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Roger De Vlaeminck

 

Happy birthday to Roger De Vlaeminck, who was born on this on this day in 1947.

Nicknamed the “Gypsy”, the Belgian rider began his professional career in 1969, and remained a  dominant “classics” rider throughout his era.

Indeed, De Vlaeminck’s palmarès reads like a “who’s who” of cycling, with victories encompassing virtuality every significant one-day race throughout Europe. In fact, his racing accomplishments are only surpassed by fellow Belgian rider – Eddy Merckx.

In addition, De Vlaerminck rode in the Giro d’Italia numerous times, winning the prestigious points jersey in 1972, ’74 and ’75.

He was also an accomplished cyclocross racer – winning the Cyclocross World Championships in 1975. .

De Vlaeminck retired from racing in 1984, with no fewer than 292 professional victories.

Gelukkige verjaardag!​ Roger !

 

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