Jo de Roo
Jo de Roo was a professional cyclist from 1958 to 1968. In eleven seasons, he has won six victories in one-day classics, won three stages of the Tour de France and the Vuelta. Overall, he won 46 victories.
1957, de Roo his first success as an amateur, in the year he turned professional and rode for five years in the same team as Jacques Anquetil. In 1959, he won jointly with Jean Palmans the Six Days of Antwerp, in 1960 the Giro di Sardegna. 1962 was his most successful year in which he, the Giro di Lombardia and Paris - Bordeaux won Paris -Tours. After the race Paris -Tours him the yellow band ( " Ruban Jaune " ) was presented because he had surpassed the previously scored with classical highest average speed. In the same year he also received the Dutch " Gerrit Schulte Trophy " as the best Dutch road driver and won at the end of the season, the Super Prestige Pernod- score for the best rider of the year in classics and the most important stage race.
1963 de Roo repeated his success in the fall classic Paris -Tours and the Giro di Lombardia. 1964 and 1965 he was Dutch road champion and won Ronde van Vlaanderen in 1965 and the Omloop Het Volk. In his last two years of active service, he drove the same team ( Willem II - Gazelle ) as Peter Post and Rik Van Looy. In 1968 he resigned.