Bost turned 65 on 7th April. She was one of the best French riders in the 1970s, having won the 1977 Road World Championships in San Cristóbal in Venezuela. Before the race, she said that she felt she had a good chance of winning as soon as she was given her race number, 51. A good sign, she explained, as she comes from the region of Bernard Thévenet and Michel Laurent. Thévenet won the Tour with number 51 and Laurent with the same number won Paris – Nice, so she felt she couldn’t lose. Bost was also twice the national pursuit champion and the French sprint champion, besides coming second three times in the national road championships, where she was beaten each time by Geneviève Gambillon.
9th April was Yvonne McGregor’s 60th birthday. Until the age of 28, the English athlete competed in running but after an injury she switched to cycling, breaking Beryl Burton’s 20-year-old British 10 mile time trial record in 1993 and setting a new Hour Record in Manchester in 1995. She made the podium at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the track discipline, becoming the first female British Olympic medallist in any cycling discipline. Two months later, at the 2000 UCI Track Worlds in Manchester, she took gold in the Pursuit. After her retirement in 2002, she was made an MBE for her services to the sport of cycling, and started a new career as a sports massage therapist.