Happy birthday to Andre Leducq who was born on this day 1904, and died on June 18, 1980.
The French rider is best remembered for becoming the 1924 World Champion as an amateur, before turning professional in 1927.
The following year he won the Paris-Roubaix classic, and was second in the Tour de France. From there, he went on to win the Tours de France titles in 1930 and ’32 – accumulating a record 25 stage victories throughout his career – a distinction that he would later share with only Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish.
In addition, Leducq won the 1931 Paris – Tours race.
After his retirement, he founded a professional cycling team that raced in throughout the 1950s.
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