Freddy Maertens

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Freddy Maertens

Belgian former professional racing cyclist who was twice world road race champion add

Category: Cycling

Born in 1952.

Countries: Belgium (38%), France (21%), Netherlands (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Roger De Vlaeminck, Tom Simpson, Vuelta a Espana

Linked to: Alcoholics Anonymous, Campagnolo, Shimano

 

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Freddy Maertens was born in 1952 add something


1966

Maertens rode his first race at Westhoek when he was 14, in 1966 add something


1967

Maertens continued to ride unlicensed races in 1967 add something

 

Naessens, now dead, was Tom Simpson's soigneur when he died in the Tour de France of 1967 add something


1968

In 1968 he took his first licence from the BWB, riding in the "nieuweling" or beginners' class add something


1970

Maertens estimated his earnings throughout his career as 10-15 million French francs, which was a lot of money in the 1970s add something


1973

Relations between the riders and their fans reached their depth on 2 September 1973 in the world road championship around the Montjuich climb near Barcelona add something

 

They married in November 1973 and rented a house in Lombardsijde add something


1974

He was first found positive after Professor Michel Debackere perfected a test in 1974 for pemoline, a drug in the amphetamine family that riders believed to be undetectable add something

 

Maertens alleges that a laxative was put in his drink during the world championship in Montreal in 1974 add something


1976

He won the 'maillot vert in 1976 and again in 1978 and 1981 add something

 

His time-trial record includes winning the Grand Prix des Nations in 1976 add something

 

In 1976 he won eight stages of the Tour de France add something

 

Maertens started favourite for the 1976 world championship, held at Ostuni, in Italy add something

 

Maertens won the season-long Super Prestige Pernod International in 1976 and 1977 add something

 

Francesco Moser - Moser was silver medallist in 1976, behind Freddy Maertens of Belgium, and again he finished second in 1978 to Gerrie Knetemann of the Netherlands


1977

He was disqualified from second place in the 1977 Ronde after changing his bike on the Koppenberg climb add something

 

He was disqualified in the Flèche Wallonne of 1977 and found guilty the same year in the Tour de France, the Tour of Belgium and the Ronde van Vlaanderen add something

 

Maertens won the 1977 Vuelta a España by winning 13 stages, half the total add something

 

The 1977 race is shown as won by Roger De Vlaeminck add something


1978

He received only half his salary in 1978 and none of the cash to be paid without its being registered in the accounts add something


1979

He was never paid in 1979, his last season with Flandria, which had failed add something

 

He and a medical advisers flew from Amsterdam to New York on 25 May 1979 in a DC-10 add something


1981

In one of the most surprising comebacks in cycling history, Maertens won the 1981 World Championship, which was held in Prague add something

 

It made his victory in the 1981 world championship in Prague the more remarkable add something

 

Maertens took the bottle because he trusted Naessens, with whom he worked from 1981 to 1983 add something


1982

He did not defend his title in the 1982 world championship at Goodwood, saying he had injured his knee on a gate add something


1986

He had a positive finding for cortisone in 1986 add something


2000

In 2000 he became curator of the Belgian national cycling museum in Roeselare add something

 

Rik Van Steenbergen - The funeral was in the "Sint Pauluskerk" of Westmalle, attended by about 2000 people, including Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy, Roger De Vlaeminck, Walter Godefroot, Johan De Muynck, Lucien Van Impe, Freddy Maertens and Briek Schotte


2007

It ended in 2007 when the two met in a hotel in France add something


2012

Maertens, Carine, in introduction to Van Walleghem, Rik; Zwart-Wit 2012 Gilbert Maertens and Silonne Verhaege add something

 

Van Walleghem, Rik; Zwart-Wit 2012 Maertens' career swung between winning more than 50 races in a season to winning almost none and back again add something


2017

In 2017, after health problems, he retired add something