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Claude Criquielion

 

A belated happy birthday to Claude Criquelion, who was born on January 11, 1957.

The Belgian rider is best known for winning 1984 World Championship Road Race in front of Claudio Corti of Italy and Steve Bauer of Canada.

In addition, Criquelion won the Tour of Flanders Classic in 1987, San Sebastian Classic in 1983, and the 1985 and 1989 Fleche Wallonne Classic as well.

In the Grand Tour events, he was 3rd in the 1980 Vuelta a Espana behind Faustino Ruperez of Spain and Pedro Torres of Spain.

Perhaps, Criquelion’s most memorable monument, was when he and Steve Bauer collided during the 1988 World Championship Road Race, as both men were sprinting for the finish.

Maurizio Fondriest subsequently came around them and claimed the victory.

Both later pursued legal recourse against one another, as to who was at fault in the collision.

 

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