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Wout Wagtmans
WOUTER (WOUT) WAGTMANS (10 November 1929 – 15 August 1994) was a Dutch road bicycle racer . Together with Wim van Est he belonged to the generation that brought great popularity to cycling in the Netherlands
Netherlands
in the 1950s. In 1947, Wagtmans started as amateur, and two years later he became Dutch champion. In 1950 he was forced to be a professional cyclist, because he was said to take money after a victory. In his first day as a professional cyclist, he entered the Dutch professional championship, and only Gerrit Schulte could keep ahead of him. After that, he had a glorious career. He entered the Tour de France eight times, and wore the yellow jersey in 1954 , 1955 and 1956 . He won four stages: in 1953 in Gap he beat Gino Bartali in the final sprint, and ended fifth in the overall standings. Two years later he was the third Dutch winner in Bordeaux
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Bordeaux
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting : residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. BORDEAUX (French pronunciation: ​ ; Gascon Occitan : Bordèu) is a port city on the Garonne
Garonne
River in the Gironde
Gironde
department in southwestern France
France
. The municipality (commune ) of Bordeaux
Bordeaux
proper has a population of 243,626 (2012). Together with its suburbs and satellite towns , Bordeaux
Bordeaux
is the centre of the Bordeaux Métropole . With 749,595 inhabitants (as of 2013 ) and 1,178,335 in the metropolitan area, it is the sixth largest in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse and Lille
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Rucphen
RUCPHEN ( pronunciation (help ·info )) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands
Netherlands
between Roosendaal
Roosendaal
and Etten-Leur , south of the railway, but without a train-station. CONTENTS* 1 Population centres * 1.1 Topography * 2 References * 3 External links POPULATION CENTRES * Sint Willebrord ('t Heike) (population: 9,320) * Sprundel (5,090) * RUCPHEN (4,580) * Zegge (2,210) * Schijf (1,430)TOPOGRAPHYDutch Topographic map of the municipality of Rucphen, June 2015 REFERENCES * ^ "mr. Marjolein van der Meer Mohr" (in Dutch). Gemeente Rucphen. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. * ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" . CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS . 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. * ^ "Postcodetool for 4715RK". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis
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Giro D'Italia
The GIRO D\'ITALIA (Italian pronunciation: ; English: TOUR OF ITALY; aka the GIRO) is an annual multiple-stage bicycle race primarily held in Italy
Italy
, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. The first race was organized in 1909 to increase sales of the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport ; however it is currently run by RCS Sport . The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1909, except when it was stopped for the two world wars . As the Giro gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened, and the peloton expanded from primarily Italian participation to riders from all over the world. The Giro is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI ProTeams , with the exception of the teams that the organizers can invite
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Jan Janssen (cyclist)
GRAND TOURS TOUR DE FRANCE General classification (1968 ) Points classification (1964 , 1965 , 1967 ) 7 individual stages VUELTA A ESPAñA General classification (1967 ) Points classification (1967 , 1968 ) 3 individual stages STAGE RACES Paris–Nice (1964) Ronde van Nederland (1965) SINGLE-DAY RACES AND CLASSICS World Road Race Champion (1964) Bordeaux–Paris
Bordeaux–Paris
(1966) Paris–Roubaix
Paris–Roubaix
(1967) Züri-Metzgete (1962) Medal record REPRESENTING THE NETHERLANDS MEN\'S ROAD BICYCLE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 1964 Sallanches Elite Men's Road Race 1967 Heerlen Elite Men's Road RaceJOHANNES ADRIANUS "JAN" JANSSEN (pronounced ; born 19 May 1940) is a Dutch former professional cyclist (1962–1972)
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * Special (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials
The Specials
, a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked * "Special", a song on
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Biografisch Portaal
The BIOGRAFISCH PORTAAL (Biography Portal) is an initiative based at the Huygens Institute for Dutch History in The Hague , with the aim of making biographical texts of the Netherlands more accessible. The project was started in February 2010 with material for 40,000 digitized biographies, with the goal to grant digital access to all reliable information about (deceased) people of the Netherlands from the earliest beginnings of history up to modern times. The Netherlands as a geographic term includes former colonies, and the term "people" refers both to people born in the Netherlands and its former colonies, and also to people born elsewhere but active in the Netherlands and its former colonies. As of 2011 , only biographical information about deceased people is included
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Gap, Hautes-Alpes
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting : residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. GAP (French: ; Occitan : Gap) is a commune in southeastern France, the capital and largest town of the Hautes-Alpes department . At 750 m above sea level, it is France's highest prefecture (departmental capital). Together with other Alpine towns, Gap engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Gap was awarded Alpine Town of the Year in 2002. In 2013 Gap was named the sportiest city in France
France
by the national sports newspaper L\'Équipe
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Gino Bartali
GRAND TOURS TOUR DE FRANCE GENERAL CLASSIFICATION (1938 , 1948 ) Mountains classification (1938, 1948) 12 individual stages (1937–1950) GIRO D\\'ITALIA GENERAL CLASSIFICATION (1936 , 1937 , 1946 ) Mountains classification (1935 , 1936 , 1937 , 1939 , 1940 , 1946 , 1947 ) 17 individual stages (1935–1954) STAGE RACES Tour of the Basque Country (1935) Tour de Suisse (1946, 1947) Tour de Romandie
