Friday, January 22, 2016

Walter Godefroot

Walter Godefroot at the 1967 Liege-Batogne-Liege
 Walter Godefroot  (born July 2, 1943) is a retired Belgian professional road racer.  His professional racing career lasted for 15 years, beginning in 1965 and going through 1979. Godefroot is credited with 155 professional race victories. He won a bronze medal in the individual road race at the 1964 Summer Olympics, before turning professional.

Godefroot was a specialist in one-day classic cycle races. He won the 1967 Liege-Bastogne-Liege,  1969 Paris-Roubaix, and the Tour of Flanders (1968, 1978). 

 At the Tour de France he had a total of 10 stage wins and won the green jersey in 1970.

Walter won the Belgium National Road Race Championship in 1965 and then again in 1972.

Eddy Merckx said "Walter Godefroot is the only one of my adversaries who I never beat in a direct fight for victory."

After retiring as a rider, he became the director sportif of the T-Mobile professional team. At T-Mobile he guided Bjarne Riis and Jan Ulrich to back-to-back Tour de France victories. 

Walter Godefroot winning stage 9 of the 1971 Tour de France

Walter Godefroot winning in the 1974 Henninger Turn Classic

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