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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 very challenging circuit. 

The Belgian national team would not be denied. Fred De Bruyne, who finished 5th, led out the sprint for teammate Rik Van Steenbergen. In dominating fashion the Belgians finished in 4 of the top 5 places. 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

WCRR 1955

WCRR 1957

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