Happy birthday to Peter Van Petegem who was born on this day 1970 in Brakel, Belgium.
The Belgian rider is regarded as having been a commensurate “Classics” rider, being one of only ten riders to have won Paris-Roubaix Classic and the Tour of Flanders both in the same year.
Indeed, Van Petegem won the 2003 Paris-Roubaix ahead of Dario Pieri of Italy and Viacheslav Ekimov of Russia, and the Tour of Flanders Classic that same year ahead of fellow Belgian Frank Vandenbroucke in two-man sprint, followed by Australian Stuart O’Grady. He also won the 1999 Tour of Flanders as well.
Other notable victories by the Belgian rider include:
In addition, Van Petegem finished second in the 1998 World Championship Road Race Men’s road race in Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands, behind Oskar Camenzind of Switzerland, followed by Michele Bartoli of Italy, who finished third.
Van Petegem’s last race was the GP Briek Schotte in Desselgem on 11 September 2007.
Gelukkige verjaardag Peter!
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