Legendary cyclist Driessens dies, aged 94
15 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Legendary Belgian cycling manager Lomme Driessens died overnight in Vilvoorde at the age of 94.
15 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Legendary Belgian cycling manager Lomme Driessens died overnight in Vilvoorde at the age of 94.
Driessens — himself an average cyclist — was primarily known as a coach.
He worked with great talents such as Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy and Freddy Maertens.
As coach, Driessens claimed seven world championships, 10 Belgian championships and seven Tour de France victories.
Driessens fell at home a month ago and was taken to the Jan Portael Hospital in Vilvoorde with a broken jawbone and other injuries.
Born on 4 May 1912 in Peutie, he had also been suffering for some time from a severe lung infection.
His funeral will be held on 22 June at 11am in the Vilvoorde Church. Driessens will then be buried in the Schiplaken cemetery.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news