins UCI World Road Race Championship in 7h 01' 21" in Altenrhein, Switzerland; first American cyclist to take the title
  • 1984-07-29 American cyclists Alexi Grewal and Connie Carpenter take out the road race double around the streets of Mission Viejo at the LA Olympics
  • 1985-09-01 Dutch cyclist Joop Zoetemelk becomes the oldest road race elite world champion at 38 years, 8 months, 29 days; beats Greg Lamonde & Marino Argentin in Giavera del Montello
  • 1988-09-24 East German cyclist Christa Luding-Rothenburger wins silver medal in the women's track sprint at the Seoul Olympics; first athlete to win medals at Summer & Winter Games in same year; won speed skating gold in Calgary
  • 1988-09-27 East German cyclist Olaf Ludwig wins the men's road race in 4:32:22 at the Seoul Olympics; beats West German pair Bernd Gröne & Christian Henn
  • 1994-09-02 Spanish road cyclist Miguel Induráin sets UCI hour world record distance 53.04 kilometers in Bordeaux, France
  • 2008-08-10 British cyclist Nicole Cooke wins the road race at the Beijing Olympics; Great Britain's 200th gold in the modern Olympics
  • 2008-08-16 British cyclist Bradley Wiggins becomes the first rider ever to successfully defend his Olympic title in the individual pursuit when he takes gold at the Beijing Olympics

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 344

  • 1871-03-03 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (d. 1957)

Person of interestJaap Eden

1873-10-19 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1878-11-08 Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, world champion cyclist (1899)
  • 1878-11-26 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist and the first African American to achieve the level of world champion (1899 world track championships), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1932)
  • 1879-06-05 René Pottier, French raing cyclist, born in Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 1907)
  • 1882-10-18 Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), born in Plessé, France (d. 1917)
  • 1884-08-04 Henri Cornet, French cyclist who won the second Tour de France, born in Desvres, France (d. 1941)
  • 1884-09-24 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), born in Vabre-Tizac, France (d. 1963)
  • 1886-03-14 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), born in Florennes, Namur, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • 1887-01-26 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), born in Aulnay-sur-lton, France (d. 1915)
  • 1887-10-24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (d. 1917)
  • 1888-03-19 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (d. 1969)
  • 1889-01-22 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • 1890-10-08 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1892-09-11 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926 champion), born in Wontergem, East Flanders, Belgium (d. 1980)
  • 1893-03-18 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (d. 1978)
  • 1893-11-14 Piet Moeskops, Dutch track cyclist (world sprint champion 1921-24, 26), born in Loosduinen, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1894-08-01 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), born in San Martino di Colle Umberto, Italy (d. 1927)
  • 1899-07-10 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, born in Gränichen, Switzerland (d. 1978)
  • 1899-11-04 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (d. 1985)
  • 1901-04-14 Alfred West, champion cyclist/record hair splitter (17 splits)
  • 1902-08-11 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (d. 1986)
  • 1902-10-13 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), born in Bovisio-Masciago, Italy (d. 1983)
  • 1902-10-14 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, born in Bagnolo San Vito, Italy (d. 1963)
  • 1904-02-15 Antonin Magne, French cyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
  • 1904-02-27 André Leducq, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1909-02-07 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • 1909-02-17 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • 1909-08-27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1911-01-16 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1911-09-03 Bernard Mammes, American cyclist, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1914-02-23 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
  • 1914-07-18 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938), born in Ponte a Ema, Florence, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1915-04-11 Pat Hanlon, British cyclist, born in Newport, Cardiganshire (d. 1997)
  • 1916-01-07 Gerrit Schulte, [Le Fou Pedalant], Dutch 6 day cyclist
  • 1917-05-09 George Fleming, cyclist
  • 1919-07-24 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), born in Marthalen (d. 2017)
  • 1919-09-07 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, born in Kanegem, Belgium (d. 2004)
  • 1920-02-03 Stan Ockers, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
  • 1920-11-05 Tommy Goodwin [Thomas], Connecticut, British Track Cyclist (2 X Olympic Bronze 1948), (d. 2012)
  • 1920-12-07 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian cyclist, (d. 2012)
  • 1921-06-10 Jean Robic, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1923-03-25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), born in Fijnaart, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1924-09-09 Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1925-01-15 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist
  • 1925-03-12 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France (d. 1983)
  • 1925-03-21 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
  • 1927-03-02 Roger Walkowiak, French cyclist
  • 1928-03-18 Miguel Poblet, Spanish cyclist
  • 1928-07-09 Federico Bahamontes, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Spain
  • 1929-03-25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1929-09-03 Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist, born in Vaiano, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1930-03-01 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1930-11-03 Brian Robinson, British cyclist
  • 1931-06-28 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (d. 1995)
  • 1931-11-29 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1933-01-26 Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist
  • 1933-02-28 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • 1933-08-23 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, born in Köttingen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1933-11-12 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive)
  • 1933-12-20 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961)
  • 1934-06-04 Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971)
  • 1936-04-15 Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist
  • 1937-03-18 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • 1937-11-30 Tom Simpson, British cyclist (d. 1967)
  • 1940-05-19 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • 1940-09-27 Benoni Beheyt, Belgian cyclist
  • 1941-04-28 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist
  • 1942-03-18 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 1942-09-29 Felice Gimondi, Italian cyclist
  • 1942-09-30 Sture Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1943-04-06 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • 1943-07-02 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • 1944-06-27 Patrick Sercu, Belgian cyclist, 1K time trial (Olympic gold 1964), born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • 1944-07-27 Jean-Marie Leblanc, French cyclist, born in Nueil-les-Aubiers, Deux-Sèvres, France
  • 1945-06-09 Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • 1945-06-17 Eddy Merckx, Belgian cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)
  • 1946-10-20 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist
  • 1946-12-03 Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch road cyclist (world champion 1985 - oldest), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1947-01-20 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and directeur sportif
  • 1947-03-15 Tomas Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1947-08-16 John Howard, American Olympic cyclist (1985 land speed record 152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • 1947-08-24 Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist
  • 1948-01-10 Bernard Thévenet, French cyclist
  • 1948-03-31 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
  • 1948-11-17 Jaime Huelamo, Spanish cyclist (Olympic bronze 1972) drug disqualified
  • 1949-02-03 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • 1949-05-14 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist, born in Eckmannshausen, West Germany
  • 1950-04-19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • 1950-10-28 Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
  • 1950-12-16 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
  • 1951-03-06 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004)
  • 1951-06-19 Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist
  • 1952-02-13 Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
  • 1952-11-08 Jan Raas, Dutch cyclist
  • 1953-06-08 Ad Tak, Dutch professional cyclist, born in Nieuwe Gastel
  • 1953-06-27 Kent Bostick, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1954-08-25 Gilbert "Gibus" Duclos-Lassalle, French cyclist
  • 1954-11-14 Bernard Hinault, French cyclist (Tour de France)
  • 1955-03-23 Cindy Olavarri, Pleasant Hills California, cyclist (7-Eleven team)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1998-05-01 Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2015-09-05 Actress Erika Christensen (33) weds cyclist Cole Maness in Palm Springs, California
  • 2016-09-04 Olympic gold medalist track and road cyclists Laura Kenny (24) weds track cyclist Jason Kenny (28) at a private ceremony in Cheshire, England
  • 2016-09-17 Olympian and professional road racing cyclist Philip Deignan (33) weds fellow road racing cyclist Lizzie Armitstead (26) in Otley, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907-01-25 René Pottier, French racing cyclist, dies at 27
  • 1915-05-09 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), dies of gunshot wounds at 28
  • 1917-07-14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (b. 1887)
  • 1917-12-20 Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), dies in a road accident at 35

