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Francesco Moser, 61 today.

A hulk of a rider with enormous power. It’s little wonder that he won Paris Roubaix, his favourite race, three times in a row!

Also synonymous with the pursuit of the Hour Record, and some controversial/suspect training methods! On the 19th January 1984, in Mexico City, Moser broke the famed 1972 time of Eddy Merckx, after long physical preparation. He rode 50.808 km’s on a radical and high-tech aerodynamic bike (which used aero bars and full disc wheels), which was far more advanced than the conventional track bike which The Cannibal used in 1972.

Major wins

Giro d’Italia (1984)
World Road Cycling Champion (1977)
Milan – San Remo (1984)
Paris–Roubaix (1978, 1979, 1980)
Giro di Lombardia (1975, 1978)
La Flèche Wallonne (1977)
Paris–Tours (1974)
Tirreno–Adriatico (1980, 1981)
Gent–Wevelgem (1979)
Züri-Metzgete (1977)

Happy Birthday!