|Date of Birth||February 3, 1920|
|Place of Birth||Borgerhout, Belgium|
|Date of Death||October 1, 1956 (aged 36)|
|Cause of Death||Racing accident|
Belgian professional road cyclist Stan Ockers was born in Borgerhout on February 3, 1920. With his great climbing and sprinting ability, Ockers was renowned for his all-around skills. He was one of the best cyclists of the 1950s, winning several of the Tour of Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and Paris-Roubaix, among other notable competitions.
Ockers started riding professionally in the late 1940s, and he rapidly became one of the best. In addition to winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Paris-Roubaix the following year, he won the Tour of Flanders in 1955. Ockers excelled in stage races as well, placing third in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
Regrettably, a racing accident in the 1956 Antwerp-Ghent race ended Ockers’ life and career. He ran into a bus, suffered injuries, and passed on a few days later.
The best achievements of Stan Ockers:
|1950||Belgian National Road Race Championship Winner|
|1952||Tour de Suisse Winner|
|1953||Giro dell’Emilia Winner|
|1954||Vuelta a España Points Classification Winner|
|1955||Tour of Flanders Winner|
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