Gilbert Desmet

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This article is about the Belgian cyclist that wore the yellow jersey in 1956 and 1963. For the other Belgian cyclist with the almost same name, see Gilbert De Smet.
Gilbert Desmet
Personal information
Full name Gilbert Desmet
Nickname Smetje van Lichtervelde
Born (1931-02-02) 2 February 1931 (age 84)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1952-1955 Groene Leeuw-Huret
1956 Bertin-d'Allessandro
1957-1959 Faema-Guerra
1959-1962 Carpano
1963-1965 Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1066-1967 Romeo-Smith's
Major wins
La Flèche Wallone
Four Days of Dunkirk
Infobox last updated on
11 June 2007

Gilbert Desmet (2 February 1931, Roeselare), nicknamed Smetje van Lichtervelde, is a retired Belgian cyclist, professional from 1952 to 1967. In the 1956 Tour de France, he wore the yellow jersey for 2 days, and in the 1963 Tour de France he wore it for 9 days. Desmet won 101 professional courses, including Paris–Tours, La Flèche Wallonne and Four Days of Dunkirk. His best result in the Tour de France was his 4th place in 1962.

Major victories[edit]


  • Cornillië, Patrick (1994). Lichtervelde op twee wielen (Dutch). De Beer.
  • Cornillië, Patrick (2004). Gilbert Desmet – Smetje van Lichtervelde (Dutch). De Eecloonaar. ISBN 90-74128-99-8

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