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Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
« Reply #120 on: March 31, 2022, 08:22 »
RIP Richard Moore - a great cycling journalist and wonderful podcaster - truly shocked and hugely saddened to read of his passing at 49.
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    « Reply #121 on: April 13, 2022, 19:55 »
    Hans Junkermann passed away at age 87. A former teammate to Charly Gaul, Rik Van Looy, Rudi Altig or Federico Bahamontes, he could make huge efforts in very short times. Poulidor rated him among the top favourite at the start of the 1962 Tour of France. He also could've won a Tour of Italy if it wasn't for a frozen bidon that he got (some would say deliberately).

    Along Rolf Wolfshohl and Rudi Altig, he was one of the three best German riders of the Sixties (at least in the West). He is a dual Tour of Switzerland winner (in 1959 and 1962), Züri Metzgete winner in 1957, was 4th and 5th at the Tour of France in 1960 and 1961 resp., 3rd at the 1962 Walloon Arrow, 6th at the 1962 Tour of Italy and he won the European Madison Championship along with Rudi Altig in 1965.

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  • "Paris-Roubaix is the biggest cycling race in the world, bigger than the Tour de France, bigger than any other bike race" (Sir Bradley Wiggins)

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    « Reply #122 on: May 06, 2022, 12:46 »
    Harm Ottenbros  *nl passed away at age 78. Known for his surprising World title #rainbow in Zolder 1969 in a very tight sprint with *be Julien Stevens, Harm Ottenbros also won 2 stages at the Tour of Switzerland, a stage at the Tour of Luxembourg and a stage at the Tour of Belgium.

    A nice anecdote was reported by Marc Van Hamme, the Jean-Pierre Monseré biographer ("Jean-Pierre Monseré : voor altijd 22", Roularta Books, 2010).

    In training Monseré met World Champion Ottenbros in winter 1969 and the latter told him how much of a start bonus Oscar Daemers gave him for the Ghent Six. Daemers was the organiser of the Six-Days of Ghent and also the President of the Belgian federation. Jempi would go and knock on Daemers’ office door. Daemers said "Wait !" but Jempi entered the office regardless and told him straight how he found it unfair that the reigning World Champion was so poorly treated.




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    « Reply #123 on: June 08, 2022, 12:53 »
    Spanish climber Julio Jiménez Muñoz passed away at age 87, this Wednesday morning. He was involved in a car crash yesterday and did not survive. A great opponent to Federico Bahamontes for the Mountain Crown, he won among other great victories the Puy de Dôme stage at the 1964 Tour of France ahead of Bahamontes, Poulidor and Anquetil, the latter two rivalling for the overall ranking. As an amateur Jiménez also competed in the heights of Colombia.

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    « Reply #124 on: June 19, 2022, 17:15 »
    Marie-Rose Gaillard passed away at age 77.  :(

    Marie-Rose Gaillard was World Champion in Saló, 1962  #rainbow at age barely 18, ahead of two other Belgian riders, defending champion #rainbow Yvonne Reynders and Marie-Thérèse Naessens. She co-founded the Vélo club Ourthe-Amblève which Philippe Gilbert was a member of.

    https://twitter.com/PhilippeGilbert/status/1538483798312198144


    Here sitting with Rik Van Looy, who had been #rainbow the two years before her



    Here with very young Philippe Gilbert :



    Return to her own Thimister near Liège after her World title :

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #125 on: July 08, 2022, 00:09 »
    Arnaldo Pambianco chose to leave this world. The 1961 Tour of Italy winner - ahead of the likes of Anquetil, Gaul and Van Looy -  had lost his wife to leucemia in March this year. It seems that life without her was not something he could consider and he committed suicide last Tuesday, 5 June, at age 86. I'm still baffled that besides the Tour of Italy, Pambianco came to Belgium to win the Brabantian Arrow in 1964.

    Footage of his Brabantian Arrow win can be seen here (no comment) : https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_fleche-brabanconne-1964-victoire-de-arnaldo-pambianco-sans-commentaire?id=2884984



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    « Reply #126 on: July 31, 2022, 17:42 »
    I was saddened to hear about Jean Bobet's death at age 92. Jean Bobet was known as Louison's younger brother but was a very good rider in his own right, winning Paris-Nice in 1955. In the peloton, Jean was some kind of an intellectual, which anyone could see as he wore glasses. In the fifties, he was a real oddity. After his racing career, Jean became a journalist for L'Équipe and for RTL but was most famous as an author. I think he gained international recognition for "Tomorrow We Ride"



    But he also wrote "En selle" a series of interviews with his own brother and their physical trainer Raymond Le Bert, published in 1954 while the brothers were still active riders. An early training book dealing with interval training.

    The book that I read is "Le vélo à l'heure allemande", which should translate as "Cycling in German Time" or something like that. I don't know any English version exists. It should be. A very good book, well researched information about the races that took place in France during WWII !



