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: 1969–1971 Flandria 1972 Dreher 1973–1977 Brooklyn 1978 Sanson 1979 GIS 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.