Erik De Vlaeminck

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Erik De Vlaeminck
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Personal information
Full name Erik De Vlaeminck
Born (1945-03-23) 23 March 1945 (age 70)
Eeklo, Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Cyclo-cross/Road
Role Rider
Major wins

World Cyclo-cross Champion

(1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)

Belgian National Cyclo-cross Champion

(1967, 1969, 1971, 1972)

Tour of Belgium

General Classification (1969)
Infobox last updated on
14 July 2008

Erik De Vlaeminck (born 23 March 1945 in Eeklo, Belgium) is a Belgian former cyclist. He is the brother of Roger De Vlaeminck.

The spelling "Eric" rather than "Erik" is the French version of his name. He prefers Erik.

He became cyclo-cross world-champion seven times (in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973), a record. He missed 1967 only because his bike was damaged during the race. He also became Belgian champion four times (1967, 1969, 1971, 1972) at a time when there were so many good Belgian riders that the domestic championship was often harder than the world-championship.

He also performed creditably in road races, including the Tour de France. In 1969 he won the Tour of Belgium and a stage in the Tour de France.

De Vlaeminck never failed a drugs test in his racing career but was treated after it for amphetamine addiction. Many stories circulate about his supposed wild behaviour after races and after his career was over. When he returned to racing, the Belgian federation would offer him a licence for only a day at a time until it saw how his life would progress. De Vlaeminck refuses to speak of this period of his life.

His re-establishment was complete, however, because he became the national cyclo-cross coach and led Belgium to a dominating period of international success. He always complained, however, that while cyclo-cross brought Belgium its world championship medals, it was to road racing that the bulk of the funds were given.

De Vlaeminck's son Geert died of a heart attack in a cyclo-cross race while his father was watching.


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