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Rik Van Linden

Rik Van Linden
Personal information
Full nameRik Van Linden
Born (1949-07-28) 28 July 1949 (age 74)
Wilrijk, Belgium
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeSprinter
Professional teams
1972Van Cauter–Magniflex–de Gribaldy
1980DAF Trucks–Lejeune
1981Boule d'Or
1983Batavus–Jos Meesters
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Points classification (1975)
4 individual stages (1972, 1975)
Giro d'Italia
9 individual stages (1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (1974)

One-day races and Classics

Paris–Tours (1971, 1973)

Stage races

Giro di Sardegna (1974)

Track Championships

National Track Championships
Derny (1978, 1979)

Rik Van Linden (born 28 July 1949 in Wilrijk, Antwerp) is a Belgian former road bicycle racer. He won the points classification in the 1975 Tour de France, ahead of Eddy Merckx.

Van Linden also won several stages in all of the three Grand Tours, and the classic cycle race Paris–Tours twice (1971, 1973).

Through his career, he eventually won 359 races, of which 73 as junior cyclist in 1968.

Major results


1st Road race, National Junior Road Championships
1st Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften
1st Paris–Tours
2nd Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
2nd Omloop der Zennevallei
3rd GP di Larciano
8th Trofeo Matteotti
9th Scheldeprijs
Tour de France
1st Stage 2
2nd Points Classification
1st Stage 5a Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd GP van Malderen
8th Paris–Tours
9th Amstel Gold Race
10th Brussel-Ingooigem
1st Paris–Tours
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 7 & 17
1st Stages 2, 3b (TTT), 5 & 5a
Tour of Belgium
1st Prologue (TTT)
Giro di Sardegna
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4b
1st Puivelde Koerse
2nd Grand Prix Pino Cerami
3rd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Prologue & Stages 1, 4 & 6
3rd Paris–Brussels
4th Milan–San Remo
10th E3 Harelbeke
1st Overall Giro di Sardegna
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 3 & 4
10th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Points Classification
1st Stage 7a
1st Omloop der Zuid-West-Vlaamse Bergen
2nd Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
2nd Omloop Schelde-Durme
3rd Omloop Het Volk
3rd Grand Prix Pino Cerami
3rd GP van Malderen
5th Scheldeprijs
6th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
7th Tour of Flanders
7th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
8th Paris–Tours
9th Road race, National Road Championships
Tour de France
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1b, 19 & 21
1st Milano–Vignola
1st Stage 5 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 3a Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1st GP Union Dortmund
2nd Grand Prix Pino Cerami
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Dwars door West-Vlaanderen
5th Tour of Flanders
7th Brabantse Pijl
1st Milano–Vignola
1st Giro di Campania
1st Stage 5a Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 Giro di Puglia
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 3 & 15
1st GP Berlare
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
6th Milan–San Remo
6th Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st Milano–Torino
1st Stage 2a Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Circuit de Niel
2nd Overall Giro di Sardegna
1st Stage 4
2nd Acht van Chaam
2nd Ronde van Limburg
2nd Maaslandse Pijl
4th Milan–San Remo
1st Milano–Vignola
1st Stage 5a Tirreno–Adriatico
10th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 1, 5 & 6
Giro di Puglia
1st Stage 3
5th Milan–San Remo
7th Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Grand Prix Pino Cerami
7th Overall Giro di Puglia
1st Stage 7a Paris–Nice
2nd Grand Prix de Cannes
3rd E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Ruddervoorde Koerse
2nd Omloop van Neeroeteren
10th Le Samyn
3rd Milano–Torino


3rd National Track Championships Juniors, Omnium
1st National Track Championships Amateurs, Omnium
2nd Six Days of Antwerp with (Patrick Sercu and Alain van Lancker)
3rd National Track Championships, Madison (with Norbert Seeuws)
2nd National Track Championships, Derny
3rd European Track Championships – Madison (with Julien Stevens)
2nd National Track Championships, Madison (with Julien Stevens)
2nd Six Days of Antwerp (with René Pijnen)
2nd National Track Championships, Madison (with Julien Stevens)
National Track Championships
2nd Madison (with Dirk Baert)
3rd Omnium
3rd Derny
2nd Six Days of Milan (with Felice Gimondi)
3rd Six Days of Antwerp (with Graeme Gilmore)
2nd National Track Championships, Derny
1st Six Days of Milan (with Felice Gimondi)
3rd Six Days of Antwerp (with René Pijnen)
National Track Championships
1st Derny
National Track Championships
1st Derny
2nd Six Days of Antwerp (with Patrick Sercu and Roger De Vlaeminck)

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