Gilbert Desmet

Gilbert Desmet (born 2 February 1931 in Roeselare), nicknamed Smetje van Lichtervelde, is a Belgian former 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 courses, 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
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Personal information
Full nameGilbert Desmet
NicknameSmetje van Lichtervelde
Born (1931-02-02) 2 February 1931 (age 89)
Belgium
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Professional teams
1952–1955Groene Leeuw
1956Bertin–d'Allessandro
1957–1959Faema–Guerra
1959–1962Carpano
1963–1965Wiel's–Groene Leeuw
1966–1967Roméo–Smith's
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 very similar name.

Major resultsEdit

1951
2nd Kattekoers
1954
1st GP Stad Zottegem
8th Omloop Het Volk
1956
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
1957
1st Omloop van het Houtland
2nd Overall Driedaagse van Antwerpen
6th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1958
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
1959
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
1960
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
1961
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
1962
1st De Kustpijl
4th Overall Tour de France
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 5
1963
Tour de France
Held   after Stages 6–16
6th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
7th Grand Prix des Nations
9th Milan–San Remo
1964
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
1965
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
1966
2nd Omloop van het Houtland
1967
8th Overall Paris–Nice

ReferencesEdit

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

NotesEdit

  • 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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