Famous Belgian Cyclists

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Eddy Merckx
(Belgian Former Professional Road and Track Bicycle Racer)
Eddy Merckx
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Birthdate: June 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium

Eddy Merckx is a Belgian former road and track bicycle racer. Widely regarded as the most successful rider in competitive cycling history, Merckx achieved several important victories, such as 11 Grand Tours, three World Championships, and all five Monuments. He is also considered the greatest cyclist of all time. After retiring, he coached his national cycling team for 11 years.

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Bradley Wiggins
(Track cyclist, Sport cyclist)
Bradley Wiggins
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Birthdate: April 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ghent

British road and track cyclist Bradley Wiggins scripted history by becoming the first British racer to win the Tour de France, in 2012. Though born to Australian track cyclist Gary Wiggins, he was initially a fan of football but turned to cycling after watching the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.  

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Philippe Gilbert
(Belgian Cyclist & the Winner of the 2012 World Road Race Championship)
Philippe Gilbert
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Birthdate: July 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Verviers, Wallonia, Belgium

A 3-time Olympian, Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert is best known for winning the 2012 World Road Race Championships. He is also one of only 2 cyclists who have won 3 Ardennes classics. After representing teams such as the BMC Racing Team and Quick-Step Floors, he switched to Lotto–Soudal.

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Remco Evenepoel
(Belgian Olympian Cyclist Who Represents the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team)
Remco Evenepoel
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Birthdate: January 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aalst, Belgium

The son of retired Belgian cyclist Patrick Evenepoel, Remco Evenepoel too is a skilled cyclist in his own right and an Olympian. While he began his sports career as a footballer with Anderlecht, he later switched to cycling. He now represents the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team.

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Greg Van Avermaet
(Belgian Cyclist Who Is an Olympic Gold Medalist)
Greg Van Avermaet
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Birthdate: May 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lokeren, Belgium

Belgian cyclist Greg Van Avermaet was born into a family of cyclists, with both his father and grandfather being cyclists. The Olympic gold medalist has represented Predictor–Lotto and the BMC Racing Team, before switching to the French cycling team AG2R Citroën Team. He specializes in classic cycle races.

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Tom Boonen
(Former Belgian Road Bicycle Racer)
Tom Boonen
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Birthdate: October 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mol, Belgium
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Roger De Vlaeminck
(Former Belgian Professional Racing Cyclist)
Roger De Vlaeminck
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Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eeklo, Belgium
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Bjorg Lambrecht
(Belgian Cyclist Who Died in an Accident during the 2019 'Tour de Pologne')
Bjorg Lambrecht
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Birthdate: April 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Died: August 5, 2019

Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht was not just a national junior champion but also made it to the 2018 Vuelta a España starlist. The Lotto–Soudal member was just 22 when he died of internal hemorrhage after crashing into a concrete culvert during the 3rd stage of the 2019 Tour de Pologne.

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Johan Museeuw
(Retired Belgian Cyclist Known as 'The Lion of Flanders')
Johan Museeuw
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Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Varsenare, Belgium

Retired Belgian cyclist Johan Museeuw, also known as The Lion of Flanders, was regarded as a master of classic races. Apart from being an Olympian, he was also a 3-time winner of both the Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix. He also recorded multiple Tour de France wins.

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Frank Vandenbroucke
(Belgian Road Racing Cyclist)
Frank Vandenbroucke
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Birthdate: November 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mouscron, Belgium
Died: October 12, 2009
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Johan Bruyneel
(Retired Belgian Racer Who Was Banned for Life for His Role in a Doping Scandal)
Johan Bruyneel
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Birthdate: August 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Izegem, Belgium

Retired Belgian racer Johan Bruyneel, who also managed the teams RadioShack–Nissan and U.S. Postal Service, has 2 major Tour de France wins, apart from a win at the Vuelta a España. He was later dragged into a doping scandal and was subsequently banned for life by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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Rik Van Looy
(Former Belgian Professional Cyclist)
Rik Van Looy
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Birthdate: December 20, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grobbendonk, Belgium
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Freddy Maertens
(Retired Belgian Cycling Legend Who Was a 2-Time World Road Race Champion)
Freddy Maertens
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Birthdate: February 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belgium

Retired Belgian cyclist Freddy Maertens enjoyed success in phases. While he initially won numerous junior races and went on to become a Belgian and world champion, he was later plagued by debt and alcoholism. However, he bounced back later with a Tour de France green jersey and a World Championship win.

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Wouter Weylandt
(Belgian Professional Cyclist)
Wouter Weylandt
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Birthdate: September 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Died: May 9, 2011
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Thomas De Gendt
(Belgian Road Racing Cyclist)
Thomas De Gendt
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Birthdate: November 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
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Wout van Aert
(Belgian Cycle Racer & an Olympic Silver Medalist)
Wout van Aert
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Birthdate: September 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Herentals, Flanders, Belgium

Belgian bicycle racer Wout van Aert, who specializes in road bicycling and cyclo-cross racing, is an Olympic silver medalist and the 2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup series title winner. He has also recorded multiple Tour de France stage wins. He is the nephew of retired Dutch cyclist Jos van Aert.

