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Belgian Cycling Championship 2019: a tribute to Walter Godefroot

The Belgian Cycling Championship 2019 will take place in Ghent on Sunday June 30th, 2019. This edition is dedicated to Walter Godefroot, the Ghent citizen who, in both 1965 and 1972, succeeded in becoming the Belgian elite champion. He therefore became the face for the specially designed campaign image.

The championship will be launched at the Emile Braunplein in Ghent. From there, the riders will leave for the Flemish Ardennes, where some tough cobblestone strips will be braved. Subsequently, 7 laps are driven through Drongen, the Ghent village where Godefroot grew up. The local route is closed at the Watersportbaan at the Blaarmeersen in Ghent.


For Walter Godefroot, cycling has always been a key element in life. As a cyclist, he twice became Belgian champion and won ten stages in the Tour de France. Furthermore he accomplished victories in classics such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Ghent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix. That’s how he got his nickname, "The Flemish Bulldog." After his career as a professional cyclist, Godefroot remained active as a team leader for a while.


Our Ghent city is also called the cradle of Flemish cycling. The very first edition of the Tour of Flanders was launched in 1913 on the Korenmarkt. The spring classics Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Ghent-Wevelgem also have their origins in Ghent. Not to forget, the Six Days of Ghent, organized annually in velodrome ‘t Kuipke, ensure that Ghent can be called a true historic cycling city.


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