Johan Museeuw ( born October 13, 1965 in Varsenare, Belgium ) is a Belgian former professional cyclist. He was one of the most successful classic hunters of his generation, in 1996 he won the road bike World Championships in Lugano.
Museeuw in 1988 pro. He began his career as a sprint specialist and won the Tour de France 1990 two stages, including the final on the Avenue des Champs- Élysées.
In the following years, however, showed that he was strongest among the Flemish one-day races. His nickname " Lion of Flanders " he owed thus the one hand, his aggressive, combative driving, on the other hand his success at the legendary Tour of Flanders. The heavy one-day races on the Flemish hills he could three times (1993, 1995 and 1998) to decide for themselves. This Museeuw keeps the shared record.
The most famous classics ever, Paris -Roubaix, Museeuw was also able to win three times (1996, 2000, 2002 ) and reached a further three times the podium. 1998 Museeuw who fell through the cobblestone pavement Forest of Arenberg in the drive, the kneecap was broken and almost lost his left leg. Two years later at the same place At his victory Museeuw makes his most famous gesture: At the finish line, he showed signs of victory as his outstretched left leg and pointed to the now back intact knee.
Museeuw ended his career after the spring classics in 2004., The end of his career was more than overshadowed by a doping scandal. Because of telephone and SMS surveillance records which suggested that had received and used (including Aranesp and EPO) Museeuw and some other Belgian racing driver from the veterinarian Jose Landuyt banned substances, the now retired Museeuw in October 2004 by the Belgian cycling federation for two was locked years. In early 2007 he admitted officially to have resorted to doping to improve performance. In this confession he entered at the same time back from his position as PR Manager of Quick Step. In December 2008, a court in Kortrijk Museeuw and the other defendants was guilty. He was sentenced to an imprisonment of ten months ' probation and ordered to pay 15,000 euros.
- Road bike World Cup in 1996 in Lugano
- Paris -Roubaix in 1996, 2000, 2002
- Tour of Flanders 1993, 1995, 1998
- Championship of Zurich in 1991, 1995
- Amstel Gold Race 1994
- Paris -Tours 1993
- Outright Four Days of Dunkirk 1995, 1997
- HEW cyclassics 2002
- Omloop Het Volk 2000, 2003
- E3 Prize Flanders 1992 1998
In 2007, Museeuw founded with Fangio Reybrouck and Joris Van Raemdonck the company Museeuw Bikes. The special thing about the bikes is the material from an innovative blend of carbon and flax. The hallmark on all wheels is the " Lion of Flanders " on the top tube.
- Vélo d'Or 1996