Historic Overview Michel Pollentier


Overall Rank91
Date of birth13-Feb-1951 - Diksmuide (West Vlaanderen)
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Michel Pollentier

Michel Pollentier (born 13 February 1951 in Diksmuide, West-Vlaanderen) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer.

He became professional in 1973. The highlight of his career was his overall win in the 1977 Giro d'Italia.

In the 1978 Tour de France, he was the Belgian national champion when he won the stage arriving in Alpe d'Huez and took the yellow jersey. However, he was accused of foul play in the succeeding doping test, having used what was described politely as a pear-shaped tube (in fact a condom) of different urine held under the armpit and connected by a plastic tube to give the impression of urinating. Pollentier was uncovered after another rider at the test had trouble operating his own system of tubes and aroused the suspicion of the doctor, who then demanded Pollentier lift his jersey to show if he too was cheating. He was put out of the Tour, later won by Bernard Hinault.

The affair took away most of Pollentier's credibility in international cycling. Even though he managed to win 1980s edition of the Tour of Flanders and he also came 2nd in the 1982 Vuelta a EspaƱa. 1984 was his last professional season. After his cycling career, Pollentier became a car tyre garage owner and founded a cycling school.

In "Seigneurs et Forcats du Velo" by Olivier Dazat, Pollentier is quoted as saying that he and another named Belgian cycling champion of the era had trouble after their careers because of drugs they had taken while racing. Dazat quotes him as saying: "I've never hesitated to confess that I spent three weeks under the surveillance of Dr Dejonckheere at the St-Joseph clinic at Ostend and that after treatment... I stayed under his control for another two years. Why hide it? It's impossible to come out of a situation like that without the help of a doctor.'

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Ronde van Vlaanderen 1980
Giro d'Italia 1977
Tour de France - stages 1974 (1), 1975 (1), 1976 (1)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1977 (1)
Vuelta a España - stages 1977 (1), 1984 (1)


Michel Pollentier - Scores by Season

1. 1973 Flandria - Carpenter - Shimano 1132 34
2. 1974 Carpenter - Confortluxe - Flandria 1089 38
3. 1975 Carpenter - Confortluxe - Flandria 1615 18
4. 1976 Flandria - Velda - West Vlaams Vleesbedrijf 2033 9
5. 1977 Flandria - Velda - Latina Assicurazioni 2945 4
6. 1978 Flandria - Velda - Lano 2088 10
7. 1979 Splendor 1974 13
8. 1980 Splendor - Admiral 1217 30
9. 1981 Vermeer - Thijs 188 248
10. 1982 Marc 1152 33
11. 1983 Safir - Van de Ven 325 146
12. 1984 Safir 273 191
Overall: 16031 91