Eddy Planckaert was a professional racing driver from 1980 to 1991 and in that time one of the best road racers in Belgium. As a youth and junior he was three times Belgian road champion. Both in 1978 and 1979, he won at the Flèche Wallonne, 1983 at Brabant Arrow as well as in 1984 at the Tour of Belgium. Twice, in 1984 and 1985 he won the Omloop Het Volk. He also won multiple stages at the Tour de France, the Giro d' Italia, the Vuelta a España and the Tour de Suisse.
In 1988, Planck Aerts successful year when he was able to win both the green jersey as the top point of the Tour de France and winning the Tour of Flanders. In his last year as a pro, he won the classic Paris -Roubaix and thus two of the monuments of cycling.
Eddy Planckaert comes from a cycling family. His brothers Willy and Walter were racing as well as his nephew Jo and his son Francesco. He has four children and lives with his family in a house in the Ardennes.
Personal and professional
After his cycling career Planckaert was professionally active in many areas. First, he took over a sawmill in Lithuania, and later he went to Poland. After his return to Belgium beamed Belgian television since 1997, the docu-soap " De Planck Aerts ", which ran until 2009. 2007 Jo Planckaert Directeur Sportif Belgian teams Jartazi. He operates a trading floor and rents also at his home in Lesterny apartments.
Since 2008, the "Challenge Eddy Planckaert " will be held for juniors in Belgium, organized Planckaert himself and his family.
Literature and Film
- Jeroen Denaeghel: De Planck Aerts. Kroniek van een wieler dynasty, 2008
- De planck aerts, DVD