Walter Godefroot

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Walter Godefroot

Walter Godefroot (born July 2, 1943 in Ghent , Belgium ) is a former Belgian professional cyclist and cycling manager. As an active player, he won numerous one-day races and stages, mostly in a sprint. As a cycling manager, he was best known as the sporting director of the Deutsche Telekom cycling team (1992-2005).


1964 Godefroot had his strongest year with the amateurs when he won two stages of the Tour de Tunisie - one of them with a world record average of 54 km / h. At the Summer Olympics in Tokyo , he was the fastest track in the main field in the road race and won the bronze medal for third place.

Godefroot was a professional cyclist from 1965 to 1979 and won a. a. 10 stages of the Tour de France , several Belgian classics as well as Paris – Roubaix . There were several irregularities in controls for performance-enhancing agents: he refused doping tests in 1967 at " Paris Tours " and 1974 at " Fleche Wallone ", disqualification in 1974 at the Tour of Flanders for taking Ritalin .

Following his professional career, he worked as a sports director for the professional teams Ijsboerke , Capri Sonne , Lotto and Weinmann . In 1992 Godefroot switched to Team Telekom as the sporting director , and in 2004 and 2005 he was the team manager of the cycling team that was renamed Team T-Mobile . After the 2005 season he retired from cycling, his successor at T-Mobile was Olaf Ludwig .

In July 2006 Walter Godefroot surprisingly returned to professional cycling, he was supposed to support the Astana team , which was badly affected by the Fuentes doping scandal, as an adviser to the team management in order to push ahead with the restructuring of the team. In July 2007 Astana ended the collaboration after several teams formerly led by Godefroot accused him of complicity and instigation of organized doping.

In May 2007, Walter Godefroot was once again associated with doping on the Beckmann television program , but the relevant statements were made illegible for legal reasons.


  1. ^ Ralf Meutgens: Doping scene Germany. Ideal World in Magenta , FAZ.NET April 12, 2005
  2. Kai Pahl: The ARD sound disturbance called Godefroot (Update 4). In: May 21, 2007, accessed June 7, 2020 .

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