The renown Belgian cyclocross champion, Erik De Vlaeminck, who ruled the sport during the 1960’s and 1970’s, passed away yesterday.
Older brother to famed Belgian road cyclist, Roger De Vlaeminck, Erik also raced the road, with his most notable victory being stage 2 of the 1968 Tour de France.
However, the elder De Vlaeminck real successes were found amongst the “mud and barriers”, where he won the world cyclocross championships an astonishing seven consecutive years in a row – from 1968 to 1973.
The Belgian newspaper, Sporza, reported that De Vlaeminck had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
He was 70.
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