Stan Ockers

Date of BirthFebruary 3, 1920
Place of BirthBorgerhout, Belgium
Date of DeathOctober 1, 1956 (aged 36)
Cause of DeathRacing 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:

1950Belgian National Road Race Championship Winner
1952Tour de Suisse Winner
1953Giro dell’Emilia Winner
1954Vuelta a España Points Classification Winner
1955Tour of Flanders Winner
1956Liège–Bastogne–Liège Winner
1956Paris–Roubaix Winner

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