Stan Ockers

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Stan Ockers (1951)

Constant "Stan" Ockers (born February 3, 1920 in Borgerhout, † October 1, 1956 in Antwerp ) was a Belgian cyclist .

Athletic career

The all-rounder became a professional cyclist in 1941, but was only able to establish itself in the 1950s. By far his strongest year was 1955, when he won the Ardennes double with successive victories at the classics La Flèche Wallonne and Liège – Bastogne – Liège . In the same year he was also able to win the road cycling world championship in Frascati, Italy.

In the Tour de France he was second behind Ferdy Kübler and Fausto Coppi in 1950 and 1952 . In 1955 and 1956 he won the jersey of the best sprinter.

Stan Ockers died in 1956 at the age of only 36 after falling during a race in Antwerp. In his honor, a memorial was erected to him near Liège on the route of the Liège – Bastogne – Liège race .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Presidium of the Cycling Section of the GDR (Ed.): Cycling Week . No. 52/1957 . Berlin, S. 10 .
  2. ^ Association of German cyclists (ed.): Radsport . No. 40/1962 . German sports publisher Kurt Stoof, Cologne, p. 14 .