Constant ("Stan") Ockers (3 February 1920 in Borgerhout – 1 October 1956 in Antwerp) was a Belgian professional racing cyclist.

Stan Ockers
Stan Ockers (1951).jpg
Stan Ockers (1951)
Personal information
Full nameConstant Ockers
Born(1920-02-03)3 February 1920
Belgium
Died1 October 1956(1956-10-01) (aged 36)
Team information
Discipline
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Professional teams
1941Individual
1942Helyett–Hutchinson
1943–1945Métropole
1946Metropole–Dunlop
1947Groene Leeuw
1947–1949Mondia and Garin–Wolber
1950Metropole–Dunlop and Terrot–Wolber
1951Girardengo and Terrot–Wolber
1952–1954Peugeot–Dunlop and Girardengo–Clement
1955–1956Elvé–Peugeot
1956Girardengo–Icep
Major wins
Tour de France green jersey (1955, 1956)
World Road Championship (1955)
La Flèche Wallonne (1953, 1955)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1955)
Medal record
Representing  Belgium
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1955 Frascati Professional road race
Bronze medal – third place 1953 Lugano Professional road race

He was runner-up in the Tour de France in 1950 and 1952, and the best sprinter in that race in 1955 and 1956. In 1955 he won the Classic "Ardennes double" by winning La Flèche Wallonne and the Liège–Bastogne–Liège in the same year. At this time the races were run on successive days as "Le Weekend Ardennais". He also won the World Cycling Championship that year.

Stan Ockers died after crashing during a track race in Antwerp in 1956. A year later a monument was built in Les Forges, Sprimont, in the south of Belgium.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1941
1st Scheldeprijs
1943
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1944
4th Overall Omloop van België
1946
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Heist-op-den-Berg
1st Bruxelles–Saint-Trond
5th Gent–Wevelgem
1947
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
4th La Flèche Wallonne
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1948
1st   Overall Tour of Belgium
2nd Omloop der Vlaamse Ardennen
1949
7th Overall Tour de France
1950
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 4
2nd Critérium des As
7th Road race, UCI World Road Championships
8th Overall Challenge Desgrange-Colombo
1951
5th Overall Tour de France
6th Bordeaux–Paris
1952
2nd Overall Tour de France
2nd Overall Roma–Napoli–Roma
1st Stage 4a
2nd Overall Vuelta a Argentina
1st Stage 3
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
3rd Overall Challenge Desgrange-Colombo
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
10th Road race, UCI World Road Championships
1953
1st La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Overall Roma–Napoli–Roma
1st Stage 4
2nd Critérium des As
3rd   Road race, UCI World Road Championships
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Challenge Desgrange-Colombo
4th Giro di Lombardia
4th Bordeaux–Paris
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
1954
1st Schaal Sels
2nd Paris–Roubaix
5th Bordeaux–Paris
6th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 11
6th Milan–San Remo
1955
1st   Road race, UCI World Road Championships
1st Overall Challenge Desgrange-Colombo
1st Overall Weekend Ardennais
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Trophée Gentil
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Driedaagse van Antwerpen
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
2nd Grand Prix Martini
2nd De Drie Zustersteden
2nd Bruxelles–Couvin
3rd Critérium des As
5th Paris–Brussels
8th Overall Tour de France
1st   Points classification
9th Paris–Tours
1956
1st   Overall Roma–Napoli–Roma
1st Stages 1b, 3b, 4b, 5a & 5b
2nd Tour of Flanders
2nd Bordeaux–Paris
2nd Grand Prix Martini
3rd Overall Challenge Desgrange-Colombo
4th Road race, UCI World Road Championships
4th La Flèche Wallonne
6th Gent–Wevelgem
8th Overall Tour de France
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 19
9th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stages 5 & 9
10th Milan–San Remo

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956
  Giro d'Italia 6 6
  Tour de France 11 7 2 5 2 6 8 8
  Vuelta a España
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Awards and honoursEdit

  • Trophée Edmond Gentil: 1955
  • Memorial monument in Sprimont, Liège (la Côte des Forges): 1957
  • Introduced in the UCI Hall of Fame: 2002
  • Memoire du Cyclisme - Ranking of the Greatest Cyclists (44th place): 2002[1]
  • Commemorative plaque in Borgerhout, Antwerp: 2006[2]
  • CyclingRanking - Overall all time ranking (43th place): 2022[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Les meilleurs coureurs de tous les temps (1892-2002)".
  2. ^ "Wielerlegende Stan Ockers krijgt gedenkplaat in Borgerhout" (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad.
  3. ^ "Historic Overview Stan Ockers". Cycling Ranking.

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