Gustaaf Deloor

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Gustaaf Deloor
Personal information
Full nameGustaaf Deloor
Born(1913-06-24)24 June 1913
De Klinge, Belgium
Died28 January 2002(2002-01-28) (aged 88)
Mechelen, Belgium
Team information
Professional team(s)
1933Dilecta - Wolber
1934De Dion - Bouton
1934Catalunya Cycles
1935—1937Colin - Wolber
1938De Dion - Bouton
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (1937)
Vuelta a España
General classification (1935, 1936)
6 individual stages (1935, 1936)

Gustaaf Deloor (b. De Klinge, 24 June 1913 – d. Mechelen, 28 January 2002) was a Belgian road racing cyclist and the winner of the first two editions of the Vuelta a España in 1935 and 1936. The 1936 edition remains the longest winning finish time of the Vuelta in 150:07:54, the race consisted of 22 stages with a total length of 4,407 km. Gustaaf finished first and his older brother Alfons finished second overall.


Deloor was professional from 1932 until 1939 when World War II caused the end of his career. Deloor was serving in the Belgium army at Fort Eben-Emael near Maastricht but when the German army invaded the fort on 10 May 1940, Deloor together with some 1,200 Belgians were taken prisoner. In Stalag II-B or the prisoner-of-war camp II-B, Deloor was able to work in the kitchen due to a German officer that was interested in sports. When Deloor returned from the war, he came back to a plundered house and decided to start a new life in the United States of America in 1949. After ten years in New York he moved to Los Angeles. He lost his first wife in 1966 but remarried. In 1980, Deloor returned to Belgium.[1]

Major results[edit]

Vuelta a España:
Jersey gold.svg winner overall classification
Wearing leader's jersey for 12 days
Winner stages 3, 11 and 14
Vuelta a España:
Jersey gold.svg winner overall classification
Wearing leader's jersey for 20 days
Winner stages 2, 4 and 6
16th, Overall, Tour de France
1st, Stage 6
2nd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège


  1. ^ "Gustaaf Deloor". de wielersite. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2007.

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