Happy birthday to Charles Pélissier, who was born on this day on February 20, 1903, and died on May 28, 1959.
The French rider is best remembered for his top podium finishes in the Paris-Roubaix Classic, where he finished 2nd in the 1931 race behind Gaston Rebry of Belgium and 3rd in the 1927 race behind Georges Ronsse of Belgium and Joseph Curtel of France.
In addition, Pélissier won no fewer than 16 stages in the Tour de France between 1922 and 1939, winning eight stages in the 1930 French Grand Tour alone, which till this day is a record only matched by Eddy Merckx and Freddy Maertens.
Pélissier was also an accomplished cyclocross racer, winning the French National championships in 1926 and 1927.
Pélissier was the younger brother of cycling champions Francis Pélissier and Henri Pélissier.
He died in Paris at the young age of 56.
Joyeux anniversaire Charles!
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