Belgian cyclists

Posted May 30, 2011
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  1. Roger De Vlaeminck

    Roger De Vlaeminck


    Roger De Vlaeminck (born 24 August 1947) is a Belgian former professional racing cyclist. He was described by Rik Van Looy as "The most talented and the only real classics rider of his generation". Nicknamed “The Gypsy” because he was born into a family of traveling clothiers, he is known for exploits in the cobbled classic Paris–Roubaix race, but his performances in other “Monument” races gave him a record that few can match. His record in Paris–Roubaix earned him another nickname, “Monsieur Paris–Roubaix” (English: “Mr. Paris–Roubaix“).

  2. Axel Merckx

    Axel Merckx


    Axel Merckx (born 8 August 1972 in Uccle) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer. In his professional career that began in 1993 and ended in 2007, he won an Olympic bronze medal and competed in eight Tours de France, finishing as the highest-placed Belgian rider six times. He is the son of professional cyclist and five-time Tour de France champion Eddy Merckx.

  3. Bart Wellens

    Bart Wellens


    Bart Wellens (born 10 August 1978 in Vorselaar) is a professional cyclo-cross cyclist from Belgium. He starred in the reality television series Wellens en Wee on Flemish TV-channel VT4. In this series, Wellens together with his parents, Lucien and Wiske, and his other teammates are shown in their daily lives and preparations for the weekend races.

  4. Eddy Planckaert

    Eddy Planckaert


    Eddy Planckaert (b. Nevele, 22 September 1958) is a former professional road racing cyclist from Belgium. In 1988, Planckaert enjoyed perhaps his best year by capturing the green jersey (points competition) at the 1988 Tour de France and winning the Tour of Flanders. In 1990, he won Paris–Roubaix, his second monumental classic, with the closest finish in the race's history beating Canadian Steve Bauer by less than a cm. More than 10 years after his cycling career, the former racer got back into the public eye with a long running reality TV show about his family life, on Vtm.

  5. Filip Meirhaeghe

    Filip Meirhaeghe


    Filip Meirhaeghe (born 5 March 1971 in Ghent) is a retired Belgian racing cyclist. His primary focus was in mountain bike racing, however, he has also taken part in elite road, cyclo-cross and track cycling. He has won four Mountain Bike World Championships medals, one Olympic medal and a total of eleven mountain bike World Cup events. In the final years of his racing career he raced for the bicycle manufacturer Specialized Bicycle Components on the mountain bike and for the professional team Domina Vacanze-Elitron on the road.

  6. Veerle Ingels

    Veerle Ingels


    Veerle Ingels (born 24 December 1981) is a Belgian racing cyclist. She participates both in road cycling as in cyclo-cross. In 2005 she became Belgian national champion in cyclo-cross.

  7. Jo Planckaert

    Jo Planckaert


    Jo Planckaert (born 16 December 1970 in Deinze) is a former Belgian professional road bicycle racer. He is the son of former professional road bicycle racer Willy Planckaert, brother of famous road bicycle racers Eddy and Walter Planckaert.

  8. Eddy Merckx

    Eddy Merckx


    Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer. He was born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Brabant, Belgium to a couple who ran a grocery store. He grew up playing several sports, but found his true passion in cycling. Merckx got his first bicycle at the age of three or four and competed in his first race in 1961. His first victory came at Petit-Enghien in October 1961.

  9. Tom Boonen

    Tom Boonen


    Tom Boonen (born 15 October 1980) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who won the 2005 world road race championship. He is a member of the Etixx-Quick Step team, and is a single-day road specialist with a strong finishing sprint. He won the cycling monuments Paris-Roubaix 4 times and the Tour of Flanders 3 times, among many other prestigious victories, such as prevailing 5 times in the E3 Harelbeke, winning 6 stages of the Tour de France and winning the Overall title of the Tour of Qatar 4 times. His personality and looks, with his successes, turned him into Belgium's male sports idol of the mid-2000s, but he incurred controversy after testing positive twice for cocaine.

  10. Frank Vandenbroucke (cyclist)

    Frank Vandenbroucke (cyclist)


    Frank Vandenbroucke (6 November 1974 – 12 October 2009), was a Belgian professional road racing cyclist. He was the great hope of Belgian cycling in the 1990s but a remarkable talent which appeared in his adolescence in athletics and then in cycle racing dissipated in a succession of drugs problems, rows with teams, suicide attempts and finally being disowned by the cycling world. His former wife described him as a cocaine addict. He is known to have had numerous drug and family problems, and to have attempted suicide. However, VDB claimed in an interview with ProCycling's Daniel Friebe three weeks before his death to have made a near-complete recovery from the emotional issues that plagued him throughout his career. Vandenbroucke told Friebe, "I simply realise that the last year and a half have been fantastic for me." Nevertheless, he died of a pulmonary embolism in October 2009.

