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42nd Ronde van Vlaanderen 1958 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





Derycke Adds a 4th Monument

Young Belgian Rik Van Looy led a new generation of Flemish riders to the Tour of Flanders.

The intense rivalry between Van Looy and Fred De Bruyne played a huge part in the results of the race. While Van Looy and De Bruyne marked each other very closely a 10 rider breakaway formed and rode away.

Germain Derycke, De Bruyne’s Carpano teammate, attacked with 85 km to go and escaped. Quickly 1954 Flanders winner Raymond Impanis and Marcel Janssens joined Derycke in the breakaway. Late in the race the lead group was caught by 7 riders going into the closing circuits of Wetteren. Germain Derycke, the veteran classics rider, powered through the sprint and crossed the finish line a bike length in front of fellow Belgian Willy Truye.

SPECIAL NOTE: Germain Derycke achieved every Belgian's dream in 1958, a win in the Ronde! Derycke had victories in the 1953 Paris-Roubaix, 1955 Milan-San Remo, and 1957 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Ronde was his 4th victory in one of cycling's 5 Monuments.

Flanders March 30, 1958
230 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Germain DERYCKE (Bel) 6h07'00"

2. Willy Truye (Bel)

3. Angelo Conterno (Ita)

Starters: 153
Finishers: 61
Average Speed: 37.601 km/h

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