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Tour De France
Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Eddy Merckx (BEL) Bernard Hinault (FRA) Miguel Indurain (ESP) (5 wins each) MOST RECENT Chris Froome
Chris Froome
(GBR)The TOUR DE FRANCE (French pronunciation: ​ ) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France
France
, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Like the other Grand Tours (the Giro d\'Italia and the Vuelta a España ), it consists of 21 stages over a little more than 3 weeks. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase sales for the newspaper L\'Auto ; which is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation . The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except when it was stopped for the two World Wars . As the Tour gained prominence and popularity, the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around the globe
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Gerrit Schulte
GERRIT SCHULTE (7 January 1916 – 26 February 1992) was a Dutch professional track bicycle racer . Between 1940 and 1960 he won 19 six-day races out of 73 starts and was one of the dominant Six days racers of his time. Schulte was as well successful in track pursuit, becoming national champion ten times, European champion twice and world champion once, in 1948, when he beat Fausto Coppi
Fausto Coppi
in the final. He was also successful as a road race cyclists, becoming national champion three times and winning a stage in the 1938 Tour de France . Since 1955, the Gerrit Schulte
Gerrit Schulte
Trophy has been awarded by the national federation to the best professional rider in the Netherlands
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Yellow Jersey
Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Eddy Merckx (BEL) Bernard Hinault (FRA) Miguel Indurain (ESP) 5 wins MOST RECENT Chris Froome
Chris Froome
(GBR)The GENERAL CLASSIFICATION is the most important classification, the one by which the winner of the Tour de France
Tour de France
is determined. Since 1919 , the leader of the general classification wears the YELLOW JERSEY (French : maillot jaune pronounced ). CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Rules * 3 More than one rider leading the general classification * 4 No riders in yellow * 5 Scandal in yellow * 6 Record days in yellow * 7 The man who refused the yellow jersey * 8 "Elegance in yellow" * 9 Sponsorship * 10 References * 11 External links HISTORYThe winner of the first Tour de France
Tour de France
wore a green armband, not a yellow jersey
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Road Bicycle Racer
ROAD BICYCLE RACING is the cycle sport discipline of road cycling , held on paved roads . Road racing is the most popular professional form of bicycle racing, in terms of numbers of competitors, events and spectators. Races can typically be split into mass start events where riders start simultaneously (though sometimes with a handicap ), racing to set finish point, or individual and team time trials where riders or teams race a course individually against the clock. Professional racing has been most popular in Western Europe, centered historically on France, Spain, Italy and the Low Countries
Low Countries
. Since the mid-1980s the sport has diversified with professional races now held on all continents of the globe. Semi-professional and amateur races are also held in many countries. The sport is governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
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Netherlands
The NETHERLANDS (/ˈnɛðərləndz/ ( listen ); Dutch : Nederland ( listen )), also known informally as HOLLAND, is a country in Western Europe
Europe
with a population of seventeen million. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean ( Bonaire
Bonaire
, Sint Eustatius
Sint Eustatius
and Saba ), it forms the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Netherlands
. The European portion of the Netherlands
Netherlands
consists of twelve provinces and borders Germany
Germany
to the east, Belgium
Belgium
to the south, and the North Sea
North Sea
to the northwest, sharing maritime borders in the North Sea
North Sea
with Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Germany
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Sint Willebrord
SINT WILLEBRORD is a town in the municipality of Rucphen in the Netherlands
Netherlands
. It is also known by the name 'T HEIKE which was the semi-official name up until 1950/1970 (mostly written as THEIKE, or less often HEIKE), which is the diminutive form of hei (heath) in local dialect. This town was formed on the former boundary between the "Baronie of Breda
Breda
" and "Het Markizaat of Bergen op Zoom ". Sint Willebrord is the largest of the five towns in the municipality of Rucphen. During Carnaval the town goes by the name of HEIKNEUTERSLAND Basically meaning ´Hillbillies´ land´ or ´Redneck's land´. The name "Sint Willebrord" comes from Saint Willibrord . Sint is the usual form in Dutch names to represent saints . Cyclist Wim van Est and footballer Rini (Pallack) Konings were famous sports personalities from Sint Willebrord
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Wim Van Est
GRAND TOURS TOUR DE FRANCE 3 Individual Stages 1 Team Time Trial GIRO D\\'ITALIA 1 Individual Stage STAGE RACES Ronde van Nederland (1952, 1954) SINGLE-DAY RACES AND CLASSICS Dutch Road Race Champion ::(1956, 1957) Dutch Individual Pursuit Champion (1949, 1952, 1953, 1955) Tour of Flanders (1953) Bordeaux–Paris
Bordeaux–Paris
(1950, 1952, 1961) Medal record REPRESENTING NETHERLANDS MEN\'S TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 1949 Copenhagen Individual pursuit 1950 Rocourt Individual pursuit 1955 Milan Individual pursuit WILLEM "WIM" VAN EST (25 March 1923 – 1 May 2003) was a Dutch racing cyclist . He is best known for being the first Dutch cyclist to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France
Tour de France
of 1951, and for falling into a ravine while wearing it
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