Historic Overview Felicien Vervaecke

Rider

Overall Rank252
NameFelicien VERVAECKE
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth11-Mar-1907 - Dadizele (West Vlaanderen)
Date of death31-Oct-1986 - Brussel (Brussel)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Félicien Vervaecke (Dadizele, 11 March 1907 – Brussels, 31 October 1986) was a Belgian professional cyclist from 1930 to 1939. In the Tour de France he showed good results, finishing three times on the podium (second once, third twice). In 1935 and 1937 he won the mountain classification, and overall he won six stages. In the 1936 Tour de France, Vervaecke was on his way to the second place, but bad luck prevented it. First his bicycle broke, and he had to convince a spectator to lend his. Then he suffered a flat tire, and Tour officials forced him to wait for the reserve car. Antonin Magne passed him. When Vervaecke got his tire, he raced back to Magne, and finished 18 seconds behind him. But he still finished third, as he received 10 minutes penalty because his wife had given him drinks during the race, which was not allowed. In the 1937 Tour de France, Vervaecke won the mountain classification despite not finishing the race, something no longer allowed.

He was the first Belgian cyclist to win a stage in the Giro d'Italia.

After his cycling career, Vervaecke started a bicycle shop in Brussels. He was the first manager of Eddy Merckx.

His older brother Julien Vervaecke was also successful, finishing third in the 1927 Tour de France.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Giro d'Italia - stages 1934 (1)
Tour de France - stages 1936 (1), 1937 (1), 1938 (4)
Paris - Nice - stages 1935 (1), 1936 (1), 1937 (1)
Tour de l'Ouest - stages 1932 (1)
Derby du Nord - stages 1935 (1)

Seasons

Felicien Vervaecke - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1929 Alcyon - Dunlop 112 167
2. 1930 Alcyon - Dunlop 0 724
3. 1931 Alcyon - Dunlop 215 111
4. 1932 Labor 625 48
5. 1933 Labor 113 172
6. 1934 Labor 1961 5
7. 1935 Labor 1578 14
8. 1936 Labor - Dunlop 1763 7
9. 1937 Labor - Dunlop 819 49
10. 1938 Labor 2105 4
11. 1939 Labor - Dunlop 601 68
12. 1942 Individual 0 506
Overall: 9892 252