Person of interestJaap Eden

1925-02-02 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1927-06-14 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), dies at 32
  • 1932-06-21 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist and the first African American to achieve the level of world champion (1899 world track championships), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 1934-11-23 Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895)
  • 1935-05-01 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), dies of a gunshot wound at 46
  • 1940-08-16 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist, journalist and founder of the Tour de France, dies at 75
  • 1949-01-01 Malcolm Campbell, English cyclist (world speed-record), dies at 63
  • 1952-02-14 Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)
  • 1956-10-01 Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36
  • 1957-02-19 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (b. 1871)
  • 1963-01-28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), dies at 78
  • 1963-02-07 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
  • 1964-01-19 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77
  • 1964-11-06 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (b. 1925)
  • 1964-11-16 Piet Moeskops, Dutch track cyclist (world sprint champion 1921-24, 26), dies at 71
  • 1966-12-05 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1967-07-13 Tom Simpson, British cyclist (b. 1937)
  • 1969-10-07 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • 1971-01-16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • 1971-03-15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • 1978-02-09 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • 1978-11-06 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, dies at 79
  • 1980-01-03 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926 champion), dies at
  • 1980-02-01 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • 1980-06-18 André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • 1980-10-06 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • 1982-01-19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Roubaix '76), dies [or 1/20]
  • 1982-01-20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]
  • 1983-02-22 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
  • 1983-03-13 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1983-03-18 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 80
  • 1984-05-10 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist, dies at 41
  • 1986-01-01 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • 1986-08-09 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77
  • 1989-08-22 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 1991-10-17 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • 1991-12-20 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)
  • 1992-02-26 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch 6-day cyclist known as the "Crazy Cyclist", dies at 76
  • 1993-05-13 Evert "Eef" Dolman, Dutch cyclist (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 47
  • 1993-10-09 Geert de Vlaeminck, Belgian champion cyclist, dies at 26
  • 1994-02-05 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • 1994-02-11 Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
  • 1994-05-19 Luis Ocana, Span cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • 1994-06-20 Bram Koopmans, cyclist/coach, dies at 78
  • 1994-08-15 Wout Wagtmans, cyclist (Rome-Naples-Rome 1957), dies at 64
  • 1994-09-02 Detlef Macha, German DR cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35
  • 1994-11-16 David Rayner, cyclist, dies
  • 1995-01-21 Philippe Casado, Moroccan/French cyclist, dies at 30
  • 1995-07-18 Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 24
  • 1995-08-21 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, dies at 61
  • 1995-09-17 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 1996-05-05 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • 1997-12-23 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • 1997-12-28 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • 1997-12-29 Pat Clarke, British cyclist, dies at 82
  • 2000-02-27 Bernard Mammes, American cyclist, dies at 88
  • 2000-05-05 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938), dies at 85
  • 2000-09-17 Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
  • 2001-08-11 Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)
  • 2003-02-04 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 2003-03-12 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • 2003-04-30 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • 2003-05-01 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • 2004-02-14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), dies of acute cocaine poisoning at 34
  • 2004-04-04 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, dies at 84
  • 2004-11-02 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (b. 1951)
  • 2005-12-06 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • 2006-09-19 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (b. 1950)
  • 2006-11-26 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish procyclist (b. 1975)
  • 2007-01-04 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • 2007-01-28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist, dies at 77
  • 2008-05-11 Bruno Neves, portuguese cyclist that died in competition (b.1981)
  • 2009-10-12 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 34
  • 2011-05-09 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)
  • 2012-10-19 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian professional road racing cyclist, dies from an aneurysm at 91
  • 2012-11-03 Tommy Goodwin, British track cyclist, dies at 91
  • 2016-12-29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97