Historic Overview Herman van Springel
Herman Van Springel (born 14 August 1943) is a Belgian former road racing cyclist, from Grobbendonk, in the Flemish Campine or Kempen region. He wore the Maillot Jaune during four stages of the 1968 Tour de France and for three stages in 1973.
He was an accomplished time-trial rider, almost winning the Tour de France in 1968. He was beaten in the last stage by Dutch rider Jan Janssen in a time-trial. This still remains as one of the closest races in Tour de France history. In the autumn that year, he won the classic Giro di Lombardia.
In 1971 he finished on the podium in 2nd place at the Giro d'Italia.
He won a record seven editions of the marathon Bordeaux–Paris. He also won the Green Jersey in the 1973 Tour de France without winning a single stage. He finished in 6th place overall that year, the third time in his career he would finish in the top 10 of the Tour de France. He would finish in the top 10 one final time during the 1974 edition. He would win a total of five stages during his ten participations in the Tour.
He kept on cycling through the seventies and ended his impressive career at the end of the 1981 season.
Flemish TV-maker and presenter, Marc Uytterhoeven, motivated by the 1968 Tour, founded a Herman Van Springel fan club.
|1970, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981|
|1967 (1), 1968 (1), 1969 (2), 1971 (1)|
|1968 (1), 1969 (3), 1973 (1)|