Richard Virenque was born on November 19, 1969.
The French climbing star's claim to fame is that he owns the record of Mountain Jersey victories in the Tour de France with seven.
He did this in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, and 2004.
Virenque was also 2nd in the 1997 Tour de France behind Jan Ullrich of Germany.
In addition, Virenque was 3rd in the 1996 Tour de France behind Bjarne Riis of Denmark and Jan Ullrich.
In the one-day races, Virenque was 3rd in the 1994 World Championship Road Race behind Luc Leblanc of France and Claudio Chiappucci of Italy.