Herman Van Springel

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Herman Van Springel
Van Springel in 2013
Personal information
Full nameHerman Van Springel
Born (1943-08-14) 14 August 1943 (age 75)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeSprinter, Time Trial
Professional team(s)
1965Dr Mann
1974MIC-Ludo-De Gribaldy
1978–1979Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
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)

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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