Belgium’s Freddy Maertens was born on February 13, 1952.
The Belgian was a talented rider who won a Grand Tour event, multiple Points Jerseys in Grand Tour events, two World Championship Road Race titles, numerous one-day classics, but none of cycling’s five monuments.
Maertens won the Points Jersey on three occasions in the Tour de France, in 1976, 1978, and 1981.
Maertens also won the 1977 Vuelta a Espana in front of Miguel Maria Lasa of Spain and Peter Thaler of Germany. In addition, Maertens won the Points Jersey that year and an astonishing 13 stages, the record in a single Grand Tour event.
In the one-day events, Maertens won two World Championnship Road Race titles and a second-place finish.
Maertens won the 1976 World Championship Road Race in front of Italians Francesco Moser and Tino Conti.
Maertens also won the 1981 World Championship Road Race in front of Giuseppe Saronni of Italy and Bernard Hinault of France.