A belated happy birthday to Armand Desmet, who was born January 23, 1931 and died on November 17, 2012.
The Belgian rider is best remembered for winning the 1958 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen and the 1962 Rund um den Henninger-Turm, as well as several lesser known races throughout Belgium.
In Grand Tour events, Desmet finished 2nd in the 1960 Vuelta a Espana behind fellow Belgian, Franz De Mulder, after leading the general classification for several days. In addition, he won a stage victory in the 1964 Vuelta as well.
Desmet rode with the Faema team between 1961 and 1963, followed by the Solo Superia between 1964 and 1966 as part of the “red guard” of Rik Van Looy.
He died in his hometown of Waregem at the age of 81.
Gelukkige verjaardag Armand!
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