Gilbert Desmet

Gilbert Desmet (born 2 February 1931 in Roeselare), nicknamed Smetje van Lichtervelde, is a former Belgian cyclist who was professional from 1952 to 1967. In the 1956 Tour de France, he wore the yellow jersey for 2 days, and in the 1963 Tour de France he wore it for 9 days. Desmet won 101 professional races, including Paris–Tours, La Flèche Wallonne and Four Days of Dunkirk. His best result in the Tour de France was his 4th place in 1962. He finished second in the 1959 Paris–Roubaix.[1]

Gilbert Desmet
Gilbert Desmet poserend met gele trui (cropped).jpg
Desmet in 2019
Personal information
Full nameGilbert Desmet
NicknameSmetje van Lichtervelde
Born (1931-02-02) 2 February 1931 (age 90)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional teams
1952–1955Groene Leeuw
1963–1965Wiel's–Groene Leeuw
Major wins
Paris–Tours (1958)
La Flèche Wallone (1964)
Four Days of Dunkirk (1964)
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne (1958)

Throughout his career, he was often confused with Gilbert De Smet, another Belgian cyclist with a similar name.

Major resultsEdit

2nd Kattekoers
1st GP Stad Zottegem
8th Omloop Het Volk
Tour de France
Held   after Stages 3–4a
1st Overall Drielandentrofee
1st Stage 1
1st Omloop van Oost-Vlaanderen
2nd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
2nd Vijfbergenomloop
1st Omloop van het Houtland
2nd Overall Driedaagse van Antwerpen
6th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st Paris–Tours
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st Omloop van het Houtland
1st Stage 7 Vuelta a España
2nd Grand Prix Jules Lowie
3rd GP Lugano
1st Vijfbergenomloop
2nd Paris–Roubaix
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana
5th La Flèche Wallonne
8th Gent–Wevelgem
8th Overall Giro di Sardegna
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Overall Menton–Genoa–Rome
1st Stage 1
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st Grand Prix Jules Lowie
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice
2nd GP Lugano
4th Tour of Flanders
5th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
7th Paris–Roubaix
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
1st Stage 1 Giro di Sardegna
2nd Paris–Tours
2nd Paris–Brussels
2nd Grand Prix des Nations
3rd Trofeo Matteotti
7th Gent–Wevelgem
10th Paris–Roubaix
1st De Kustpijl
4th Overall Tour de France
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 5
Tour de France
Held   after Stages 6–16
6th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
7th Grand Prix des Nations
9th Milan–San Remo
1st   Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Stage 2 Tour de Luxembourg
3rd Overall Tour of Belgium
5th Paris–Brussels
6th Brabantse Pijl
8th Overall Tour de France
9th Tour of Flanders
9th Paris–Roubaix
1st Omloop van het Houtland
1st Stage 2b Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Overall Tour of Belgium
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
9th La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Omloop van het Houtland
8th Overall Paris–Nice


  1. ^ "57th Paris – Roubaix, 1959". bikeraceinfo. Retrieved 14 May 2015.


  • Cornillië, Patrick (1994). Lichtervelde op twee wielen (in Dutch). De Beer.
  • Cornillië, Patrick (2004). Gilbert Desmet – Smetje van Lichtervelde (in Dutch). De Eecloonaar. ISBN 90-74128-99-8

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