Thomas Voeckler, 33 today.
One of the most prominent French riders of his generation and now a National Hero thanks to his exploits in the Tour, this plucky Frenchman is always a pleasure to watch! Mainly because of his attacking riding style and a good old fashioned do or die attitude.
His amazing facial expressions and crazy tongue action also make for some entertaining viewing!
God bless you Tommy.
- Tour de France
- 2 Stages
- National Road Race Champion (2004, 2010)
- Brabantse Pijl (2012)
- GP Plouay (2007)
- Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (2010)
- Paris-Bourges (2006)
And Andreas Klöden, 37 today.
The elusive rider determined to stay out of the limelight.
Germany’s most successful active rider is also its most elusive and reclusive. Just how, after Klöden’s decade and a half in the pro peloton, did it come to this?
When Andreas Klöden calls time on his career at the end of this year or next, he will most likely never have won a major tour, but in one respect he may have succeeded where all of his illustrious former teammates and contemporaries failed.
For seven years Lance Armstrong out-rode Jan Ullrich. Alberto Contador eventually raced away from Armstrong. Yet none of that trio ever scored a victory as emphatic and definitive as Klöden’s over an even more obdurate opponent. No, Klöden never beat Armstrong, he spent a career playing second fiddle to Ullrich, and he was Contador’s underling. But – and it’s a big one – he has comprehensively trounced, possibly seen off for good, the media.
“Ah, you ask for an interview with Klöden but it’s not so easy,” says the RadioShack-Nissan press chief Philippe Maertens, proving that euphemisms…
Happy birthday gentlemen!