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Steve Bauer

Canada's Steve Bauer (left) competes in a road cycling event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (CP PHOTO/ COA/ J Merrithew) Steve Bauer du Canada (gauche) participe à une épreuve de cyclisme sur route aux Jeux olympiques de Los Angeles de 1984. (Photo PC/AOC)

A belated happy birthday to Steve Bauer, who was born on June 12, 1959.

The Canadian rider is best known for finishing 3rd in the 1984 World Championship Road Race behind Claude Criquelion of Belgium and Claudio Corti of Italy.

Years later, Bauer and Criquelion would battle it out again at the 1988 World Championships, wherein both riders clashed during the closing few hundred meters – allowing Italian rider Maurizio Fondest to claim the victory.

In the case of Criquelion, the Belgian rider ended up crashing into the barriers, while Bauer lost all momentum. As a result, the two riders were embattled in a legal dispute over the race for years.

Two years later, Bauer finished 2nd in the 1990 Paris-Roubaix Classic losing to Belgian rider Eddy Planckaert by a mere tire width. 

Some of Bauer’s other notable achievements, included winning the Canada’s National Road Championships in 1981, 1982 and 1983, along with numerous stage victories in races such as the Tour de France (wearing the yellow jersey for several days during both the 1988 and 1990 races), Coors Classic, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Étoile de Besieges, Tour de Suisse and the Tour DuPont.

After his retirement, Bauer was inducted into Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame, and went on to become a directeur sportif for a number of successful Canadian teams. 

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