A belated happy birthday to Ferdi Van Den Haute, who was born on June 25, 1952.
The Belgian rider is best known for winning the Points Jersey 1978 Vuelta a Espana, along with three stage victories.
Van Den Haute later earned another Grand Tour stage victory, after winning stage 4 in the 1984 Tour de France.
Van Den Haute began his career as an amateur track racer, wherein he won the Belgian National Champions 1974, 1975 and 1976.
After turning professional, Van Den Haute turned his attention to road racing, racking up impressive victories such as the Gent-Wevelgem Classic in 1978, along with numerous wins in lesser known races like the GP Franco-Belge, Innsbrück, Stadsprijs Geraardsbergen, Wattrelos – Meulebeke, Aartrijke Tour de l’Aude Wezembeek-Oppem, Aalst, Flèche Picarde, Omloop der Vlaamse Ardennen, Kaprijke, Moerbeke, Stadsprijs Geraardsbergen, Ronde van Midden-Zeeland, Herzele, Oostende, Ronse and the Belgian National Road Champions.
Van Den Haute continued his track racing career, again winning most of Belgium’s National Champions, while winning the Omnium and Madison events alongside fellow Belgian track cycling great Patrick Sercu.
Van Den Haute retired from racing in 1987, and like many of riders of his day, fell into virtual obscurity.
Gelukkige verjaardag Ferdi, wherever you are!
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