Eddy Planckaert

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Eddy Planckaert (born September 22, 1958 in Nevele ) is a former Belgian cyclist .

Cycling career

Eddy Planckaert was a professional racing driver from 1980 to 1991 and during this time one of the best road drivers in Belgium. As a teenager and junior he was three times Belgian road champion. In 1978 and 1979 he won the Flèche Wallonne , 1983 the Brabant Arrow and 1984 the Tour of Belgium . Twice, in 1984 and 1985, he won the Omloop Het Volk . He had already won the race as an amateur in 1980. He also won several stages in the Tour de France , the Giro d'Italia , the Vuelta a España and the Tour de Suisse .

1988 was Planckaerts' most successful year, when he was able to achieve both the green jersey of the best points in the Tour de France and victory in the Tour of Flanders . In his last year as a professional he won the classic Paris – Roubaix and thus two of the monuments of cycling .


Eddy Planckaert comes from a cycling family. His brothers Willy and Walter were racing drivers, as was his nephew Jo and his son Francesco . He has four children and lives with his family in a house in the Ardennes .

Personal and professional

After the end of his cycling career, Planckaert was professionally active in many areas. First he took over a sawmill in Lithuania, later he went to Poland. After his return to Belgium, Belgian television broadcast the docu-soap “De Planckaerts” since 1997, which ran until 2009. In 2007 Jo Planckaert became the sporting director of the Belgian team Jartazi . He runs a floor trade and also rents out holiday apartments in his house in Lesterny .

The "Challenge Eddy Planckaert" for juniors has been held in Belgium since 2008, which Planckaert organizes himself together with his family.

On September 25, 2015, Planckaert set a “ hour record ” on a wooden bicycle on the Rochefort Velodrome with 11 kilometers, 932 meters and 94 centimeters . The 30 kilogram wheel was a workpiece made by trainees at the Victor Hoctar vocational school in Evere . Since the cycling track does not meet the standards of the World Cycling Association UCI , the record is only unofficial, but it should be reported in the Guinness Book of Records .

Literature and film

  • Jeroen Denaeghel: De Planckaerts. Kroniek van een wieler dynasty , 2008
  • De planckaerts , DVD

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Pascal Sergent, Guy Crasset, Herve Dauchy: Wereld Encyclopedie Wielrennen . Verlag Eecloonaar, Eeklo 2001, p. 1485 (Flemish).
  2. Page no longer available , search in web archives: musicitems.clint.be (Dutch) nieuwsblad.be: "Vtm voert 'De Planckaerts' af" (Dutch)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / musicitems.clint.be
  3. Oud-wielrenner Planckaert record rijker. (No longer available online.) In: nieuws.nl. September 25, 2015, archived from the original on September 25, 2015 ; Retrieved September 25, 2015 (Dutch). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / nieuws.nl

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