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The Last of the Flandrians

Alberic Schotte at The Worlds. He took the title in 1948 and 1950.

Alberic Schotte at The Worlds. He took the title in 1948 and 1950.


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Sixty years on.

Coppi Worlds 53Somebody asked me if Dave Bedwell finished the 1953 Worlds so I turned up this result sheet. What struck me apart from the good men in the top ten was the distance and time. Compare with today’s race at Florence, 272km in 7hr 25min.  As the Lugano result is loaded with Gen. Class. men I must assume it was a tough course. Are you as surprised as me that today’s super heroes can’t go any faster than those old plodders on their 22lb bikes and wearing baggy wool jerseys.

World Championship 1953

30th August 1953
Location: Lugano Distance: 270km

1. Fausto Coppi (ITA)

2. Germain Derijcke (BEL) +6:22
3. Stan Ockers (BEL) +7:33
4. Michele Gismondi (ITA) +7:34
5. Nino Defilippis (ITA) +9:11
6. Charly Gaul (LUX) +9:12
7. Ferdi Kübler (SUI) +12:57
8. Louison Bobet (FRA)
9. Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)
10. Marcel Ernzer (LUX)
11. Martin van Geneugden (BEL) at

12. Pasquale Fornara (ITA)
13. Wout Wagtmans (NED) same

14. Ludwig Hörmann (GER) +14:38
15. Antonin Rolland (FRA) same time
16. Thijs Roks (NED) +14:44
17. André Darrigade (FRA) +19:39
18. Brik Schotte (BEL) same time
19. Andres Trobat (ESP) same time
20. Gerrit Voorting (NED) +19:47
21. Valentin Petry (GER) +27:13
22. Francisco Massip (ESP)
23. Bernardo Ruiz (ESP)
24. Jesus Loroño (ESP) at same time
25. Adolphe Deledda (FRA)
26. Vincenzo Rossello (ITA)
27. David Bedwell (GBR) +28:55
– 70 starters finishers 27

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Oscar, say it ain’t so.

Following the long awaited confession of Boogerd to ten years of doping at Rabobank the great Oscar Freire must be now in the frame.  If Oscar’s three rainbow jerseys are shown to be stained that will be the end for me as a fan. I was roadside for all three wins and his first win at Verona was perhaps the best moment of my time as a fan. As the group swung to the left and Oscar opened a gap on the right all the Italians walked out of the bar! By the time Oscar crossed the line we had the tele to ourselves!

I am still clinging to the hope that Oscar was so good at what he did best he didn’t need to dope. Popping up in Flanders in early March and in October for the Worlds with plenty of rest for his dodgy back during the remainder of the season maybe allowed him to win clean. Let’s hope so.

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Eddy Merckx



I took this photo at the 1966 Worlds on the Nurburgring.

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Omy it could be Oman

There are three candidates for organizing the World Road Championships in 2015: Oman, Quebec Canada and the U.S. city of Richmond. The UCI said last year that only applications from outside Europe were eligible for 2015. The decision will be taken in September.

Having been at Montreal in 1974 and Hamilton in 2003 I am hoping for a Canadian hat trick at Quebec.

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Bad news for Cav, Oscarito to focus on Worlds 2011

Three time World Champion Oscar Freire is to give the TDF a miss in 2011 so that he reaches the start line in Copenhagen in perfect form. Oscar believes that he can add a fourth rainbow jersey that will lift him clear of the other three time winners Binda, Van Steenbergen and Merckx.

There is more bad news for Cav as Freire plans to postpone his retirement so he can ride at the London Olympics in 2012. By 2012 Oscarito will be 36 and Cav will be stronger and hopefully just as fast so if it comes to a sprint it will be quite a battle.  Until today I thought the Olympic road race was a non event but if Oscar says it is special that is good enough for me. Bring it on.

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Bad news; Rebellin to return

Davide Rebellin, who had to hand back his silver medal from Beijing after returning a positive dope test says he will resume competition on April 27 of next year.

The Italian doper, who will by then be thirty nine,  told the Spanish journal Marca about the big races he will ride again and that he even dreams of riding the Worlds!   “I have two interesting offers from teams that want to give me that opportunity and in mid December I will make my choice.” Didn’t the doper take out Argentinian citizenship to try and get a ride in the Worlds when rejected by Franco Ballerini? Dream on Davide!

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