Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Armand Desmet

Armand Desmet

Armand Desmet (1931 - 2012) was a Belgian who raced bicycles on the road professionally from 1955 through 1967. He was a member of the Faema team during the years 1961 and 1963 and rode in support of Rik Van Looy. The riders on the Faema team at this time were referred to as Rik Van Looy's "red guard", as the color of their jerseys was mostly red.

 His first major victory, as a professional, was the1959 Tour of Belgium.

 Armand Desmet was the race leader for several days during the 1960 edition of the Vuelta a Espana and finished the race that year in 2nd place in the general classification. 

His best placing in the general classification of the Tour de France was a 5th place in 1963.

Armand Desmet on the left  with Julio Jimenez on the right.
During the 9th stage of the 1965 Tour de France.

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