Historic Overview Fons de Wolf

Rider

Overall Rank196
NameFons DE WOLF
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth22-Jun-1956 - Willebroek (Antwerpen)
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Biography

Alfons ("Fons") De Wolf (born 22 June 1956 in Willebroek) is a retired Belgian road race cyclist, a professional from 1979 to 1990. He represented his country at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

He was forecast, with Daniel Willems, to be the successor to Eddy Merckx. De Wolf seemed to fulfill that promise by winning the 1980 Giro di Lombardia and the 1981 Milan–San Remo, the last and first classic of the season. He almost won the 1982 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, beaten by Italian Silvano Contini in the final sprint.

After winning a stage in the 1984 Tour de France, his career faded. He helped his teammate Eddy Planckaert win the green jersey in the 1988 Tour de France. He ended his career in 1990.

He now helps his wife in her funeral parlour in Dworp, in the south of Brussels.

Although he won the Omloop Het Volk two times, De Wolf was an atypical Flemish cyclist, preferring Italian races such as Milan–San Remo to Paris–Roubaix, Gent–Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders. He was at ease in hilly races, though he was not an impressive climber.

He complained that he was seen as a 'new Eddy Merckx', that the public had expected too much.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Giro di Lombardia 1980
Omloop Het Volk 1982, 1983
Milano - Sanremo 1981
Giro della Toscane 1983
Tour de France - stages 1984 (1)
Vuelta a España - stages 1979 (5), 1985 (1)
Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta del Sol - stages 1984 (1)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1984 (1)

Seasons

Fons de Wolf - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1978 IJsboerke 7 504
2. 1979 Lano - Boule d'Or 1637 18
3. 1980 Boule d'Or - Studio Casa 2008 11
4. 1981 Vermeer - Thijs 3122 2
5. 1982 Vermeer 1484 17
6. 1983 Bianchi 861 51
7. 1984 Europ Decor - Boule d'Or 441 112
8. 1985 Fagor 311 171
9. 1986 Skala - Skil 428 122
10. 1987 AD Renting 71 437
11. 1988 AD Renting 495 116
12. 1989 ADR - W-Cup - Bottecchia - Coors Light 57 488
13. 1990 Tulip 5 790
Overall: 10927 196