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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #127 on: August 09, 2022, 15:06 »
    16 year old Lars Janssens was run over by a car one week ago while training in Malmedy (German-speaking part of Belgium). He's remained in coma for one week, fought very hard for his life but ultimately passed away at a hospital in Liège. The driver was high on weed.  :(

    https://www.hln.be/merksplas/jonge-wielrenner-lars-janssens-16-overleden-na-dramatisch-ongeval-in-malmedy-aanrijder-onder-invloed-van-cannabis~acaeb27c/


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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #128 on: August 15, 2022, 10:42 »
    May he rest in peace. :(
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #129 on: August 27, 2022, 11:00 »
    A big loss for Belgian cycling ! Herman Vanspringel passed away at age 79 of a long disease ! Winner of a record 7 Bordeaux-Paris, of the Tour of Lombardy, Ghent-Wevelgem and Omloop then called Het Volk. One of the most complete and underrated riders in history. Merckx had phoned him a few weeks ago and he knew he was not well but it's still a big loss for him as Herman was his teammate at Molteni for two seasons.



    The bust of Herman Vanspringel in his own Grobbendonk (incidentally also the birthplace of Rik Van Looy), with books and photographs after the news of his passing shows how beloved he was.

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    « Reply #130 on: October 09, 2022, 12:11 »
    Farewell to "De Karst" !

    Gerben Karstens passed away yesterday at age 80. He had a stroke a couple of weeks ago.

    Gerben Karstens was one of the best sprinters in the 60's and 70's. Winning Paris-Tours in 1965 after Jacques Anquetil went off route. If I'm not mistaken, that was the edition when Paris-Tours was raced on fixies. He also won Paris-Tours in 1974 but was disqualified for doping. It's a dramatic irony that he passed the day before "his" race is held.

    He was also disqualified from the 1969 Tour of Lombardy at the benefit of young Jean-Pierre Monseré. He tested positive but could not believe it. And for a good reason ! It was not his own urine that was tested but that of his mechanic. He did it like Michel Pollentier, 9 years before. But his mechanic had to drive all the way from the Netherlands to Milan with him and was so exhausted with that trip that he took some amphetamines as well.  :D

    Gerben Karstens was known as a joker in the peloton. Joseph Bruyère said that his favourite trick was to take a traffic cone and put it on his head while racing.



    "De Karst" had his own Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/GerbenKarstens70

    I thought he aged really well.

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #131 on: October 26, 2022, 15:35 »
    British pioneer Brian Robinson passed away at age 91.

    He was the first British winner of the Dauphiné libéré, first British stage winner at the Tour of France, was 3rd at teh 1957 Milan-Sanremo and 4th at the 1955 Walloon Arrow. Brian Robinson also was a pioneer at interval training.

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #132 on: October 30, 2022, 14:19 »
    Belgian Journalist Hugo Camps passed away at age 79. He came to be known in the sixties when he was a war reporter in Vietnam and in Chile. By 1976, he became editor-in-chief of Het Belang van Limburg and about ten years later he started interviewing many celebrities among whom many cyclists. This century he would still do that for De Morgen and wrote columns for NRC (between 2003 & 2019). Not so long ago he still wrote cycling columns for Het Laatste Nieuws.
    https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/columnist-en-journalist-hugo-camps-79-overleden/



    https://www.hln.be/wielrennen/onze-columnist-hugo-camps-ziet-oude-tijden-herleven-remco-evenepoel-heeft-het-peloton-veroverd-de-wereld-volgt~a5bc2800/

    In this column he would say that it looked like Wout Van Aert was going to be the new king of cycling but that picture was swept away by Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tour of Spain and a few other time trial (it was before the world). "There is again a champion that leaves the world speechless : Remco Evenepoel".

    Last year, Camps did one last interview with Rik Van Looy who is less and less open to interviews : https://www.hln.be/wielrennen/hugo-camps-bij-rik-van-looy-over-zijn-stadsgenoot-en-andere-hemelbestormers-wout-en-remco-zijn-vlotte-praters-maar-het-publiek-houdt-ook-van-stotteraars~a4e0bc5d/

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #133 on: November 12, 2022, 17:12 »
    Henri Anglade passed away at age 89. He was second to Federico Bahamontes at the 1959 Tour of France, lost because of the rivalry inside the French national team with Roger Rivière and Jacques Anquetil. He then went on to become a helper of Jacques Anquetil but did his last season with Raymond Poulidor.

    After his career, Anglade worked in a typewriting machine company and then became the Lejeune team director with Lucien Van Impe and Ferdinand Bracke in 1977, he was Van Impe's TD when the latter crashed because of an organisation car on Alpe d'Huez.

