The Belgian rider is best remembered as a formidable one-day Classics specialist.
Indeed, Derycke won the 1953 Paris-Roubaix Classic in front of Donato Piazza of Italy and Wont Wagtmans of Holland. In addition, he won the 1955 Milan-San Remo Classic, the 1958 Tour of Flanders Classic and the 1954 Fleche Wallonne Classic.
Additionally, Derycke tied for victory in the 1957 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic with fellow Belgian Frans Schoubben. He was also 2nd in the 1953 World Championship Road Race, behind Fausto Coppi of Italy and finished 3rd in the 1955 World Championship Road Race behind Stan Ockers of Belgium and J-P Schmitz of Luxembourg.
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