Michel Pollentier

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

Michel Pollentier
Michel Pollentier - Tour 1976.jpg
Pollentier at the 1976 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameMichel Pollentier
Born (1951-02-13) 13 February 1951 (age 70)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
3 individual stages (1974, 1975, 1976)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1977)
1 individual stage (1977)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (1977, 1984)

Stage races

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1978)
Tour de Suisse (1977)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1977, 1978)
Tour of Flanders (1980)

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 won the 1980 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.'

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st Gent – Staden
10th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
2nd Tour du Loir-et-Cher
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
4th Overall Étoile des Espoirs
6th Kattekoers
9th Paris–Tours
4th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
4th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
7th Boucles de l'Aulne
7th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 21b (ITT)
9th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 13 Tour de France
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Overall Tour of Belgium
2nd Brabantse Pijl
2nd Trofeo Baracchi
4th Paris–Brussels
4th Druivenkoers Overijse
5th Amstel Gold Race
6th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
8th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Gran Premio di Lugano
10th Gent–Wevelgem
1st   Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 3
1st   Overall Escalada a Montjuïc
1st Stage 1c (ITT)
1st Giro del Piemonte
1st Stadsprijs Geraardsbergen
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Freddy Maertens)
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stages 2, 4a & 9b (ITT)
4th Overall Ronde van Nederland
7th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 16
8th Grand Prix de Wallonie
10th Züri-Metzgete
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 21 (ITT)
1st   Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Prologue, Stages 3a, 3b (ITT) & 9b (ITT)
1st Gouden Pijl Emmen
2nd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
3rd Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
4th Grand Prix de Wallonie
5th Tour of Flanders
6th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
7th Trofeo Laigueglia
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stages 5 & 7b (ITT)
1st   Overall Escalada a Montjuïc
1st Stages 1a (ITT), 1b & 1c (ITT)
1st   Overall Vuelta a Mallorca
1st Stages 1a & 2a
2nd Tour of Flanders
4th Overall Tour of Belgium
4th Omloop van het Houtland
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
5th La Flèche Wallonne
5th Critérium des As
6th Brabantse Pijl
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stages 4b (ITT) & 9b (ITT)
10th Giro di Lombardia
10th Gent–Wevelgem
1st GP du Tournaisis
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
3rd E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
4th Overall Tour of Belgium
4th Brabantse Pijl
5th Omloop Het Volk
7th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Brabantse Pijl
2nd Le Samyn
5th Overall Tour of Belgium
5th Road race, National Road Championships
8th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
8th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Omloop van het Houtland
2nd Overall Vuelta a España
4th Tour of Flanders
6th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
7th Tour of Flanders
7th La Flèche Wallonne
1st Stage 6 Vuelta a España

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
  Vuelta a España 6 3 26 2 13
  Giro d'Italia 1
  Tour de France 34 7 23 7 DSQ DNF DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Michel Pollentier – Rider Statistics Giro d'Italia – By: CyclingFever.com – The International Cycling Social Network". cyclingfever.com.
  2. ^ a b "BBC SPORT – FUNNY OLD GAME – Nags on the fags and dodgy doping". BBC.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.cyclinghalloffame.com/riders/rider_bio.asp?rider_id=435

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