Historic Overview Felicien Vervaecke

Rider

Overall Rank246
NameFelicien VERVAECKE
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth11-Mar-1907 - Dadizele (West Vlaanderen)
Date of death31-Oct-1986 - Brussel (Brussel)
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Felicien Vervaecke - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1929 Alcyon 112 151
2. 1930 Alcyon 0 669
3. 1931 Alcyon 212 102
4. 1932 Labor 615 48
5. 1933 Labor 109 169
6. 1934 Labor 1958 4
7. 1935 Labor 1531 13
8. 1936 Labor 1731 7
9. 1937 Labor 825 46
10. 1938 Labor 2045 4
11. 1939 Labor 594 65
12. 1942 Individual 0 496
Overall: 9732 246

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