Fedor den Hertog

Fedor Iwan den Hertog ( born April 20, 1946 in Utrecht, † 12 February, 2011 in Ermelo ) was a Dutch road bicycle racer and Olympic champion.

From the mid- 1960s to mid-1970s was Fedor den Hertog, called "Ivan the Terrible ", as one of the best amateur riders in the world. He was Olympic champion at the Games in Mexico City in the team time trial together with Jan Krekels, René Pijnen and Joop Zoetemelk 1968.

1968 and 1971 won the Hertog the Dutch title in the individual pursuit of amateurs on the web. In 1969 and 1971 he won the British Milk Race, the 1969 Tour of Belgium, Bulgaria, the 1970 Tour, 1972 Tour de l' Avenir and 1973, the Olympia's Tour. In 1969, he won the overall title of the Rheinland -Pfalz- tour, after he had decided all eight stages for itself. In 1972 he also won in the GDR tour.

In 1974, the Hertog pro, winning the Dutch Road Championship. Three times he competed in the Tour de France, in 1977, he won a stage, but had to retire later because of knee problems. In the same year he also won a stage of the Vuelta a España. He was able to continue his amateur success as a professional, however, never.

After his cycling career (1981 ) introduced the Hertog, who had a Ukrainian mother, a bike store in Belgium. 2009, a book about him was published. At the race Parel van de Veluwe the " Fedor den Hertog Trofee " is awarded for the aggressive rider since 1997.