Roger De Vlaeminck

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Roger De Vlaeminck
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De Vlaeminck at the 1978 Tour of Flanders
Personal information
Full name Roger De Vlaeminck
Nickname The Gypsy[1]
Born (1947-08-24) 24 August 1947 (age 67)
Eeklo, East Flanders, Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road/Cyclo-cross
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1969–1971 Flandria-De Clerck-Krüger
1972 Dreher
1973–1977 Brooklyn
1978 Sanson
1979 Gis Gelati
1980 Boule d'Or
1981–1982 DAF Trucks-Cote d'Or-Gazelle
1983 Gios
1984 Gis-Tuc Lu
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stages (1970)
Giro d'Italia
Points classification (1972, 1974, 1975)
22 individual stages (1972-1979)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stages (1984)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)

One-day races and Classics

Omloop Het Volk (1969, 1979)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1970)
Paris–Roubaix (1972, 1974, 1975, 1977)
Milan – San Remo (1973, 1978, 1979)
Giro di Lombardia (1974, 1976)
Tour of Flanders (1977)
National Road Race Championships (1969, 1981)


National Cyclo-cross Championships (1974, 1975, 1978)

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".[1] Nicknamed “The Gypsy” because he was born into a family of traveling clothiers,[1] 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”.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

De Vlaeminck was born on 24 August 1947 in the East Flanders town of Eeklo,[2][3] His first love was football. He played center 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.[3] 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 De Vlaeminck rode the road race at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico and finished 18th.[4]

Professional career[edit]

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, sixth 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 on six occasions and taking 15 stages.

De Vlaeminck is one of only three riders to have won all five 'Monuments of Cycling' (i.e., Milan – San Remo, Tour of Flanders, 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.[citation needed] De Vlaeminck is also known for his harsh opinion of Tom Boonen, calling him unworthy of equaling his Paris-Roubaix record of 4 wins, claiming cycling isn't as hard as it used to be. This led to the meme "In den tijd van Roger De Vlaeminck ..." ("in the days of Roger De Vlaeminck") where De Vlaeminck was attributed to doing all kinds of unrealistic stuff.[5]



Omloop van de Grensstreek
Flèche ardennaise
Cyclo-cross World Championships — amateurs
Omloop "Het Volk"
MaillotBélgica.svg Belgian National Road Race Championships
One stage, Tour de France
Grote Scheldeprijs
Druivenkoers Overijse
Omloop van het Houtland
La Flèche Wallonne
Four Days of Dunkirk
One stage, Tour de Suisse
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
Two stages, Tour de la Nouvelle-France
Jersey violet.svg Four stages and points classification, Giro d'Italia
Two stages and overall classification, Tirreno–Adriatico
Coppa Placci
Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
Druivenkoers Overijse
Milan – San Remo
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
Giro di Lombardia
Jersey violet.svg One stage and points classification, Giro d'Italia
One stage and overall classification, Tirreno–Adriatico
Giro del Veneto
Druivenkoers Overijse
Coppa Placci
Giro di Sicilia
Belgian Cyclo-cross Championships
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
Coppa Agostoni
Giro del Lazio
Trofeo Pantalica
Critérium des As
Belgian Cyclo-cross Championships
Gran Premio di Montelupo
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
Coppa Agostoni
Gran Premio di Montelupo
One stage, Giro di Puglia
Tour of Flanders
Four stages and overall classification, Tirreno–Adriatico
Giro del Piemonte
Milan – San Remo
Druivenkoers Overijse
Giro del Friuli
Two stages, Giro di Sardegna
One stage, Giro di Puglia
Belgian Cyclo-cross World Championships
Milan – San Remo
Three stages, Giro d'Italia
Omloop Het Volk
Two stages, Four Days of Dunkirk
Three stages and overall classification, Giro di Puglia
One stage, Tirreno–Adriatico
One stage, Giro del Trentino
Two stages, Tirreno–Adriatico
Four stages, Giro di Sardegna
Trofeo Laigueglia
One stage, Four Days of Dunkirk
Profronde van Stiphout
Vuelta a Mallorca
MaillotBélgica.svg Belgian National Road Race Championships
Brabantse Pijl
Two stages, Tour de Suisse
Two stages, Paris–Nice
Profronde van Stiphout
One stage, Vuelta a España
Giro di Campania

Monuments results timeline[edit]


Monument 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Milan – San Remo 2 12 1 3 31 7 2 1 1 5 2 13
Tour of Flanders 13 17 30 11 4 1 10 12 4 6 25
Paris–Roubaix 5 2 7 1 7 1 1 3 1 2 2 2 6
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 22 1 11 8 4 7
Giro di Lombardia 8 2 1 4 1 15 15


  1. ^ a b c Fotheringham 2003, p. 63.
  2. ^ a b "Roger De Vlaeminck". Cycling Archives. de Wielersite. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Hilton 2005, p. 180.
  4. ^ "Roger De Vlaeminck Olympic Results". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "De Vlaeminck: Boonen's Paris-Roubaix rivals were "third rate"". (Bath, UK: Future plc). 10 April 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Roger De Vlaeminck (Belgium)". Québec, Canada: Info Média Conseil. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Palmarès de Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)" [Awards of Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)]. Memoire du cyclisme (in French). Retrieved 8 November 2013. 


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