REVIEW: Kittel wins Giro stage on his birthday

CYCLING – Marcel Kittel won the third stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, celebrating his 26th birthday in grand gashion. He is the first rider to win an individual Giro stage on his birthday since 3 June 1995, when Evgueni Berzin achieved the feat. Roberto Visentini (2 June 1986) and Fabio Baldato (13 June 1993) also recorded this accomplishment.

BEHIND THE DESK: 16th birthday party in full swing

BIRTHDAY – Today, it is exactly 16 years ago that the Infostrada Sports Group officially started as a company. What started out as a project involving a Tour de France Fantasy Game has evolved into an international enterprise that, among other achievements, has been the official data supplier for four different Summer Olympic Games. What started with two people, is a company employing some 150 people today.

BIRTHDAY – 4 August: Roger Clemens (Baseball)

BASEBALL – Roger Clemens is 50 years old today. One of the most dominant pitchers in the history of baseball. Clemens won an unparallelled seven Cy Young Awards, presented annually to the most outstanding pitchers in the game. “The Rocket” tallied 354 career wins, whilst striking out 4,672 batters. An 11-time All-Star, Clemens won two World Series titles playing for the New York Yankees.

Shares birthday with: Louis Vuitton, Billy Bob Thornton, Barack Obama

BIRTHDAY – 3 August: Ryan Lochte (Swimming)

SWIMMING – Ryan Lochte is 28 years old today. He is one of the most successful participants in the London 2012 Olympic Games and also the most popular in social media. Lochte is a jack-of-all-trades in the swimming pool, making him a master in the medleys. However, he is also a formidable competitor in backstroke and freestyle.

Shares birthday with: Terry Wogan, Martin Sheen, James Hetfield

BIRTHDAY – 2 August: Mohamed Al-Deayea (Football)

FOOTBALL – Mohamed Al-Deayea is 40 years old. The stalwart goalkeeper for the Saudi Arabia national team accumulated 178 career caps in an international career ranging from 1993 to 2006. Al-Deayea shared the record most international matches with Mexico’s Claudio Suárez for years, until the two were overtaken by Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan.

Shares birthday with: Peter O’Toole, Wes Craven, Isabel Allende

BIRTHDAY – 1 August: Nwankwo Kanu (Football)

FOOTBALL – Nwankwo Kanu is 36 years old today. He is one of the most successful football players from Nigeria, helping his country win a gold medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. His list of honours is stacked, with among others the Champions League with Ajax, Premier League titles with Arsenal and the UEFA Cup with Internazionale.

Shares birthday with: Yves Saint-Laurent, Chuck D, Adam Duritz 

BIRTHDAY – 31 July: Evonne Goolagong (Tennis)

Evonne Goolagong CawleyTENNIS – Evonne Goolagong is 61 years old today. One of the dominant players of the 1970s, Goolagong is a former world number one and a winner of seven career Grand Slam titles. She reached the final of the US Open on four occasions, but the career Grand Slam somehow eluded her. She retired in 1983, with 68 singles titles to her name.

Shares birthday with: Louis de Funès, Wesley Snipes, J.K. Rowling