Claude Criquielion

Claude Criquielion (11 January 1957 – 18 February 2015) was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who raced between 1979 and 1990. In 1984, Criquielion became the world road race champion in Barcelona, Spain on a gruelling course. He had five top-ten finishes in the Tour de France.

Claude Criquielion
Deux-Acren (Lessines) - Grand Prix Criquielion, 17 mai 2014, arrivée (B12).JPG
Criquielion in 2014
Personal information
Full nameClaude Criquielion
Born(1957-01-11)11 January 1957
Lessines, Belgium
Died18 February 2015(2015-02-18) (aged 58)
Aalst, Belgium
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional teams
Managerial teams
Major wins
Stage races
Tour de Romandie (1986)

One-day races and Classics

World Road Race Championships (1984)
National Road Race Championships (1990)
La Flèche Wallonne (1985, 1989)
Tour of Flanders (1987)
Clásica de San Sebastián (1983)
Medal record
Representing  Belgium
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1984 Barcelona Elite Men's Road Race

Criquielion was well placed to win a medal in the 1988 world road race championship in Belgium. However, he crashed in sight of the line when another competitor, Steve Bauer of Canada, clashed with him. The third rider, Maurizio Fondriest, went on to win. Bauer was disqualified and Criquielion sued Bauer for assault, asking for $1.5 million in damages in a case that lasted more than three years before the judge ruled in Bauer's favor.

At the national championship race in 1985, he tested positive for Pervitin, but received no repercussions. The head of the laboratory at Ghent University, which had administered the analysis, subsequently resigned his post in the Medical Commission of the Belgian Cycling Association (KBWB) in protest.[1]

Criquielion was directeur sportif of the Lotto–Adecco team from 2000 to 2004. His son, Mathieu Criquielion, turned professional for the Landbouwkrediet-Colnago team in 2005; Claude Criquielion became the team's manager.

From 2006 until his death Criquielion was an alderman for the liberal MR in Lessines.

During the night of 15-16 February 2015, Criquielion suffered a cerebrovascular accident and he was hospitalized in critical condition.[2] Criquelion died at 9:00 AM on 18 February 2015 in a hospital in Aalst.[3][4]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
  Vuelta a España 3 DNF
  Giro d'Italia 7
  Tour de France 9 13 9 DNF 18 9 18 5 11 14 36 9


  1. ^ "Affaire-Criquelion krijgt een staartje" [Affair Criquelion gets a tail]. De Volkskrant (in Dutch). 8 August 1985. p. 8. Retrieved 2 April 2020 – via Delpher.
  2. ^ Ex-wereldkampioen wielrennen Criquielion kritiek na hersenberoerte
  3. ^ Claude Criquielion overleden
  4. ^ Claudy Criquielion: Cyclist whose many wins were overshadowed by a race he famously lost and the ensuing legal fall-out

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