  11. Odile Defraye

    Odile Defraye


    Odile Defraye (Dutch: Odiel Defraeye; 14 July 1888 - 21 August 1965) was a Belgian road racing cyclist who won three stages and the overall title of the 1912 Tour de France, which was the last tour decided by a points system instead of overall best time. He was the first Belgian to win the Tour and was only invited to join Alcyon's all-French team at a late stage for publicity purposes.

  12. Jean-Pierre Monseré

    Jean-Pierre Monseré


    Jean-Pierre "Jempi" Monseré (8 September 1948 – 15 March 1971) was a Belgian road racing cyclist who died while champion of the world.

  13. Léon Scieur

    Léon Scieur


    Léon Scieur (19 March 1888 – 7 October 1969) was a Belgian cyclist who won the 1921 Tour de France, along with stages 3 and 10. His first great victory was the 1920 Liège–Bastogne–Liège; he won a stage and finished fourth in the 1919 and 1920 Tours de France.

  14. Freddy Maertens

    Freddy Maertens


    Freddy Maertens (born 13 February 1952 in Nieuwpoort) is a Belgian former professional racing cyclist who was twice world road race champion. His career coincided with the best years of another Belgian rider, Eddy Merckx, and supporters and reporters were split over which was the better. Maertens' career swung between winning more than 50 races in a season to winning almost none and then back again. His life has been marked by debt and alcoholism. It took him more than two decades to pay a tax debt. He is now the curator of the Tour of Flanders museum in Oudenaarde.

  15. Yvan Goor

    Yvan Goor


    Yvan Goor (30 November 1884 — 20 March 1958), sometimes written as Ivan Goor, was a Belgian cyclist and motorcyclist.

  16. Sven Nys

    Sven Nys


    Sven Nys (born 17 June 1976 in Bonheiden, Belgium) is a professional cyclist competing in cyclo-cross and mountainbike. With two world championships, seven world cups, and over 140 competitive victories, he is widely considered as one of the greatest cyclo-cross racers of his generation and of all time, and remains a prominent figure in cyclo-cross. Apart from cyclo-cross, Nys is also fivefold national champion mountainbike, and has competed in that discipline in two Olympic games.

  17. Lucien Buysse

    Lucien Buysse


    Lucien Buysse (11 September 1892 – 3 January 1980) was a Belgian cyclist and a champion of the Tour de France.

  18. Johan Museeuw

    Johan Museeuw


    Johan Museeuw (born 13 October 1965 in Varsenare) is a retired Belgian professional road bicycle racer. He was a professional from 1988 to 2004 and was particularly successful in the classic cycle races in the nineties.

  19. Andrei Tchmil

    Andrei Tchmil


    Andrei Tchmil (born 22 January 1963) is a retired professional road bicycle racer.

  20. Lucien Van Impe

    Lucien Van Impe


    Lucien van Impe (born 20 October 1946) is a Belgian cyclist, who competed professionally between 1969 and 1987. He excelled mainly as a climber in multiple-day races such as the Tour de France. He was the winner of the 1976 Tour de France, and six times winner of the mountains classification in the Tour de France.

  21. Johan Bruyneel

    Johan Bruyneel


    Johan Bruyneel (born 23 August 1964) is a former road bicycle racer in professional cycling and a former directeur sportif for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. Retiring from racing in 1998, he became director of US Postal (later known as Discovery Channel), a US-based UCI ProTour cycling team. Following the 2007 season, the team disbanded and Bruyneel became the director of the Astana team beginning in 2008, and achieved victories in each of cycling's Grand Tours with Contador with Astana. He participated in two Tour de France wins with Discovery and Astana, with Alberto Contador in 2007 and 2009.

  22. Benoni Beheyt

    Benoni Beheyt


    Benoni Beheyt (born 27 September 1940) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer who raced from 1962 to 1968. Beheyt won 22 races and is most famous for winning the 1963 World Cycling Championships Road Race and stage win of the 1964 Tour de France. He also competed in the individual road race and team time trial events at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

  23. Hélène Dutrieu

    Hélène Dutrieu


    Hélène Dutrieu (10 July 1877 – 26 June 1961), was a cycling world champion, stunt cyclist, stunt motorcyclist, automobile racer, stunt driver, pioneer aviator, wartime ambulance driver, and director of a military hospital.

  24. Philippe Gilbert

    Philippe Gilbert


  25. Sven Vanthourenhout

    Sven Vanthourenhout


    Sven Vanthourenhout (born 14 January 1981 in Brugge) is a Belgian professional racing cyclist, riding for the Crelan-AA Drink team.

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