40 years after his victory in the Tour of Flanders, Michel Pollentier opens a renewed cycle route named after him | Diksmuide

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DiksmuideToday the Tour of Flanders is ridden. Michel Pollentier won it in 1980. Day by day 40 years later, Diksmuide honors him with a renewed bicycle loop on the already existing Michel Pollentier route that starts in Keiem.




Pollentier himself describes the victory in the Tour of Flanders as his most beautiful. “If the Flemish win that match is the best thing there is”, Michel still beams. “I can still picture that day like that. There were three of us on the Muur van Geraardsbergen. After an attack on the Bosberg there were still two of us, but I deliberately let the third come closer. A strategic move that has given me the victory. Today I follow the Tour from my seat, that has nothing to do with corona. I’d rather see a match like that on television. I’m betting on a victory for Associate. ”

Child-friendly route

Four years ago, Diksmuide proposed the Michel Pollentier cycle route of 62 kilometers. It starts in Keiem and meanders through Diksmuide, Veurne, Koksijde, Nieuwpoort, Middelkerke and Koekelare. It was a present for Pollentier’s 65th birthday. Today Diksmuide has another surprise in store for the former cyclist because he won the Tour of Flanders exactly 40 years ago. The shortened loop is 33 kilometers and is tailored to families or those who prefer a shorter route. It is an ideal time for grandparents to tell their children about Michel Pollentier’s cycling achievements while riding. In 1977 he won the Tour of Italy, followed by the title of ‘Belgian sportsman of the year’. Two years in a row he managed to conquer the Belgian title. Another highlight was wearing the polka dot jersey for five days during the Tour de France in the late 1970s. The shorter course of the Michel Pollentier route has been drawn on Diksmuid’s territory. At the meeting center De Kring there is a new information board with both routes. You can scan the QR code and so you have the process within reach.

Michel Pollentier won it in 1980. Day by day 40 years later, Diksmuide honors him with a renewed bicycle loop on the already existing Michel Pollentier route that starts in Keiem. © GUS

Rik Decoster (left) mapped out the route.  Michel Pollentier is very grateful for that appreciation
Rik Decoster (left) mapped out the route. Michel Pollentier is very grateful for that appreciation © GUS





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