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:
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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