Lucien Van Impe

Born:October 20, 1946
Professional career:1969-1987
Teams:Mann-Grundig, Gitane, Fiat, Kwantum Hallen, Skala-Gazelle
Tour de France victories:1 (1976)
Tour de France podium finishes:4
Tour de France Mountains Jersey wins:6
Giro d’Italia Mountains Jersey wins:2

Lucien Van Impe was a Belgian professional cyclist recognized for his climbing powers. He was born on October 20, 1946, and began his professional career with Mann-Grundig in 1969. Before retiring in 1987, he raced for Gitane, Fiat, Kwantum Hallen, and Skala-Gazelle.

Climbing was Van Impe’s specialty, and he competed in the Tour de France 15 times, placing on the podium four times. In 1976, he defeated Joop Zoetemelk of Holland and Raymond Poulidor of France to win the Tour de France. He also finished second in 1981, after France’s Bernard Hinault, and third in 1971, 1975, and 1977.

Van Impe’s most notable accomplishment was winning the Tour de France’s Mountains Jersey six times, tying Federico Bahamontes’ record (at that time). At the Giro d’Italia, he also won the Mountains Jersey twice. During the peak of their careers, Van Impe competed against Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.

Van Impe was recognized in his personal life for his love of the outdoors and animals, particularly dogs. He lived in the countryside and spent his free time gardening and hiking.

Van Impe’s Greatest Achievements:

1971Tour de France Mountains Jersey
1972Tour de France Mountains Jersey
1975Tour de France Mountains Jersey
1976Tour de France victory
1977Tour de France Mountains Jersey
1981Tour de France Mountains Jersey
1983Tour de France Mountains Jersey

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