Herman Van Springel

Herman Van Springel (born 14 August 1943) is a Belgian former road racing cyclist, from Grobbendonk, in the Flemish Campine or Kempen region. He wore the Maillot Jaune during four stages of the 1968 Tour de France and for three stages in 1973.

Herman Van Springel
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Van Springel in 2013
Personal information
Full nameHerman Van Springel
Born (1943-08-14) 14 August 1943 (age 77)
Belgium
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter, Time Trial
Professional teams
1965Dr Mann
1966–1970Mann-Grundig
1971–1972Molteni
1973Rokado
1974MIC-Ludo-De Gribaldy
1975–1976Flandria-Velda
1977IJsboerke-Colnago
1978–1979Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1980–1981Safir-Ludo
Major wins
Tour de France green jersey (1973)
Tour de France, 5 career stage wins
Gent-Wevelgem (1966)
Giro di Lombardia (1968)
Bordeaux-Paris (1970, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981)
Medal record
Representing  Belgium
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1968 Imola Elite Men's Road Race

He was an accomplished time-trial rider, almost winning the Tour de France in 1968. He was beaten in the last stage by Dutch rider Jan Janssen in a time-trial. This still remains as one of the closest races in Tour de France history. In the autumn that year, he won the classic Giro di Lombardia.

In 1971 he finished on the podium in 2nd place at the Giro d'Italia.

He won a record seven editions of the marathon Bordeaux–Paris. He also won the Green Jersey in the 1973 Tour de France without winning a single stage. He finished in 6th place overall that year, the third time in his career he would finish in the top 10 of the Tour de France. He would finish in the top 10 one final time during the 1974 edition.[1] He would win a total of five stages during his ten participations in the Tour.

He kept on cycling through the seventies and ended his impressive career at the end of the 1981 season.

Flemish TV-maker and presenter, Marc Uytterhoeven, motivated by the 1968 Tour, founded a Herman Van Springel fan club.[2]

Major resultsEdit

Tour de France
1966, 6th overall,
1967, 24th overall, 1 stage win
1968, 2nd overall, 1 stage win
1969, 18th overall, 2 stage wins
1971, 14th overall, 1 stage win
1973, 6th overall, Points classification
1974, 10th overall
1975, 31st overall
Giro d'Italia
1971, 2nd overall
One-day events, classics and semi-classics

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Herman Van Springel Overview". Pro Cycling Stats. 24 November 2020. Check |archive-url= value (help)
  2. ^ citation needed - if the link to Uytterhoeven is the right person then this could use a citation for clarification as Uytterhoeven was born in 1957 and therefore a child in 1968. He could have started this fan club as a child, but he likely wouldn't have been a TV-Maker/presenter at the time.

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