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Mariano Martinez

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A belated happy birthday to Mariano Martinez, who was born on September 20, 1948.

The French rider is best known for both finishing third and claiming the Mountains Jersey in the 1978 Tour de France.

In addition, Martinez also stood on the podium of the 1974 World Championship Road Race, after finishing third behind Eddy Merckx of Belgium and Raymond Poulidor of France.

Although Martinez was born in Burgos, Spain, he became a naturalized French citizen in 1963.

Joyeux anniversaire Mariano!

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Frenchman Bernard Hinault (3rd-L), wearing the yellow jersey of the overall winner of the 65th Tour de France, Dutch Gerrie Knetermann (2nd-L), winner of the last stage, French politician Maurice Couve de Murville (C), Freddy Maertens from Belgium, wearing the green jersey of the best sprinter, and Mariano Martinez of France, wearing the red and white polka dot jersey of the best climber, wave from the podium on July 23, 1978 at the end of the race. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

 

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