Lucien Van Impe

Lucien Van Impe ( born October 20, 1946 in Erpe -Mere ) is a former Belgian racing cyclist and winner of the Tour de France 1976.

Van Impe began his professional career in 1969 and achieved outstanding success especially in the Tour de France, which he played 15 times and was able to finish every time. In addition to his victory in 1976, he was represented three times on the podium. Six times he won the mountain classification. On his third mountain stage victory in 1975, he was the first driver who was awarded the Dotted jersey. He also won a total of nine stages. 1982 and 1983, Van Impe also won the mountain price of the Giro d'Italia, the " Maglia Verde ".

In contrast to stage races Van Impe was able to achieve a few successes in one-day races. His most significant victory was the Belgian road championship in 1983. His best finish in the classics was a sixth place at Liege -Bastogne- Liege 1979.

1987 Lucien Van Impe ended his career with a victory in as a criterion in his home town of Mere. During his time as a cyclist Van Impe was neither tested positive for doping nor did he ever gave the use of doping to.

In 2008, Van Impe was team manager of cycling team Willems Veranda.

Palmarčs (selection)

  • Tour de France 1976
  • 8 x Mountain Classification Tour de France ( 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983 )
  • 2 x Maglia Verde Giro d' Italia (1982, 1983)
  • Belgium Belgian road champion in 1983

Grand Tour rankings