Lucien Van Impe


Lucien van Impe, (born 20 October 1946) is a Belgian cyclist, who raced between 1969 and 1987. He was mainly a climber in long races such as the Tour de France. He was the winner of the 1976 Tour de France. He won the polka dot jersey for best climber in the Tour de France six times.

Lucien Van Impe
Lucien van Impe, Acht van Chaam 1975 (cropped).jpg
Van Impe at the 1975 Acht van Chaam
Personal information
Full nameLucien Van Impe
Nicknamede kleine van Mere
Born (1946-10-20) 20 October 1946 (age 73)
Mere, Belgium
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeClimber
Professional team(s)
1982-1984Metauro Mobil
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
General classification
Mountains Classification
(1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983)
9 Individual Stages
Giro d'Italia
Mountains Classification
(1982, 1983)
1 Individual Stage
Vuelta a España
1 Individual Stage

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Champion (1983)


In 1968 van Impe was King of the Mountains in the Tour de l'Avenir. He says that Federico Bahamontes helped van Impe to get a contract with a cycling team. Bahamontes had previously won the Tour de France.

In 1969, Van Impe started his professional career with 12th place in the Tour de France.

In 1971, Van Impe won his first polka dot jersey. He would repeat that five more times, winning in 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, and 1983.[1] He shared the record for most wins in the polka dot jersey competition with Bahamontes. Richard Virenque broke this record when he won his seventh polka dot jersey in 2004.

He won the mountain classification in the Giro d'Italia twice.

He was not as good at one day races. It was a surprise that he won the national championship in 1983.

Van Impe started the Tour de France fifteen times. He reached the finish in Paris every time. Only Joop Zoetemelk finished more times.[2]

He is now head of a cycling team of professional riders, called Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Lucien Van Impe lives in Impe with his wife Rita. He has two grown up children, a son and a daughter. His house is called Alpe D'Huez. It is named after the French mountain where he took the yellow jersey of the Tour de France in 1976.

Van Impe has never tested positive for drugs, refused a doping test or confessed to doping.[3]

Most important successesEdit

1st Stage 8 Tour de l'Avenir
1st Overall Vuelta Ciclista a Navarra
1st Stage 6 Tour of Belgium
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st  Mountains classification
4th Overall 1972 Tour de France
1st  Mountains classification
1st Stage 12
5th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 12b
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 3 GP du Midi-Libre
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st  Mountains classification
1st Stage 14
1st Stage 18
1st Overall Tour de l'Aude
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 3
1st   Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 14
2nd Overall GP du Midi-Libre
1st Stage 4b
1st Stage 2b Tour de l'Aude
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st  Mountains classification
1st Stage 15b
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 6
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 7
1st Stage 8
5th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 15
1st Stage 16 Tour de France
1st Stage 7b Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st  Mountains classification
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Mountains classification
1st   National Road Race Champion
4th Overall Tour de France
1st  Mountains classification
1st Stage 19
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 11
1st Overall Vuelta a los Valles Mineros
1st Stage 1


  1. "Past results for Lucien VAN IMPE (BEL)".
  2. "Historical results - Tour de France". Cycling hall of fame.
  3. Randewijk, Marije (7 July 2007). "Ik zal toch niet de enige zijn?" (in Dutch). de Volkskrant.

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