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Lucien van Impe
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Personal information
Full name Lucien van Impe
Nickname de kleine van Mere
Date of birth October 20, 1946 (1946-10-20) (age 63)
Country  Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)1
1969–1974
1975–1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982-1984
1985
1986
1987
Sonolor
Gitane
Lejeune
Lejeune
C&A
KAS
Marc
Boston Mavic
Metauro Mobil
Santini
Dormilon
Sigma
Major wins
Tour de France, 1 overall, 6 mountain classifications
Infobox last updated on:
April 3, 2008

1 Team names given are those prevailing
at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Lucien van Impe (born 20 October 1946 in Mere, Belgium) was a Belgian cyclist from 1969 to 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.

Contents

Biography

Van Impe credits the start of his career to Spaniard Federico Bahamontes, a climber nicknamed the eagle of Toledo and a former Tour de France winner. In 1968 van Impe was King of the Mountains in the Tour de l'Avenir. Bahamontes used his influence to get van Impe a contract as a professional. In 1969, Van Impe started his professional career with a 12th place in the 1969 Tour de France. In 1971, Van Impe won his first polka dot jersey as "King of the Mountains" in the Tour de France. He would repeat that five more times[1], a record then shared with Bahamontes. When Richard Virenque broke the record with a seventh victory in 2004, Van Impe criticized Virenque for being opportunistic rather than the best climber; he said he had himself refrained from breaking Bahamontes' record himself out of reverence.

Van Impe's Sonolor team fused with Gitane to become Gitane-Campagnolo in 1975. Former French champion Cyrille Guimard, who retired in early 1976, became directeur sportif in 1976. In that year van Impe duelled several times with Zoetemelk in the mountains of the 1976 Tour de France. Guimard claims it was his order to attack Zoetemelk that won van Impe the Tour, shouting at van Impe that he'd run him off the road with the car if he didn't attack [2]. Van Impe has denied this. After 1976, van Impe changed teams. In the 1977 Tour de France he started favorite but failed to take a lead in the mountains. He waited until the last mountain stage, to Alpe d'Huez, but forgot to eat, causing him to lose his lead. In that tour, he was caught by one of the accompanying cars and fell, another cause for his defeat by Bernard Thévenet.

After three lesser years, van Impe made a comeback in 1981 with second place and first in the mountain classification. He won the mountain classification in the Giro d'Italia twice.

Single-day races were not his specialty and it was a surprise that he won the national championship in 1983.

Van Impe started 15 Tours de France and reached the finish in Paris every time (second most Tour finishes after Joop Zoetemelk, and tied with Viatcheslav Ekimov who did the same in 2006)[3].

He is now head of a cycling team of professional riders, called Veranda Willems.

Lucien lives in Impe (his family name refers to that place) with his wife Rita, he has two grown up children, a son and a daughter. His house is called Alpe D'Huez, after the French mountain where he took the yellow jersey (the leader in the Tour de France) in 1976. When he came home that year, the bar where his supporters gathered every day to watch him win the Tour, was painted yellow entirely.

Most important successes

1971
Jersey polkadot.svgMountain classification Tour de France
1972
Stage in Tour de France
Jersey polkadot.svgMountain classification Tour de France
1973
Stage in Tour de France
1975
2 stages in Tour de France
Jersey polkadot.svgMountain classification Tour de France
1976
Jersey yellow.svgTour de France
Stage in Tour de France
1977
Stage in Tour de France
Jersey polkadot.svgMountain classification Tour de France
1979
Stage in Tour de France
Stage in Vuelta a España
1981
Stage in Tour de France
Jersey polkadot.svgMountain classification Tour de France
1982
Mountain classification Giro d'Italia
1983
Stage in Giro d'Italia
Mountain classification Giro d'Italia
BelgiumBelgian championship on the road
Stage in Tour de France
Jersey polkadot.svgMountain classification Tour de France

Grand Tour results timeline

1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Tour 12 6 3 4 5 18 3 1 3 9 11 16 2 DNE 4 DNE 27 DNE
Stages won 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Mountains classification 12 4 1 1 5 12 1 2 1 10 5 8 1 1 NR
Points classification NR NR 9 9 8 NR 10 9 10 NR 6 NR 17 NR NR
Giro DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 4 9 7 13 DNE
Stages won 0 1 0 0
Mountains classification 1 1 12 NR
Points classification 7 NR NR NR
Vuelta DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 14 DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 11
Stages won 0 0
Mountains classification NR NR
Points classification 8 NR
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

