Roger De Vlaeminck

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Roger De Vlaeminck on the Tour of Flanders on the notorious Koppenberg

Roger De Vlaeminck (* 24. August 1947 in Eeklo ) is a former Belgian cyclist and was in the 1970s one of the most successful classics riders of cycling .

Besides Rik Van Looy and Eddy Merckx, De Vlaeminck is the only rider to have won all five monuments of cycling . His four victories at Paris – Roubaix , which he achieved in the “Hell of the North” between 1972 and 1977, were only evened out in 2012 by his compatriot Tom Boonen .

Roger De Vlaeminck was not only a serious competitor to Eddy Merckx in the classics. Although he was not as successful as his compatriot, he was more versatile. He won the world championship in cyclo-cross for professionals and amateurs, three times the Belgian championship for professionals and twice for amateurs in this cycling discipline. In 1969, the year of his second amateur victory in the Belgian cyclo-cross championship, he also won the Belgian road championship title among professionals. He also won the Belgian championship title in two-man team driving in 1972 (together with Patrick Sercu ).

Roger's older brother Eric was also extremely successful internationally, although much more specialized in cross-country racing.

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