Rik Van Looy

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Henri "Rik" Van Looy (born 20 December 1933 in Grobbendonk) is a Belgian former professional cyclist of the post-war period, nicknamed the King of the Classics or Emperor of Herentals (after the small Belgian town where he lived). He was twice world professional road race champion, and was the first cyclist to win all five 'Monuments': the most prestigious one-day classics – a feat since achieved by just two others (both also Belgians: Roger De Vlaeminck and Eddy Merckx). With 379 road victories he's second to Merckx only. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rik Van Looy has received more than 75,879 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Rik Van Looy is the 11th most popular cyclist (up from 16th in 2019), the 185th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 161st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Belgian Cyclist.

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Among cyclists, Rik Van Looy ranks 11 out of 1,212Before him are Maurice Garin, Tom Simpson, Bernard Hinault, Raymond Poulidor, Miguel Induráin, and Lance Armstrong. After him are Federico Bahamontes, Henri Cornet, Charly Gaul, Felice Gimondi, Philippe Thys, and Hugo Koblet.

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Among people born in 1933, Rik Van Looy ranks 98Before him are Waichiro Omura, Larry King, Richard S. Castellano, Joan Rivers, Ko Un, and Tom Skerritt. After him are Bata Živojinović, Ilia II of Georgia, Yuri Oganessian, Juan Marsé, Donald E. Westlake, and The Singing Nun.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Rik Van Looy ranks 185 out of 899Before him are Abraham Brueghel (1631), Michel Preud'homme (1959), Jan Matsys (1509), André Franquin (1924), Bernard van Orley (1487), and Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759). After him are Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence (1338), Melchior Broederlam (1355), Theodor de Bry (1528), Charles Auguste de Bériot (1802), Pierre Alechinsky (1927), and Eric Walter Elst (1936).

Among CYCLISTS In Belgium

Among cyclists born in Belgium, Rik Van Looy ranks 2Before him are Eddy Merckx (1945). After him are Philippe Thys (1889), Roger De Vlaeminck (1947), Rik Van Steenbergen (1924), Firmin Lambot (1886), Lucien Van Impe (1946), Stan Ockers (1920), Patrick Sercu (1944), Odile Defraye (1888), Walter Godefroot (1943), and Lucien Buysse (1892).