Notes

External links


Lucien van Impe
Personal information
Full name Lucien van Impe
Nickname de kleine van Mere
Date of birth 20 October 1946 (1946-10-20) (age 64)
Country File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
1969–1974
1975–1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982-1984
1985
1986
1987
Sonolor
Gitane
Lejeune
Lejeune
C&A
KAS
Marc
Boston Mavic
Metauro Mobil
Santini
Dormilon
Sigma
Major wins
Tour de France
General Classification
(1976)
King of the Mountains Classification
(1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983)
9 Stages (1969-1985)

Giro d'Italia

King of the Mountains Classification
(1982, 1983)
1 Stage (1982-1985)
Infobox last updated on
April 3, 2008

Lucien van Impe (born 20 October 1946 in Mere, Belgium) was a Belgian cyclist from 1969 to 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.

Contents

Biography

Van Impe credits the start of his career to Spaniard Federico Bahamontes, a climber nicknamed the eagle of Toledo and a former Tour de France winner. In 1968 van Impe was King of the Mountains in the Tour de l'Avenir. Bahamontes used his influence to get van Impe a contract as a professional. In 1969, Van Impe started his professional career with a 12th place in the 1969 Tour de France. In 1971, Van Impe won his first polka dot jersey as "King of the Mountains" in the Tour de France. He would repeat that five more times[1], a record then shared with Bahamontes. When Richard Virenque broke the record with a seventh victory in 2004, Van Impe criticized Virenque for being opportunistic rather than the best climber; he said he had himself refrained from breaking Bahamontes' record himself out of reverence.

Van Impe's Sonolor team fused with Gitane to become Gitane-Campagnolo in 1975. Former French champion Cyrille Guimard, who retired in early 1976, became directeur sportif in 1976. In that year van Impe duelled several times with Zoetemelk in the mountains of the 1976 Tour de France. Guimard claims it was his order to attack Zoetemelk that won van Impe the Tour, shouting at van Impe that he'd run him off the road with the car if he didn't attack [2]. Van Impe has denied this. After 1976, van Impe changed teams. In the 1977 Tour de France he started favorite but failed to take a lead in the mountains. He waited until the last mountain stage, to Alpe d'Huez, but forgot to eat, causing him to lose his lead. In that tour, he was caught by one of the accompanying cars and fell, another cause for his defeat by Bernard Thévenet.

After three lesser years, van Impe made a comeback in 1981 with second place and first in the mountain classification. He won the mountain classification in the Giro d'Italia twice.

Single-day races were not his specialty and it was a surprise that he won the national championship in 1983.

Van Impe started 15 Tours de France and reached the finish in Paris every time (second most Tour finishes after Joop Zoetemelk, and tied with Viatcheslav Ekimov who did the same in 2006)[3].

He is now head of a cycling team of professional riders, called Veranda Willems.

Lucien lives in Impe (his family name refers to that place) with his wife Rita, he has two grown up children, a son and a daughter. His house is called Alpe D'Huez, after the French mountain where he took the yellow jersey (the leader in the Tour de France) in 1976. When he came home that year, the bar where his supporters gathered every day to watch him win the Tour, was painted yellow entirely.

Most important successes

1971
Mountain classification Tour de France
1972
Stage in Tour de France
Mountain classification Tour de France
1973
Stage in Tour de France
1975
2 stages in Tour de France
Mountain classification Tour de France
1976
Tour de France
Stage in Tour de France
1977
Stage in Tour de France
Mountain classification Tour de France
1979
Stage in Tour de France
Stage in Vuelta a España
1981
Stage in Tour de France
Mountain classification Tour de France
1982
Mountain classification Giro d'Italia
1983
Stage in Giro d'Italia
Mountain classification Giro d'Italia
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svgBelgian championship on the road
Stage in Tour de France
Mountain classification Tour de France

Grand Tour results timeline

1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Tour 12 6 3 4 5 18 3 1 3 9 11 16 2 DNE 4 DNE 27 DNE
Stages won 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Mountains classification 12 4 1 1 5 12 1 2 1 10 5 8 1 1 NR
Points classification NR NR 9 9 8 NR 10 9 10 NR 6 NR 17 NR NR
Giro DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 4 9 7 13 DNE
Stages won 0 1 0 0
Mountains classification 1 1 12 NR
Points classification 7 NR NR NR
Vuelta DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 14 DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 11
Stages won 0 0
Mountains classification NR NR
Points classification 8 NR
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

Notes

External links








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