Herman Van Springel

Herman Van Springel

Van Springel in 2013
Personal information
Full name Herman Van Springel
Born (1943-08-14) 14 August 1943
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter, Time Trial
Professional team(s)
1965 Dr Mann
1966–1970 Mann-Grundig
1971–1972 Molteni
1973 Rokado
1974 MIC-Ludo-De Gribaldy
1975–1976 Flandria-Velda
1977 IJsboerke-Colnago
1978–1979 Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1980–1981 Safir-Ludo
Major wins
Tour de France green jersey (1973)
Tour de France, 5 career stage wins
Gent-Wevelgem (1966)
Giro di Lombardia (1968)
Bordeaux-Paris (1970, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981)

Herman Van Springel (born 14 August 1943) is a Belgian former road racing cyclist, from Grobbendonk, in the Flemish Campine or Kempen region.

He was an accomplished time-trial rider, almost winning the Tour de France in 1968, when he was beaten in the last stage by Dutchman, Jan Janssen in a time-trial. In the autumn that year, he won the classic Giro di Lombardia.

He won a record seven editions of the marathon Bordeaux–Paris. He also won the green jersey in the 1973 Tour de France without winning a single stage. However, he did win five stages during his ten participations in the Tour. He kept on cycling through the seventies and ended his long career at the end of 1981.

Flemish TV-maker and presenter, Marc Uytterhoeven, motivated by the 1968 Tour, founded a Herman Van Springel fan club.

Major results

Tour de France
1966, 6th overall,
1967, 24th overall, 1 stage win
1968, 2nd overall, 1 stage win
1969, 18th overall, 2 stage wins
1971, 14th overall, 1 stage win
1973, 6th overall, Points classification
1974, 10th overall
1975, 31st overall
Giro d'Italia
1971, 2nd overall
One-day events, classics and semi-classics
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