Marc Demeyer (19 April 1950 – 20 January 1982) was a professional road racing cyclist from AvelgemBelgium.  Demeyer turned professional in 1972 for the Flandria team managed by Briek Schotte. He signed the contract while resting it on a car beside the start of Dwars door België, which he then won. Shortly afterwards he won the Grand Prix d’Isbergues. Demeyer was one of the so-called “Three Musketeers”, riding with and for Freddy Maertens and Michel Pollentier He led out sprints for Maertens in particular but could win them for himself, including stages of the Tour de France. He rode the Tour six times, finishing 72nd in 1973, 41st in 1974, 42nd in 1975, 56th in 1976, 49th in 1978 and 57th in 1979. He won the intermediate sprints competition, known then as Points Chaud (‘hot spot sprints’) in the Tours of 1973 and 1975. He won two stages: the 19th in 1978 from Lausanne to Belfort, and the 14th in 1979 from Belfort to Evian-les-Bains. In 1974 he won Paris–Brussels and two years later Paris–Roubaix. Marc Demeyer was born on April 19, 1950. He died on January 20, 1982. The Belgian rider won one of the five monuments of cycling He stood on the podium of the same event another time as well Demeyer was also 3rd in the 1974 Paris-Roubaix Classic behind Roger De Vlaeminck of Belgium and Francesco Moser of Italy.

I personally didn’t meet Marc due to his early dead (heart attack) but he was a big name in the West Flanders, and in his memory  “Vrienden of Marc Demeyer” organise each year an interclub for international juniors called ” Omloop Der 3 Provincies” in Avelgem-Outrijve (his place of birth) and one of the hardest tests for Juniors with 6 of the Tour de Flanders hills in the circuit. There is also a Irish connection as Sean Kelly started his pro carreer in Belgium (1976)with Marc’s Flandria-Velda team in the early seventies. Here the  teams of Marc during his 10 year pro career:

1972 – Flandria-Beaulieu
1973 – Flandria-Carpenter
1974 – Flandria-Carpenter
1975 – Flandria-Carpenter
1976 – Flandria-Velda
1977 – Flandria-Velda
1978 – Flandria-Velda
1979 – Flandria-Velda
1980 – IJsboerke-Warncke
1981 – Capri Sonne
1982 – Splendor-Wickes
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