Happy birthday to Raymond Martin, who was born on this day in 1949.
The French rider is best known for standing on the podium twice during the 1980 Tour de France, wherein he finished 3rd behind Joop Zoetemelk of Holland and Hennie Kuiper of Holland, while also winning the Mountains Jersey in that year’s French Grand Tour as well.
Other notable victories by Martin included winning numerous lesser-known races around France such as the 1972 French National Road Championships, 1974 GP Ouest-France, 1975 and 1979 Paris–Camembert, 1978 Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan, 1980 Trophée des Grimpeurs and stage 13 of the 1980 Tour de France.
Martin also represented France in the 1972 Olympic Games in the Men’s Individual Road Race.
During his 10-year career, Martin rode for such prestigious teams as Gitane – Frigécrème, Sonolor – Gitane, Gitane – Campagnolo, Miko – Mercier – Hutchinson, Miko – Mercier – Vivagel and Coop – Mercier – Mavic.
Nowadays, Martin resides in his native region of Saint-Pierre-du-Regard, France, often making an appearance during the opening ceremony of each year’s Tour de France.
Joyeux anniversaire Raymond!
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