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Dutch director Peter Post dies in Amsterdam

Former Dutch rider and team manager Peter Post has died at the age of 77 after a long illness, Dutch Public television reported on Friday.

Peter Post
Peter Post. Photo: Graham Watson

Former Dutch rider and team manager Peter Post has died at the age of 77 after a long illness, Dutch Public television reported on Friday.

Post, winner of the 1964 edition of Paris-Roubaix, raced as a professional from 1956 to 1972 and gained his greatest fame on the track, amassing a record of 65 on the Six-Day circuit.

Post had been hospitalized for weeks prior to his death in Amsterdam on Friday.

While a great success on the track, Post was a formidable classics rider. His 1964 win at Paris-Roubaix still stands as representing the fastest average speed in that race, with Post covering the day’s 265km distance at a speed of 45.13kph.

Following his retirement in 1972, Post moved on to become one of his era’s most successful directors, heading up the TI-Raleigh (later Panasonic-Raleigh) teams from 1974 to 1992. He then moved to the Novemail-Histor squad, which he directed until his retirement in 1994.

In addition to Zoetemelk, Post directed a number of stars including Hennie Kuiper, Gerrie Knetemann, Jan Raas, Eric Vanderaerden, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Maurizio Fondriest, Olaf Ludwig and Phil Anderson.

Post briefly returned to the sport in 2005, briefly serving in an advisory role to the Dutch Rabobank team.