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Roger De Vlaeminck
Roger De Vlaeminck at home on the cobbles of the Ronde van Vlaanderen.
Roger De Vlaeminck at home on the cobbles of the Ronde van Vlaanderen.
Personal information
Full name Roger De Vlaeminck
Nickname Monsieur Paris-Roubaix
Date of birth 24 August 1947 (1947-08-24) (age 62)
Country  Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road/Cyclo-cross
Role Rider
Rider type Classics rider
Professional team(s)1
1969–1971
1972
1973–1977
1978
1979
1980
1981–1982
1983
1984
Flandria
Dreher
Brooklyn
Sanson
GIS
Boule d'Or-Colnago
DAF Trucks
Gios
GIS
Major wins
Paris-Roubaix (4x)
Tirreno-Adriatico (6x)
Milan-Sanremo (3x)
Ronde van Vlaanderen (1x)
Giro di Lombardia (2x)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (1x)
Omloop Het Volk (2x)
Infobox last updated on:
July 3, 2008

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

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 travelling 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”.

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Career

Born in the East Flanders town of Eeklo, De Vlaeminck’s first love was football. He was playing centre forward for F.C. Eeklo when he left school and he could have made a career in the sport, however his elder brother Erik was having success as a pro cyclist and this persuaded Roger to try cycling. He raced as a junior in 1965, gaining one win, but 1966 saw 25 victories. Roger and Erik spent their winters riding cyclo-cross and in 1968 in Luxembourg Erik became world professional champion and Roger the amateur champion on the same day. Roger eventually took the professional title in 1975.

In 1968 Roger rode the road race at the Mexico Olympics and finished 18th.

De Vlaeminck turned professional at the start of the 1969 season with Flandria-Declerck and won the Omloop "Het Volk" in his first race. De Vlaeminck’s career ran parallel with Eddy Merckx and he battled for ascendancy with Merckx throughout his career. De Vlaeminck rode Paris-Roubaix on 14 occasions, winning four times (1972, 1974, 1975, 1977), finished second four times, third once, fifth once, seventh twice and abandoned only in 1980. His skill as a cyclo-cross rider made him an expert on the cobbles of northern France which the race crosses. De Vlaeminck used the early season Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico as training for the spring classics. He dominated the race between 1972 and 1977, winning six occasions and taking 15 stages.

De Vlaeminck is one of only three riders to have who won Milan-Sanremo, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the Giro di Lombardia. The other two are fellow Belgians Rik van Looy and Eddy Merckx. The only major one-day race he did not win was the world road race championship, his best performance was second to Dutchman Hennie Kuiper in 1975. He rode three Tour de France, winning stage 6 in 1970 between Amiens and Valenciennes. He took the points jersey in the Giro d'Italia on three occasions as well as 22 stages over including seven stages in 1975. He took a stage win in the Vuelta a España in his final season in 1984. His career lasted 15 years (retiring in 1984) and he had 257 victories.

De Vlaeminck, who lives on a farm in Kaprijke, is still in cycling. He has been coaching cyclo-cross riders. In April 2004 he quit his job as coach to the John Saey-Deschacht team in Belgium to spend more time with his family, However he was tempted back to the sport in November 2004 as advisor to the Zimbabwe team as it prepared for the world championship in St. Wendel, Germany, at the end of January 2005.

De Vlaeminck is known for firm opinions about cycling and is often consulted by journalists. In particular, he criticizes the trend to have multiple leaders in a team. That, he says, means the best racers share important races between them.

Major victories

Significant victories by year

1967
Omloop van de Grensstreek
1968
Flèche ardennaise
Cyclo-cross World Championships - amateurs
1969
Omloop Het Volk
Jersey belgianflag.svg Belgian National Road Race Championships
Brussel-Ingooigem
1970
Liège-Bastogne-Liège
One stage, Tour de France
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Grote Scheldeprijs
Druivenkoers Overijse
Omloop van het Houtland
1971
La Flèche Wallonne
Quatre Jours de Dunkerque
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
One stage, Tour de Suisse
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
Two stages, Tour de la Nouvelle-France
1972
Paris-Roubaix
Jersey violet.svg Four stages and points classification, Giro d'Italia
Two stages and overall classification, Tirreno-Adriatico
Milan-Turin
Coppa Placci
Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
Druivenkoers Overijse
1973
Milan-Sanremo
Three stages, Giro d'Italia
One stage and overall classification, Tirreno-Adriatico
Giro di Toscana
Trofeo Matteotti
Boucles de l'Aulne
G.P. de Monaco
1974
Paris-Roubaix
Giro di Lombardia
Jersey violet.svg One stage and points classification, Giro d'Italia
One stage and overall classification, Tirreno-Adriatico
Giro del Veneto
Milan-Turin
Druivenkoers Overijse
Coppa Placci
Giro di Sicilia
Belgian Cyclo-cross Championships
1975
Paris-Roubaix
Jersey violet.svg Seven stages and points classification, Giro d'Italia
Six stages and overall classification, Tour de Suisse
Jersey rainbow.svg Cyclo-cross World Championships
Three stages and overall classification, Tirreno-Adriatico
Züri-Metzgete
Coppa Agostoni
Giro del Lazio
Trofeo Pantalica
Critérium des As
Belgian Cyclo-cross Championships
Gran Premio di Montelupo
Heusden-Zolder
1976
Giro di Lombardia
Four stages, Giro d'Italia
Giro dell'Emilia
Three stages and overall classification, Tirreno-Adriatico
Three stages and overall classification, Volta a Catalunya
Giro del Lazio
Two stages and overall classification, Giro di Sardegna
Sassari-Cagliari
Coppa Agostoni
Gran Premio di Montelupo
One stage, Giro di Puglia
1977
Paris-Roubaix
Ronde van Vlaanderen
Four stages and overall classification, Tirreno-Adriatico
Giro del Piemonte
1978
Milan-Sanremo
Druivenkoers Overijse
Giro del Friuli
Cagliari-Sassari
Two stages, Giro di Sardegna
One stage, Giro di Puglia
Belgian Cyclo-cross World Championships
1979
Milan-Sanremo
Three stages, Giro d'Italia
Omloop Het Volk
Two stages, Quatre Jours de Dunkerque
Three stages and overall classification, Giro di Puglia
One stage, Tirreno-Adriatico
One stage, Giro del Trentino
Milan-Vignola
1980
Two stages, Tirreno-Adriatico
Four stages, Giro di Sardegna
Trofeo Laigueglia
Heusden-Destelbergen
One stage, Quatre Jours de Dunkerque
Profronde van Stiphout
Vuelta a Mallorca
1981
Paris-Brussels
Jersey belgianflag.svg Belgian National Road Race Championships
Brabantse Pijl
Two stages, Tour de Suisse
Two stages, Paris-Nice
Profronde van Stiphout
1984
One stage, Vuelta a España
Giro di Campania

External links

Further reading

  • "Roger De Vlaeminck" by Raphael Luchon published by Kennedy Brothers, Keighley, Yorkshire
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Albert Van Damme
Arc en ciel.svg World cyclo-cross champion Arc en ciel.svg
1975
Succeeded by
Albert Zweifel
Preceded by
Roger Rosiers
Winner of Paris-Roubaix
1972
Succeeded by
Eddy Merckx
Preceded by
Eddy Merckx
Winner of Paris-Roubaix
1974,1975
Succeeded by
Marc Demeyer
Preceded by
Marc Demeyer
Winner of Paris-Roubaix
1977
Succeeded by
Francesco Moser







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