Albert Van Vlierberghe

Albert Van Vlierberghe (18 March 1942 – 20 December 1991) was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer. Van Vlierberghe won three stages in the Tour de France, and three stages in the Giro d'Italia. He also competed in the team time trial and the team pursuit events at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[1]

Albert Van Vlierberghe
Overwinning van Albert Van Vlierberghe in Hulste 1965, Hulste, Marcel Ancaerkt (NEG02082002, collectie KOERS. Museum van de Wielersport).jpg
Albert Van Vlierberghe (1965)
Personal information
Full nameAlbert Van Vlierberghe
Born(1942-03-18)18 March 1942
Belsele, Belgium
Died20 December 1991(1991-12-20) (aged 49)
Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Major wins
3 stages Tour de France
3 stages Giro d'Italia

In his 1999 book, Breaking the Chain: Drugs and Cycling, the True Story, Belgian sports physiotherapist Willy Voet described an incident involving Van Vlierberghe that occurred during the 1979 Deutschland Tour. Voet, then the soigneur with Van Vlierberghe's team, Flandria, claims that Van Vlierberghe, "a decent Belgian racer but with no taste for the hills," asked Voet to drive him ahead of his fellow racers to avoid a six-mile stretch of hill in the course. Voet claims that Van Vlierberghe slipped back into the race without being detected and went on to place sixth on the stage. Voet used the incident to defend his assertion that for many professional riders at the time, cheating was "a way of life."[2]

Major resultsEdit

1963
  Belgium National Amateur Road Race Championship
1966
Mere
Tour de France:
Winner stage 7
Westouter
Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten
Belsele - Puivelde
Strombeek-Bever
1967
Kemzeke
Kortrijk
Malderen
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 9
1968
Belsele - Puivelde
Kustpijl
Stekene
Zwijnaarde
1969
Hannut
Oostakker
Sint-Martens-Lierde
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 5
Tre Province
1970
Flèche Rebecquoise
Harelbeke - Poperinge - Harelbeke
1970
Tour de France:
Winner stage 16
1971
Alassio
GP E5
Hannut
Harelbeke - Poperinge - Harelbeke
Houthulst
Omloop van de Fruitstreek Alken
Sassari - Cagliari
Sint-Gillis-Waas
Waasmunster
Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem
Tour de France:
Winner stage 1C
1972
Brussel - Meulebeke
De Panne
1972
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 9
Hannut
Maria-Aalter
Ottignies
Sinaai
1973
Grand Prix de Wallonie
Lokeren
1974
Bankprijs
Oostakker
Sinaai
Zele
Ninove
1975
Belsele - Puivelde
Bilzen
1976
Zwevezele
1977
Kortemark
Zele
1978
Baasrode
1980
Baasrode
Belsele

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Albert Van Vlierberghe Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Voet, Willy (2002) [1999 in original language]. Breaking the Chain: Drugs and Cycling, the True Story. London: Random House UK. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-224-06117-9. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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