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Flandria (cycling team)

Flandria was a Belgian professional cycling team that existed from 1957 to 1979. It was sponsored by Flandria a bicycle manufacturer located in West Flanders that also manufactures mopeds, lawnmowers, and motorbikes.

Flandria
51ste Tour de France 1964, Flandriaploeg met Huub Zilverberg (geheel rechts), Bestanddeelnr 916-5788.jpg
The Flandria squad of the 1964 Tour de France
Team information
RegisteredBelgium
Founded1957 (1957)
Disbanded1979
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI Division I
Key personnel
General managerBriek Schotte
Team manager(s)Jean de Gribaldy
Team name history
1959
1960–1961
1962
1963
1964–1965
1966
1967–1968
1969
1970–1971
1972
1973
1974–1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
Flandria–Dr.Mann
Wiel's–Flandria
Flandria–Faema–Clément
Flandria–Faema
Flandria–Romeo
Flandria
Flandria–De Clerck
Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
Flandria–Mars
Beaulieu–Flandria
Flandria–Carpenter–Shimano
Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
Flandria–Velda–West Vlaams Vleesbedrijf
Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
Flandria–Velda–Lano
Flandria–Ça va seul
Flandria (cycling team) jersey
Jersey

HistoryEdit

Started with a team built around Jo Planckaert, and Rik Van Looy. Youngsters Eddy Merckx, Peter Post, Herman Van Springel, and Walter Godefroot all joined at early stages of their career, although some such as Merckx left soon after to become leader of his own team.

After Van Looy's retirement, Belgian Freddy Maertens took over the leadership mantle, famous for his rivalry with Eddy Merckx. Irishman Sean Kelly also started his professional career with Flandria, as Maertens' super-domestique.

Joop Zoetemelk rode for the team from 1970-1972 finishing on the podium twice in the Tour de France during this span. He also finished 5th in the 1972 Tour de France and won the King of the Mountains classification in the 1971 Vuelta a Espana.

RosterEdit

Roster in 1975:[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Flandria - Carpenter 1975". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Flandria (cycling team) at Wikimedia Commons