Frans Van Looy

Frans Van Looy (26 August 1950 – 20 September 2019) was a Belgian cyclist. Looy was professional from 1972 to 1982. He competed in the individual road race at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[1]

Frans Van Looy
Personal information
Full nameFrans Van Looy
Born(1950-08-26)26 August 1950
Merksem, Belgium
Died20 September 2019(2019-09-20) (aged 69)
Merksem, Belgium
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb; 11 st 11 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
Role
  • Rider (retired)
  • Assistant team manager (retired)
Rider typeSprinter
Professional teams
1972–1973Novy-Dubble Bubble
1974Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1975–1976Molteni–RYC
1977Maes Pils-Mini Flat
1978Mini Flat - Boule d'Or
1979Kas–Campagnolo
1980–1981Vermeer Thijs–Mini-Flat
1982Europ Decor
Managerial teams
1983Perlav-Eurosoap
1984–1987TeVe Blad-Eddy Merckx
1988–1991Histor–Sigma
1992–2006Team Telekom

After his career as a cyclist, Van Looy worked as a team manager with Team Telekom and T-Mobile until 2006. and had helped run his family's farm in Merksem. However, a local government order ruled that Van Looy could no longer live at the farm, despite a petition signed by 3,000 people to preserve the residence that Van Looy had been born in.[2] After this order, which ruled his birthplace to be uninhabitable and lead to his eviction, he committed suicide in September 2019.[3]

Major winsEdit

Sources:[4][5]

1972
4th Nationale Sluitingsprijs
1973
1st Stage 6 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Stage 1 Tour du Nord
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Mallorca
2nd Omloop van Oost-Vlaanderen
5th Nationale Sluitingsprijs
9th Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem
10th Grand Prix de Denain
1974
1st Schaal Sels
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
7th E3 Harelbeke
8th Dwars door België
1975
2nd GP du Tournaisis
2nd Paris-Tours
3rd Tour du Condroz
3rd Schaal Sels
3rd Coppa Ugo Agostoni
5th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
6th Nationale Sluitingsprijs
8th Scheldeprijs
1976
1st Ronde van Limburg
1st Leeuwse Pijl
3rd Omloop van het Leiedal
4th Scheldeprijs
4th Omloop van de Vlaamse Scheldeboorden
4th Paris-Tours
9th Eschborn–Frankfurt
9th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1977
1st Nokere Koerse
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
3rd Halle–Ingooigem
5th Tour du Condroz
8th Overall Three Days of Bruges–De Panne
8th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1978
1st De Kustpijl
1st GP Victor Standaert
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
1st Stage 3a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
2nd GP du Tournaisis
5th Overall Tour of Belgium
6th Omloop van Oost-Vlaanderen
8th Schaal Sels
9th Overall Three Days of Bruges–De Panne
1st Stage 3
10th De Brabantse Pijl
1979
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Aragon
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
2nd Grand Prix de Momignies
3rd De Kustpijl
3rd GP Victor Standaert
1980
1st Halle–Ingooigem
2nd De Kustpijl
2nd Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
4th Nokere Koerse
10th Belgian National Road Race Championships
1981
3rd De Kustpijl
7th Nokere Koerse
1982
3rd De Kustpijl

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
  Vuelta a España Did not contest during his career
  Giro d'Italia 71
  Tour de France 99 DNF
Legend
DSQ Disqualified
DNF Did not finish


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Frans Van Looy Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Former T-Mobile sports director Frans Van Looy dies, aged 69". www.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Frans Van Looy, oud-renner en ploegleider, is overleden". De Standaard. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Frans Van Looy". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Frans Van Looy". FirstCycling. Retrieved 31 July 2020.

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