Most Iconic and Most Successful Cycling Team of All Time

Leon Vandaele

Born: 24th February 1933, Ruddervoorde, Belgium
Died: 30th April 2000, Oostkamp, Belgium
Number of professional victories: 89
Flandria 1959 - 1962

 

 

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Leon Vandaele, a talented sprinter, was partly responsible for the creation of the Flandria team. Riding in Rik Van Looy’s Faema-Guerra team in 1958, he perhaps unwisely out-sprinted his own team leader to win that year’s Paris-Roubaix. As a consequence, he found himself without a team at the end of that season. Following a chance meeting between Vandaele and Aimé Claeys, the Flandria bicycle company owner, Claeys agreed to form a team around Vandaele for the 1959 season.

Vandaele gave Flandria its first Classics victory, winning Gent-Wevelgem in the team’s debut season.

 

 

 

 

 

Major placings whilst riding for Flandria:

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1959 Flandria - Dr.Mann
1st Gent-Wevelgem
1st Stage 3 - Paris-Nice
1st Stage 1 - Tour of Luxembourg
3rd Milan-San Remo

 

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1961 Flandria - Wiel’s
1st Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
1st Stage 2 - Tour of Luxembourg

 

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