    Anglade was born in the Lorraine region but lived most of his life around Lyon. He was also an artist who draw a sketch of the stained glass of the Notre-Dame des cycliste Chapel in Labastide-d'Armagnac in the Landes around Dax.



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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #134 on: November 30, 2022, 17:22 »
    Davide Rebellin - so often a feature of our posts for so long - gone far too early in his retirement at just 51 - just dreadful and truly tragic news.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #135 on: November 30, 2022, 20:18 »
    just dreadful and truly tragic news.

    Such stories always feel just so...abrupt. There's but a small bit of solace in knowing that he was doing what he was born to do, and what had, literally, been his entire life.

    RIP
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    « Reply #136 on: December 01, 2022, 21:59 »
    Another loss for Italian cycling. Ercole Baldini passes away at age 89 ! One of the greatest ITT specialists in history, stands famous for breaking the Jacques Anquetil hour record while still an amateur rider back in September 1956 with a distance of 46.394 km in front of 15,000 spectators at the Vigorelli in Milan.

    As a pro rider, he was World Champion #rainbow in Reims in 1958 dominating Louison Bobet with a 2'09" lead. Bobet had broken away in the second lap isolating a four-men lead : Louison Bobet *fr , Gastone Nencini *it , Ercole Baldini *it, Gerrit Voorting *nl. Belgium was weakened by internal rivalry between Rik Van Looy and Rik Van Steenbergen. Voorting and then Nencini shortly after mid-race. Baldini attacked solo in the Côte de Premecy with 50 km to go. At the top Bobet was still close, only 7" behind but Ercole's time trial capacities would prove the better of him. At the end Bobet showed sportsmanship :

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    It would have been unfair that Baldini did not win

    A few months before, Ercole Baldini had won the Tour of Italy ahead of Charly Gaul and Louison Bobet as well.

    In 1957, he had already won the Baracchi Trophy along with ageing Fausto Coppi.

    He never was quite as good after 1958 but still won some of the greatest ITT races :  the GP des Nations in 1960, his home race the Forli GP (1958, 1959 and 1962) and two other Baracchi Trophy (1959 partnering Aldo Moser and 1961 partnering Jo Velly).

    His career ended brutally in 1964 after a leg surgery. He went on to become a team director from 1965 to 1972. At Ignis, he won the 1965 Walloon Arrow with Roberto Poggiali and at Scic he led Vittorio Adorni during his season in rainbow. Ercole Baldini also was the Vice-President of the Italian federation.









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    « Reply #137 on: December 13, 2022, 11:02 »
    Walter Bénéteau has been found dead in mysterious circumstances in Bali, Indonesia at age 50. That's quite shocking to me.  :o

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    « Reply #138 on: December 26, 2022, 08:35 »
    Vittorio Adorni passed away on Christmas Eve at age 85.  :(

    World Champion in 1968, ten years after Ercole Baldini who has recently passed as well, the last Italian champion until then. He got his title in Imola in weird circumstances, breaking away early with ageing Rik Van Looy, meaning that neither Belgium nor Italy would chase behind and then Rik couldn't keep up so that eventually Adorni got a 9'50" lead ahead of Herman Vanspringel (who also passed earlier this year  :(), lead that has never been seen since then. Adorni was past his prime that year but he still was second to Eddy Merckx when the future Cannibal won his first Tour of Italy earlier that year. Vittorio won the Tour of Italy in 1965.

    He was known for his bright smile and for his very strict diet, at a time when Belgian riders would still drink beers after a stage of a GT.

    He was an early breakaway mate of Felice Gimondi's at the 1966 Paris-Brussels, Felice being his teammate at Salvarani. Felice's daughter, Norma Gimondi, shared the sad news.

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #139 on: January 15, 2023, 09:47 »
    Shocking news as Lieuwe Westra leaves the world after a long battle against a (for the moment) unrevealed disease at age 40.


    https://www.hln.be/wielrennen/voormalig-wielrenner-lieuwe-westra-40-overleden-hij-vocht-de-laatste-jaren-met-zichzelf-en-verloor~a8ce8be3/

    Earlier this year, we also lost Henri De Wolf aged 86, winner of the 1962 Walloon Arrow

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #140 on: January 15, 2023, 13:48 »
    Shocking news as Lieuwe Westra leaves the world after a long battle against a (for the moment) unrevealed disease at age 40.
    His biographer writes that Westra was struggling with depression - but that this apparently wasn't suicide:
    https://twitter.com/ThomasSijtsma/status/1614579394214772736
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    « Reply #141 on: January 16, 2023, 11:25 »
    Oh my apologies, I only read the comment by the biographer saying that Westra fought very hard for several years and concluded too quickly that he was ill. The HLN article that I shared says he struggled with depression but I think it has been updated since my post because I hadn't seen that at first. May he rest in peace, anyway !
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