Albert Breurick dies

Tom Simpson memorial on Mont Ventoux

Albert Beurick, Tom Simpson’s biggest supporter, died last night in Gent at the age of 72 from a heart attack. He was the owner of the Cafe Den Engel where Simpson stayed when he first moved to Gent.

Mr Breurick never missed an opportunity to defend Simpson’s reputation and while he didn’t deny that he used drugs he claimed that their use was universal so there was a level playing field. This claim upset other riders of that generation, including Vin Denson, who insisted they had ridden  clean.

Mr Breurick will be cremated at Lochristi near Gent at noon on Friday.

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