We like to get the old greats of our sports involved in our production process and to get their advise.
We are very proud to have a couple of the greatest cycling class acts as endorsers: Fons De Wolf, Felice Gimondi, Freddy Maertens and Roger De Vlaeminck.
Felice Gimondi, nicknamed ‘The Phoenix’, is one of the very few riders who managed to win all 3 grand tours. In his 1st pro year he won the Tour de France, unfortunately for him he had to face the cannibale, Eddy Merckx, during nearly whole his career.
Eddy Merckx considers Gimondi as his hardest contender.
Felice rode only for 3 teams during his 14year lasting career:
1973-1977 Bianchi Campagnolo
1978-1979 Bianchi Faema
He won the Tour de France 1 time: 1965
He won the Giro 3 times: 1967, 1969, 1976
And he won the Vuelta once: 1968
He became world champion in 1973 beating Merckx and Maertens in a legendary sprint, and he became 2 times italian champion.
In the classics too, he used to perform very well, winning 2 times Giro di Lombardia and once Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.
Freddy Maertens, nicknamed ‘Fast Freddy’ is considered by many as the greatest sprinter ever. His eventful career and life has been a hurdle to an even greater career. But his popularity amongst the cycling fans remains unchanged.
During his career Freddy rode for several teams (we didn’t take into account the less succesfull years):
1979 Flandria-Ça Va Seul
1980 San Giacomo
1981-1982 Boule d’Or
Freddy won 3 times the green jersey in the Tour de France: 1976, 1978, 1981
Freddy won 1 vuelta: 1977
Freddy also won 2 times the world championships (1976, 1981) and once the belgian championships: 1976
Roger De Vlaeminck
Roger De Vlaeminck nicknamed ‘The Gypsy’ is one of the greatest classic specialists ever. He didn’t like the Tour de France so much, riding for an italian team, he preferred the Giro. His biggest regret is that he never managed to become world champion while being the best classic rider.
Roger rode for 7 teams during his career:
1980 Boule d’Or-Colnago
1981–1982 DAF Trucks
He won 3 times the ciclamen jersey in the Giro: 1972, 1974, 1975.
He also became 2 times belgian champion: 1969, 1981.
But his real field of excellence were the classics, he won 4 times Paris-Roubaix, 3 times Milan-San Remo, 2 times the Giro di Lombardia and once Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Tour of Flanders.
Fons De Wolf
After the glorious 70ies years, Belgium is awaiting a new cycling hero.
The Belgian cycling fans were convinced to have found a new crown prince, with the talented and gracious Fons De Wolf.
After a stunning start of his carreer with wins in Lombardia and San Remo, this legacy appeared too heavy to bear for the fragile Fons.
1979-1980 Lano Boule d’or
1983 Bianchi Piaggio
1984 Europ Decor – Boule d’or
1986 Skala Skil
Fons won 1 Giro Di Lombardia, 1 Milan San Remo, 2 times Omloop Het Volk, 6 stages in the Vuelta and 1 stage in Tour de France.