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  Rik Van Steenbergen    

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Rik Van Steenbergen was born on September 9, 1924. He died on May 15, 2003.

The Belgian rider was a consistent performer in both the Grand Tours and the one-day classics.

His achievements include three World Championship Road Race titles, two Paris-Roubaix Classic victories, and a host of wins in the one-day classics.

The Belgian rider was second in the 1951 Giro d’Italia behind Fiorenzo Magni of Italy.

Van Steenbergen also won the Points Jersey in the 1956 Vuelta a Espana.

Van Steenbergen won the 1949 World Championship Road Race in front of Ferdi Kubler of Switzerland and Fausto Coppi of Italy.

Van Steenbergen also won the 1956 World Championship Road Race in front of Rik Van Looy of Belgium and Gerrit Schulte of Holland.

In addition, Van Steenbergen won the 1957 World Championship Road Race in front of Louison Bobet of France and Andre Darrigade of France.


Van Steenbergen was also third in the 1946 World Championship Road Race behind Hans Knecht of Switzerland and Marcel Kint of Belgium.

Van Steenbergen won the 1948 Paris-Roubaix Classic in front of Emile Idee of France and Georges Claes of Belgium.

Van Steenbergen also won the 1952 Paris-Roubaix Classic in front of Fausto Coppi of Italy and Andre Mahe of France.


Picture courtesy of www.rondevanvlaanderen.be (Van Steenbergen on left, Van Looy on right)


Picture courtesy of www.rondevanvlaanderen.be (Van Steenbergen on right)
Van Steenbergen was second in the 1957 Paris-Roubaix Classic behind Fred De Bruyne of Belgium.

Van Steenbergen was also third in the 1951 Paris-Roubaix Classic behind Antonio Bevilacqua of Italy and Louison Bobet of France.

Van Steenbergen won the Milan-San Remo Classic in 1954.

He also won the Tour of Flanders Classic in 1944 and 1946.

In addition, he won the Fleche Wallone Classic in 1949 and 1958.


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