Hennie Kuiper was born on February 3, 1949.
The Dutch rider was a force in both the Grand Tour events and the one-day races.
He stood on the podium twice in Grand Tour events. He won the World Championship Road Race, the Paris-Roubaix Classic, and the Olympic Road Race.
He won four out of the five monuments of cycling (Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Milan-San Remo, Tour of Lombardy, he didn't win the Liege-Bastogne-Liege).
He was 2nd in the 1977 Tour de France behind Bernard Thevenet of France.
He was also 2nd in the 1980 Tour de France behind fellow-Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk.
In the one-day races, Kuiper won the 1975 World Championship Road Race in front of Roger De Vlaeminck of Belgium and Jean-Pierre Danguillaume of France.