Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Happy 53d Birthday Roger De Vlaeminck

I am torn because it is also the birthday of Stephen Fry, whom I consider to be among the most admirable humans now living, but De Vlaeminck's palmares are simply overwhelming. The Belgian is one of the greatest ever classics racers, having won virtually every major one-day event available, aside from the World Championship (although he did win the World Championship of cyclocross in 1975). De Vlaeminck won Paris-Roubaix 4 times, Tirreno-Adriatico 6 times, Milan-San Remo 3 times, Omloop Het Volk twice, Kurne-Brussels-Kurne twice, and the Ronde de Vlaanderen, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and Flech-Wallone once each. He also did well in stage races, winning the the GC at the Giro di Lombardia and the Tour de Suisse, winning the points competition three times in the Giro d'Italia, and winning one stage each in the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.

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