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HISTORY: Gaston Rebry

On 29 January 1905 was Gaston Rebry born. He is the only rider to win Paris-Nice, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in one season. He did this in 1934.

Long before Roger de Vlaeminck was Rebry named as Monsieur Paris-Roubaix. He won the French classic three times and stood in total four times on the podium. In the Tour de France he won four stages and became fourth in the general classification in 1931. After he headed, together with Jef Demuysere, the historical offensive against Antonin Magne on the cobblestones of the last stage but one of the Tour, between Charleville and Maloles-Bains. Rebry won the stage, but Magne won the Tour the day after.

On 3 July 1953 at the age of 48, he died in Wevelgem. His son, Gaston Rebry (1933-2007), was also a pro cyclist but after the death of his father, he quit and emigrated to Canada where he became a successful landscape painter.

In 2010 Gaston Rebry became an honorary citizen of his birth village Ledegem (Rollegem-Kapelle).

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HISTORY: Bruno Sivilotti

This week the peloton races the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. Argentina doesn’t have a rich history in pro-cycling. The most successful riders from the South American country are Juan Jose Haedo and Ariel Maximiliano Richeze but in the fifties and sixties, there was Bruno Sivilotti. Sivilotti was born on 26 August 1936 in Ragogna, Italy. Ragogna is a small village in the region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, but Sivilotti gets the Argentinan nationality.

Sivilotti starts his career in on the track in South America where he won the six days of Rio de Janeiro in 1956 with the Italian Severino Rigoni. In January 1957 they also won the six days of Sao Paulo and in July 1957 he won the six days of Buenos Aires with Hector Acosta.

A few years later he goes to Europa to ride for several Italian teams. He won a couple of stages in smaller Spanish tours and he won the first part of the first stage in La Vuelta a Espana 1966. A 110-kilometer long stage around Murcia. In the same Vuelta he ended third in stage 6. In that year he gets his only road race win outside of Spain, on June 20 he won Erembodegem – Terjoden in Belgium.

He ended his career in 1969 and neutralized to Italian. On 27 January 1982 at the age of 45, he died in Madrid, Spain.