Raymond Impanis died Friday

Former Classics specialist Raymond Impanis died on Friday at Vilvoorde. He was aged 85  and had recently been suffering from cancer.

In 1954 he won both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. He was also twice the winner of  Gent-Wevelgem and he won the Flèche Wallonne in 1957. He was sixteen times at the start of Paris-Roubaix, a record he shares with the Dutchman Servais Knaven. He placed in the top ten nine times.

Impanis twice finished in the top ten of the Tour de France and once in the top ten of the Giro. He twice won Paris-Nice. He failed to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege but he was second four times (in ’47, ’48, ’54 and ’55). 

Between 1982 and 1993 the Grand Prix Raymond Impanis was held in his hometown of Berg (Kampenhout) in the province of Vlaams-Brabantse. Just a few months ago it was agreed that the race would be held again in 2011 for Elite riders without a contract.

Cycling Career:

Alcyon-Dunlop (1947-1951), Garin-Wolber (52), Garin (53), Mercier-Hutchinson (54), Peugeot-Elbe (1955-1956), Peugeot-Elbe-Marvan (1957-1958), Elbe- Peugeot (59), Faema (60-62), Peugeot-BP (63) 

Key victories:
Tour of Flanders (54)
Paris-Roubaix (54)
Gent-Wevelgem (52, 53)
Paris-Nice (54, 60)
Flèche Wallonne (57)
GP Stan Ockers (57)

Grand Tours:
Tour de France: 6th (1947), 8th (1950) and 10th (1948), three stage wins
Tour of Italy: 7th (1957)
Tour of Spain: 3rd (1956)


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