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Patrick Sercu    

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Happy birthday to Patrick Sercu, who was born on this day in 1944.

In addition to winning the Points Jersey in the 1974 Tour de France, Sercu won the gold medal in the 1 kilometer time trial at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, as well as three world titles in the sprint, in 1963, 1967 and 1969.

On the road, the Belgian rider holds the record for greatest number of six-day track race victories, having won 88 events out of 223 starts between 1961 and 1983, while several of these victories alongside cycling great Eddy Merckx.

Additionally, he also won six stages in the Tour de France and eleven stages in the Giro d’Italia.

Sercu began his racing in 1962 at the young age of 18, winning his first national titles, in the sprint and madison events. Two years later he was the star attraction at the Manchester Wheelers’ Club Race Meet at the Fallowfield track in Manchester.

During his career, Sercu racked up the following Palmarès:

  • Olympic kilometer 1964
  • Olympic sprint 1963, 1967, 1969 (2e: 1968)
  • 500 m flying start record: 1964 (29″ 66)
  • Kilometre standing start record: 1964, 1972 (1′ 06″ 76)
  • Kilometre flying start record: 1967 (1′ 02″ 46), 1973 (1′ 02″ 40)
  • European omnium champion: 11 wins (2nd: 1979)
  • European madison champion: six wins
  • European derny champion: one win
  • National sprint champion: seven wins
  • National omnium champion: 15 wins
  • National madison champion: 14 wins (seven with Eddy Merckx, one with Rik van Looy)
  • National derny champion: one win
  • Flanders road champion: 1972
  • West Flanders road champion: 1975
  • Tour of Sardinia: 1970
  • Cagliari-Sassari: 1972
  • Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne: 1977
  • Criterium Zolder: 1965
  • Criterium Bourcefranc: 1966
  • Criterium Tortoretto: 1971
  • Criterium Lignano 1972
  • Criterium Rouergue: 1974
  • Criterium Nantes : 1976
  • Criterium Mol : 1980
  • Criterium Hank: 1978
  • Memorial Tom Simpson: 1967
  • Grand Prix de la Banque: 1971
  • Grand Prix Union de Dortmund : 1979
  • Circuit of Central Flanders: 1968
  • Circuit de la Vallée de la Lys: 1969
  • Circuit des 11 Villes: 1973
  • Circuit of the Flemish Ardennes: 1975
  • Circuit du port de Dunkerque: 1975
  • Circuit des Régions Frontières: 1978
  • Circuit of South-West Flanders: 1980
  • 6 stages Tour de France
  • 11 stages Tour of Italy
  • Points Tour de France: 1974
  • Points Tour Méditerranéen: 1977
  • Points Dauphiné Libéré: 1977

After retiring from racing, Sercu became the organizer for numerous road races, as well as the director of the Six Days of Ghent and the former Six Days of Hasselt.

Gelukkige verjaardag Patrick!

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