Historic Overview Walter Godefroot

Rider

Overall Rank39
NameWalter GODEFROOT
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth02-Jul-1943 - Gent (Oost Vlaanderen)
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Walter Godefroot - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1965 Wiel's 303 144
2. 1966 Wiel's 949 37
3. 1967 Flandria 1782 10
4. 1968 Flandria 2968 5
5. 1969 Flandria 1445 16
6. 1970 Salvarani 2750 4
7. 1971 Peugeot 1482 16
8. 1972 Peugeot 712 73
9. 1973 Flandria 1903 12
10. 1974 Flandria 1091 36
11. 1975 Flandria 1143 28
12. 1976 IJsboerke 1215 32
13. 1977 IJsboerke 1078 31
14. 1978 IJsboerke 834 41
15. 1979 IJsboerke 500 89
Overall: 20155 39

Biography

Walter Godefroot (born 2 July 1943) is a retired Belgian professional road bicycle racer and former directeur sportif of Team Telekom, later known as T-Mobile Team, professional team. He won a bronze medal in the individual road race at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Godefroot was a specialist in one-day classic cycle races, winning three Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1967), Paris–Roubaix (1969), and the Tour of Flanders (1968, 1978). Besides winning the green jersey at the 1970 Tour de France, Godefroot was the first to win the final stage on the Champs-Élysées stage in the Tour de France.

Godefroot was disqualified three times for doping. On 25 May 2007 Bjarne Riis, winner of the 1996 Tour de France and member of Team Telekom of which Godefroot was coach, admitted using EPO. Riis claims Godefroot turned a blind eye to drug use on the team.

Godefroot stepped down as team manager before the 2006 season. Olaf Ludwig became manager. After the exclusion of Astana–Würth from the 2006 Tour de France, Godefroot returned to the peloton when he became manager of Astana.

In his racing days he was called 'The Bulldog of Flanders'.

source - Wikipedia