Michel Pollentier

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Michel Pollentier
Michel Pollentier - Tour 1976.jpg
Personal information
Full name Michel Pollentier
Born (1951-02-13) 13 February 1951 (age 63)
 Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1977)
1 stage
Tour de France
3 stages
Vuelta a España
2 stages

Stage races

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
General classification (1978)
Tour of Belgium
General classification (1976)
Tour de Suisse
General classification (1977)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1977, 1978)
Tour of Flanders (1980)
Brabantse Pijl (1980)
Infobox last updated on
8 July 2013

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.[1]

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.[2] 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,[2] 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[3] and he also came 2nd in the 1982 Vuelta a España.[4] 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.'

Palmarès[edit]

1971
Gent - Staden
1973
Houthulst
Schinnen
Westende
1974
Leeuwse Pijl
Bredene
Tour de France:
7th place overall classification
Winner stage 21B
1975
Assebroek
Harelbeke
Kortenhoef
Merchtem
Beernem
Tour de France:
Winner stage 13
1976
Giro del Piemonte
Tour de France:
7th place overall classification
Winner stage 16
Stadsprijs Geraardsbergen
Torino
Ronde van België
Oostduinkerke
Trofeo Baracchi (with Freddy Maertens)
1977
Brescia
De Panne
1977
Gouden Pijl Emmen
 Belgium National Road Race Championship
Tour de Suisse
Valdengo
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 4
6th place overall classification
Nandrin, Criterium
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey pink.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stage 21
1978
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
GP Mallorca
 Belgium National Road Race Championship
Soler
Trofeo Isla de Mallorca
Vichte
1979
Beveren-Leie
Circuit des genêts verts
GP du Tournaisis
Houthulst
Soignies
Mol
Ruiselede
Koekelare
Vuelta a España:
3rd place overall classification
1980
Brabantse Pijl
Freiburg
Moorsele
Tour of Flanders
Moorslede
Dinant
Wingene
Sombreffe
1981
Sleidinge
1982
Bellegem
Beveren-Leie
Gistel
Omloop van de Westkust De Panne
Kortemark
Vuelta a España:
2nd place overall classification
1983
De Panne
Anderlues
De Haan
Aartrijke
Herselt
Torhout
Adinkerke
1984
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 6
Lutlommel

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
Pink jersey Giro - - - - 1 - - - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour 34 7 23 7 - DSQ WD WD WD - - -
red jersey Vuelta - - - - 6 - 3 26 - 2 - 13

WD = Withdrew DSQ = Disqualified

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