Alfons De Wolf

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Alfons De Wolf
Personal information
Full name Alfons De Wolf
Born (1956-06-22) 22 June 1956 (age 58)
Willebroek, Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Major wins

Giro di Lombardia (1980)
Milan – San Remo (1981)
Tour de France, 1 stage
Vuelta a España, 5 stages

Points Competition (1979)
Infobox last updated on
5 October 2007

Alfons ("Fons") De Wolf (born 22 June 1956 in Willebroek) is a retired Belgian road race cyclist, a professional from 1979 to 1990. He represented his country at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

He was forecast, with Daniel Willems, to be the successor to Eddy Merckx. De Wolf seemed to fulfill that promise by winning the 1980 Giro di Lombardia and the 1981 Milan – San Remo, the last and first classic of the season . He almost won the 1982 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, beaten by Italian Silvano Contini in the final sprint.

After winning a stage in the 1984 Tour de France, his career faded. He helped his teammate Eddy Planckaert win the green jersey in the 1988 Tour de France. He ended his career in 1990.

He now helps his wife in her funeral parlour in Dworp, in the south of Brussels.

Although he won the Omloop Het Volk two times, De Wolf was an atypical Flemish cyclist, preferring Italian races such as Milan – San Remo to Paris–Roubaix, Gent–Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders. He was at ease in hilly races, though he was not an impressive climber.

He complained that he was seen as a 'new Eddy Merckx', that the public had expected too much.

Palmarès[edit]

1976
Tour de Namur
1978
Paris-Roubaix Espoirs
 Belgium National Amateur Road Championship
1979
Erembodegem-Terjoden
Malderen
Omloop Schelde-Durme
Sint-Kwintens-Lennik
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 2, 7, 9, 16B and 19
Winner points classification
Dilsen
Sombreffe
Boom
1980
Druivenkoers Overijse
Nederbrakel
Strijpen
Willebroek
Giro di Lombardia
Trofeo Baracchi (with Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke)
1981
Circuit des Frontières
Malderen
Peer
Polder-Kempen
Six Days of Antwerpen (with René Pijnen)
Milan – San Remo
Ottignies
Herselt
Eeklo
1982
Sassari - Cagliari
Omloop Het Volk
1983
Coppa Ugo Agostoni
Giro della Romagna
Giro di Toscana
Omloop Het Volk
1984
Malderen
Tour de France:
Winner stage 14
1985
Deerlijk
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 9
Roeselare
1986
Reutlingen
1987
Strombeek-Bever
1989
Malderen

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