Van Impe was also 3rd in the 1977 Tour de France behind Bernard Thevenet of France and Hennie Kuiper of Holland.
Van Impe won six Tour de France Mountains Jerseys, the second person to do this after Federico Bahamontes.
Van Impe won these in 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, and 1983.
Van Impe also won two Mountains Jerseys in the Giro díItalia, in 1982 and 1983.
Van Impe was a talented climber who competed against Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault at the height of the careers.
Van Impe's sole victory in the Tour de France came in 1976, sandwiched between the Merckx and Hinault peak years.
Van Impeís 1976 Tour victory was coached by ex-rider Cyrille Guimard.
On a decisive mountain stage, Van Impe was content to let the contenders fight it out then wait until the end of the stage to attack.