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Herman Vanspringel - 1968

Paris, 21 July 1968. The last Tour de France featuring national teams and the Belgian Herman Vanspringel for a long time seemed to be well on the way to donning the yellow jersey in Paris. A time trial specialist, Monsieur Bordeaux-Paris, as he was nicknamed, started on the last day with a lead of sixteen seconds over Jan Janssens. Vanspringel could not possibly lose but he did. The cyclist from the Campine region faltered in the final phase, while Janssens headed for victory. A 38-second gap with the leader was Vanspringel's final ranking. Vanspringel failed to offer Belgium another triumph in the Tour de France but he did put up a great fight, one that that will remain forever in the collective memory of cycling.

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Herman Vanspringel (°1943, Belgium)

number of Tour participations: 10
number of stage wins in the Tour de France: 5
number of days in a yellow jersey: 7