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Historic Overview Roger Decock

Rider

Overall Rank583
NameRoger DECOCK
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth20-Apr-1927 - Izegem (West Vlaanderen)
Date of death31-May-2020 - Aarsele (West Vlaanderen)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Roger Decock

Roger Decock (20 April 1927 – 30 May 2020) was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer.

Decock won the Paris–Nice in 1951. During the 1951 Tour de France he was having the best Tour of his career and was 5th place overall when he became the only witness to one of the most infamous moments in cycling history. Wim Van Est was defending the Yellow Jersey descending a mountain when he lost control of his bike and went off a cliff. Decock was the only person to witness this and he stopped to get help for the fallen rider. It took several minutes to locate Van Est and over two hours to rescue him from 200 feet down the mountain. All total Decock waited 25 minutes until it was clear the situation was in hand, but the time he waited cost him his high place and he ultimately finished the Tour in 17th.

The following year he had the biggest victory of his career when he won the 1952 Tour of Flanders. As the finish line approached Decock, Loretto Petrucci and Briek Schotte, one of the best riders of his generation, were the three lead riders fighting for the win and he defeated them in the sprint. Wim Van Est finished 4th.

source - Wikipedia

Badges

5

Major Victories

Ronde van Vlaanderen 1952
Paris - Nice 1951
Scheldeprijs - Schoten 1954
Tour du Maroc - stages 1953 (1)
Ronde van Nederland - stages 1957 (1)
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Seasons

Roger Decock - Scores by Season

Year Team Score Rank
1. 1946 Mercier - M. Archambaud 0 1033
2. 1948 Arliguie - Hutchinson 27 703
3. 1949 Arliguie - Hutchinson 100 383
4. 1950 Alcyon - Dunlop 412 144
5. 1951 Bertin - Wolber 1498 10
6. 1952 Bertin - D'Alessandro 1292 19
7. 1953 Bertin - D'Alessandro 598 74
8. 1954 Bertin - D'Alessandro 1119 30
9. 1955 Girardengo - Eldorado 683 69
10. 1956 Faema - Guerra - Van Hauwaert 515 99
11. 1957 Faema - Guerra 436 120
12. 1958 Faema - Guerra - Clément 230 228
13. 1959 Flandria - Dr. Mann 134 306
14. 1960 Dr. Mann - Dossche Sport 109 373
15. 1961 Wiel's - Flandria 0 1142
16. 1962 Wiel's - Groene Leeuw 0 1348
Overall: 7153 583