I was checking out Ray Impanis as I understand that he has the record for Paris-Roubaix finishes (sixteen). Since last Sunday he has been sharing the record with Servais Knaven. Both riders won the race on one occasion.
There is a race in honour of Impanis and between 1982 and 1994 it was contested by pros. As you can see it was mainly a Flemish/Dutch benefit but remarkably of the thirteen events three were won by Aussies which is a great strike rate when you consider that a Frenchman has never stood on the podium.
Impanis is now aged 84 and still riding his bike.
G.P. Raymond Impanis – Pros.
|1982||1. Willem Peeters||2. Guido Van Sweevelt||3. Aad Van Den Hoek (Nl)|
|1983||1. Ludo Peeters||2. Henri Manders (Nl)||3. Piet Versluys|
|1984||1. Ad Wijnants (Nl)||2. Teun Van Vliet (Nl)||3. Etienne De Wilde|
|1985||1. Jelle Nijdam (Nl)||2. Jef Lieckens||3. Dirk Demol|
|1986||1. Alan Peiper (Aus)||2. Willem Wijnant||3. Yves Godimus|
|1987||1. Paul Haghedooren||2. Ludo Giesberts||3. Geert Vandewalle|
|1988||1. Steph. Hodge (Aus)||2. Johan Museeuw||3. Stefan Räkers (Nl)|
|1989||1. Eric Vanderaerden||2. Etienne De Wilde||
3. Carlo Bomans
|1990||1. Wiebren Veenstra (Nl)||2. Uwe Raab (Dui)||3. Steve Bauer (Can)|
|1991||1. Wiebren Veenstra (Nl)||2. Johan Capiot||3. Michel Cornelisse (Nl)|
|1992||1. Louis Dekoning (Nl)||2. Herman Frison||3. Danny Van Looy|
|1993||1. Phil Anderson Aus||2. V. Ekimov (Rus)||3. Rob Harmeling (Nl)|
|1994||1. Carlo Bomans||2. Johan Museeuw||3. Adri Van der Poel (Nl)|