Gilbert Desmet

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Gilbert Desmet
Personal information
Full name Gilbert Desmet
Nickname Smetje van Lichtervelde
Born (1931-02-02) 2 February 1931 (age 87)
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
1966-1967 Romeo-Smith's
Major wins
La Flèche Wallone
Four Days of Dunkirk

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. He finished second in the 1959 Paris–Roubaix.[1]

Major victories[edit]


  1. ^ "57th Paris – Roubaix, 1959". bikeraceinfo. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 


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

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