Walter Godefroot

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Walter Godefroot
Walter GODEFROOT.jpg
Personal information
Full name Walter Godefroot
Born (1943-07-02) 2 July 1943 (age 71)
Ghent, Belgium
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Manager
Rider type One-day specialist
Professional team(s)
1965–1966
1967–1969
1970
1971–1972
1973–1975
1976 –1979
Wiel's
Flandria-De Clerck
Salvarani
Peugeot
Flandria-Carpenter
Ijsboerke
Managerial team(s)
1991–2005
2006
2007
Team Telekom
Astana-Würth
Astana
Major wins
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1967)
10 stages, Tour de France
Green jersey, Tour de France (1970)
Tour of Flanders (1968, 1978)
Paris–Roubaix (1969)
Bordeaux–Paris (1969, 1976)
1 stage, Giro d'Italia (1970)
2 stages, Vuelta a España (1971)
Belgium National Champion
Infobox last updated on
26 June 2008

Walter Godefroot (born 2 July 1943) is a retired Belgian professional road bicycle racer and former directeur sportif of Team Telekom, later known as T-Mobile Team, professional team.

Godefroot was a specialist in one-day classic cycle races, winning three Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1967), Paris–Roubaix (1969), and the Tour of Flanders (1968, 1978). Besides winning the green jersey at the 1970 Tour de France, Godefroot was the first to win the final stage on the Champs-Élysées stage in the Tour de France.

Godefroot was disqualified three times for doping. On 25 May 2007 Bjarne Riis, winner of the 1996 Tour de France and member of Team Telekom of which Godefroot was coach, admitted using EPO. Riis claims Godefroot turned a blind eye to drug use on the team.[1]

Godefroot stepped down as team manager before the 2006 season. Olaf Ludwig became manager. After the exclusion of Astana-Würth from the 2006 Tour de France, Godefroot returned to the peloton when became manager of Astana.

In his racing days he was called 'The Bulldog of Flanders'.

Major achievements[edit]

1964
Bronze medal icon.svgSummer Olympics Men's Road Race
1965
 Belgium National Road Race Championship
1966
2nd, Omloop Het Volk
1967
Stage 1 – Tour de France
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1968
Tour de France
Stage 3b win
Stage 9 win
2nd, Points Classification
Tour of Flanders
Gent–Wevelgem
2nd, Paris–Tours
3rd, Paris–Roubaix
1969
Bordeaux–Paris
Paris–Roubaix
Grote Scheldeprijs
1970 – Salvarani
Tour de France
Jersey green.svgMaillot vert, Points Classification winner
Winner stages 4 and 5A
Stage 8 – Giro d'Italia
Züri-Metzgete
2nd, Tour of Flanders
2nd overall, Tour of Belgium
1971 – Peugeot
Stage 9 – Tour de France
Stage 7 – Vuelta a España
Stage 8 – Vuelta a España
1972 – Peugeot
 Belgium National Road Race Championship
Stage 5a – Tour de France
1973 – Carpenter
Tour de France
Stage 5 win
Stage 16a win
2nd, Paris–Roubaix
1974
Rund um den Henninger Turm
Züri-Metzgete
Four Days of Dunkirk
1975 – Flandria
Stage 22 (Champs-Élysées) – 1975 Tour de France
1976
Bordeaux–Paris
1978
Tour of Flanders

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Tour de France winner Riis admits doping". 25 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-26.