Flandriens Roger De Vlaeminck - Winner 5 Monuments of Cycling
Hand painted metal cyclist
Made in Belgium
Roger De Vlaeminck (born 24 August 1947) is a Belgian former professional racing cyclist. He was described by Rik Van Looy as "The most talented and the only real classics rider of his generation". Nicknamed ‰ÛÏThe Gypsy‰ because he was born into a family of traveling clothiers, he is known for exploits in the cobbled classic Paris‰ÛÒRoubaix race, but his performances in other ‰ÛÏMonument‰ races gave him a record that few can match. His record in Paris‰ÛÒRoubaix earned him another nickname, ‰ÛÏMonsieur Paris‰ÛÒRoubaix‰ (English: ‰ÛÏMr. Paris‰ÛÒRoubaix‰ÛÏ).
De Vlaeminck is one of only three riders to have won all five 'Monuments of Cycling' (i.e., Milan‰ÛÒSan Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris‰ÛÒRoubaix, Li̬ge‰ÛÒBastogne‰ÛÒLi̬ge, and the Giro di Lombardia). The other two are fellow Belgians Rik van Looy and Eddy Merckx. The only major one-day race he did not win was the world road race championship, his best performance was second to Dutchman Hennie Kuiper in 1975. He rode three Tour de France, winning stage 6 in 1970 between Amiens and Valenciennes. He took the points jersey in the Giro d'Italia on three occasions as well as 22 stages overall including seven stages in 1975. He took a stage win in the Vuelta a Espa̱a in his final season in 1984. His career lasted 15 years (retiring in 1984) and he had 257 victories.