By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2004
Belgium’s former world road racing champion Alberic “Briek” Schotte died Sunday at the age of 84, only minutes after the start of Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, a race he’d won twice over the course of a 20-year pro career.
Schotte died shortly after 10:00 a.m. Sunday at a clinic in Courtrai after suffering from lung problems, according to his son Johan.
Born in September 1919 in Kanegem, in Flemish speaking Belgium, Schotte was a professional rider between 1940 and 1959.
He became world champion in the Dutch town of Valkenburg for the first time in 1948, and won the rainbow jersey again two years later in the Belgian town of Moorslede.
Schotte won the Tour of Flanders in 1942 and 1948, climbing on to the podium of his favourite race eight times between 1940 and 1952.