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Femke Van den Driessche
(Former Belgian Professional Road Racing Cyclist and Mountainbiker)
Femke Van den Driessche
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Birthdate: August 27, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Asse, Belgium
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Axel Merckx
(Retired Belgian Cyclist and an Olympic Bronze Medalist)
Axel Merckx
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Birthdate: August 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium

Retired Belgian cyclist Axel Merckx, the son of legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx, first gained attention after his 2000 Belgian National Road Race Championship win. He also won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He now heads the Hagens Berman Axeon team as its directeur sportif.

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Tim Wellens
(Belgian Road Racing Cyclist)
Tim Wellens
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Birthdate: May 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sint-Truiden, Belgium
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Sven Nys
(Former Belgian Professional Cyclist)
Sven Nys
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Birthdate: June 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bonheiden, Belgium
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Toon Aerts
(Belgian Cyclist Who Won the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup Twice)
Toon Aerts
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Birthdate: October 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malle, Belgium

Belgian cyclist Toon Aerts won the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup twice. A specialist in cyclo-cross and road cycling, he represented the UCI Continental team Baloise Trek Lions. He was dragged into a doping scandal after he tested positive for the substance Letrozole in January 2022.

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Victor Campenaerts
(Belgian Professional Racing Cyclist)
Victor Campenaerts
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Birthdate: October 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wilrijk, Flanders, Belgium
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Rik Van Steenbergen
(Belgian Professional Racing Cyclist )
Rik Van Steenbergen
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Birthdate: September 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belgium
Died: May 15, 2003
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Eli Iserbyt
(Belgian Cyclist Who Is an U-23 World and European Champion)
Eli Iserbyt
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Birthdate: October 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belgium

Belgian cyclist Eli Iserbyt has been a 2016 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championship U-23 level gold medalist. He has also won U-23 events at the 2018 World Championships and the 2017 UEC European Cyclo-Cross Championships. A specialist in cyclo-cross and road cycling, he plays for Pauwels Sauzen–Bingoal.

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Tara Gins
(Belgian Professional Racing Cyclist )
Tara Gins
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Birthdate: December 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belgium
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Lucien Van Impe
(Retired Belgian Cyclist & a Legendary 'Tour de France' Winner)
Lucien Van Impe
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Birthdate: October 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mere, Belgium

Retired Belgian cyclist Lucien Van Impe specialized as a climber and won multiple Tour de France titles, including 6 mountains classification prizes. He has also been successful in Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España. Post-retirement, he has managed several professional cycling teams and now heads the UCI World Team Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux.

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Erik De Vlaeminck
(Belgian Professional Cyclist Who Became Cyclo-Cross World-Champion Seven Times)
Erik De Vlaeminck
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Birthdate: March 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eeklo
Died: December 4, 2015
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Andrei Tchmil
(Cyclist Who Has Competed for the Soviet Union, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belgium)
Andrei Tchmil
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Birthdate: January 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Khabarovsk, Russia

Born in the Soviet Union, cyclist Andrei Tchmil has moved across countries since childhood, living in cycling in the Soviet Union, Moldova. Ukraine, and, eventually, Belgium. He also competed for Ukraine at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. His wins include the Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.

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Claude Criquielion
(Belgian Road Bicycle Racer )
Claude Criquielion
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Birthdate: January 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lessines, Belgium
Died: February 18, 2015
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Jolien Verschueren
(Belgian Cyclo-Cross Cyclist )
Jolien Verschueren
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Birthdate: May 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kortrijk, Belgium
Died: July 2, 2021
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Herman Van Springel
(Belgian Cyclist Who Won the 'Bordeaux–Paris' Race 7 Times)
Herman Van Springel
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Birthdate: August 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belgium

Belgian cyclist Herman Van Springel scripted history as a 7-time winner of the Bordeaux–Paris marathon race and thus gained the nickname Monsieur Bordeaux-Paris. He lost the 1968 Tour de France by a 38-second margin but won the green jersey without any stage wins at the 1973 Tour de France.

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Walter Godefroot
(Retired Belgian Cyclist Who Was a Classic Cycle Racing Specialist)
Walter Godefroot
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Birthdate: July 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium

Retired Belgian cyclist Walter Godefroot, who was a master of classic cycle races, was not just a national champion but had also won the Tour of Flanders and Bordeaux–Paris twice. He also recorded several Tour de France achievements. The Bulldog of Flanders later managed teams such as Astana.

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Stan Ockers
(Belgian Professional Racing Cyclist)
Stan Ockers
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Birthdate: February 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belgium
Died: October 1, 1956
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Raymond Impanis
(Belgian Cyclist Who Specialized in Classic Races)
Raymond Impanis
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Birthdate: October 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kampenhout, Belgium
Died: December 31, 2010

Belgian cyclist Raymond Impanis recorded some major wins during his career, including the Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. A Tour de France stage winner, he hailed from a family of bakers in the town of Berg and was thus nicknamed Bakkertje van Berg. He competed for teams such as Alcyon-Dunlop.