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23rd World Championship Road Race 1956


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian













Belgian Dominance

Copenhagen (village of Ballerup), Denmark hosted the 1956 World Championship Road Race.  The race was contested by the world’s best cyclists over 285 km on a challenging circuit. 

The Belgian national team would not be denied.  Fred De Bruyne, who finished 5th, lead out the sprint for teammate Rik Van Steenbergen.  The Belgians had 4 of the top 5 places in the race.  Defending champion Stan Ockers (Bel) finished 4th.

WCRR August 26, 1956
285.12 Km [ Copenhagen-Ballerup, Denmark ]

1. Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel) 7h28’15”

2. Rik Van Looy (Bel)

3. Gerrit Schulte (Ned)

Starters: 71
Finishers: 27
Average Speed: 38.335 km/h




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