Michel Pollentier was born on February 13, 1951.
The Belgian rider stood on every step of the podium in the Grand Tour events. He also won one of the five monuments in cycling. In addition, he dealt with controversy in the Tour de France.
Pollentier won the 1977 Giro d’Italia in front of Francesco Moser of Italy and Gianbattista Baronchelli of Italy.
Pollentier was also 2nd in the 1982 Vuelta a Espana, behind Marino Lejarreta of Spain.
In addition, Pollentier was 3rd in the 1979 Vuelta a Espana behind Joop Zoetemelk of Holland and Francisco Galdos of Spain.
Pollentier also won the Tour of Flanders Classic in 1980.
In the 1978 Tour de France, Pollentier unleashed a vicious attack on the Alpe d’Huez to claim the stage victory and overall race leadership.
After the stage, he went to his room to rig a contraption that carried a fake urine sample. When he was caught with the fake sample, he was promptly kicked out of the race and suspended for two months.