Historic Overview Henri van Lerberghe


Overall Rank2735
Date of birth29-Jan-1891 - Lichtervelde (West Vlaanderen)
Date of death10-Apr-1966 - Lichtervelde (West Vlaanderen)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking


Henri Van Lerberghe (sometimes Van Leerberghe) (Lichtervelde, 29 January 1891 – Lichtervelde, 10 April 1966) was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer. In 1919, he won the third edition of the Tour of Flanders.

Van Lerberghe was nicknamed "The deathrider from Lichtervelde" (Dutch: Den Doodrijder Van Lichtervelde), because at the start of most races he would tell his opponents he would ride them to death. Van Lerberghe attacked early in the race, which made him popular amongst cycling fans, but this cost him a lot of energy, and he rarely was able to compete in the end of the race.

In the 1913 Tour de France, Van Lerberghe started in the isolated cyclists' category, which meant that he was not part of a team, but rode as an individual. In the fifth stage, the individual cyclists left fifteen minutes later than the cyclists in teams, but because the cyclists in teams were slow, Van Lerberghe was able to reach them, and beat them to win the stage.

During the 1919 Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Van Lerberghe attacked with 120 km to go against the wind, and it looked like one of his chanceless efforts. He saw a helper with a bag of food for Marcel Buysse, and after he convinced the helper that Buysse was already out of the race, Van Lerberghe took the food. Later, he had to stop because a train had stopped at a crossing. Van Lerberghe did not wait for the train to leave, but entered the train with his bicycle and left at the other side. He reached the finish with a margin of 14 minutes, the largest margin in the history of the Tour of Flanders.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Ronde van Vlaanderen 1919
Tour de France - stages 1913 (1)


Henri van Lerberghe - Scores by Season

1. 1910 Individual 27 218
2. 1911 Individual 9 468
3. 1912 Individual 46 190
4. 1913 Individual 264 61
5. 1914 Liberator 260 70
6. 1919 Legnano - Pirelli 650 19
7. 1920 Individual 120 99
8. 1922 Individual 7 377
9. 1923 M. Buysse - Colonial 0 600
Overall: 1383 2735