Herman Van Springel

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Herman Van Springel
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Personal information
Full name Herman Van Springel
Born (1943-08-14) 14 August 1943 (age 70)
Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter, Time Trial
Professional team(s)
1965
1966–1970
1971–1972
1973
1974
1975–1976
1977
1978–1979
1980–1981
Dr Mann
Mann-Grundig
Molteni
Rokado
MIC-Ludo-De Gribaldy
Flandria-Velda
IJsboerke-Colnago
Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
Safir-Ludo
Major wins
Tour de France green jersey (1973)
Tour de France, 5 career stage wins
Gent-Wevelgem (1966)
Giro di Lombardia (1968)
Bordeaux-Paris (1970, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981)
Infobox last updated on
18 May 2009

Herman Van Springel (born 14 August 1943) is a Belgian former road racing cyclist, from Grobbendonk, in the Flemish Campine or Kempen region.

He was an accomplished time-trial rider, almost winning the Tour de France in 1968, when he was beaten in the last stage by Dutchman, Jan Janssen in a time-trial. In the autumn that year, he won the classic Giro di Lombardia.

He won a record seven editions of the marathon Bordeaux–Paris. He also won the green jersey in the 1973 Tour de France without winning a single stage. However, he did win five stages during his ten participations in the Tour. He kept on cycling through the seventies and ended his long career at the end of 1981.

Flemish TV-maker and presenter, Marc Uytterhoeven, motivated by the 1968 Tour, founded a Herman Van Springel fan club.

Major results[edit]

Tour de France
1966, 6th overall,
1967, 24th overall, 1 stage win
1968, 2nd overall, 1 stage win
1969, 18th overall, 2 stage wins
1971, 14th overall, 1 stage win
1973, 6th overall, Points classification
1974, 10th overall
1975, 31st overall
Giro d'Italia
1971, 2nd overall
One-day events, classics and semi-classics

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