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Thursday, February 3, 2011

feb 3 - t.i.c.h.

My main man Constant (Stan) Ockers was born on this day in Borgerhout, Belgium in 1920.   Throwing down some impressive wins and finishes during his short career.  He took home the green sprinter jersey from the Tour de France in 1955&1956 and came in second in overall in 1950&1952.  He had a great year in '55 winning the Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and the World Championships.  Sadly, the next year would turn tragic for Ockers.  He crashed hard on the track in Antwerp and never recovered.  The boyhood hero of the great one himself, Mr. Merckx, left the peloton at just 36 years old.  In 1957 a monument was built to him along the course of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege.   Lang leve Constant Ockers!

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