De nog maar pas gestopte Zwitserse profwielrenner Martin Elmiger viert vandaag zijn veertigste verjaardag (foto’s Erik Westerlinck).
He turned pro in 2001 with the Swiss Post Office team. Elmiger was a member of Phonak from 2002 to 2006, and AG2R Prévoyance from 2007 to 2012.
One of the best moments in Elmiger’s career was leading the Tour Down Under in 2007 for 2 stages and then winning it by a mere 3 seconds over Australian Karl Menzies. He started the 2007 UCI ProTour strongly with a 19th place in de Ronde van Vlaanderen, 17th in Gent–Wevelgem and 24th in Paris–Roubaix after crashing.
Elmiger left Ag2r–La Mondiale at the end of the 2012 season, and joined the new IAM Cycling team for the 2013 season. He was the Swiss National Road Race champion in 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2014. [Wikipedia]