The province of Liège owes its international renown above all to its primary asset, the people of Liège.
Thanks to their feats and their energy, they continue to make our province shine abroad and are the pride of the entire region. The field of cycling is in no way an exception.
Originally from Montegnée, Auguste BAUMANS, born 26 October 1902 finished unclassified in the 1928 Tour de France.
Boon 10 January 1888, André BLAISE, a citizen of Soumagne, finished 8th in the final general classification during his second participation in the 1910 Tour de France. He previously withdrew from his first Tour in 1909. In 1911, he again had to withdraw in the third stage. In 1912 and 1914, he would withdraw twice in the fourth stage.
Joseph BORGUET was born in Saive (Blegny) on 16 April 1951. During his only two participations in the Tour de France, he finished 43rd in 1979. In the same edition, he came 2nd in the 12th stage. In 1980, he finished 52nd in the final general classification.
Born in Liège on 6 May 1977, Christophe BRANDT joined the Tour de France in 2002, wearing the Lotto-Adecco team colours, coming in at a respectable 35th place. In 2003 and 2005, he would finish in 52nd and 56th place respectively. In 2006, he ranked 40th in Paris. In 2004 and 2008, he withdrew from the 7th and 19th stages respectively.
Born on 12 July 1930, Jean BRANKART, a citizen of Momalle, turned pro on 26 April 1953. A year later, he took part in the Tour de France for the first time, finishing 9th in the final general classification. He posted his best result in 1955. In fact, winning two stage victories (18th in Pau and 21st at the Tours time trial), he finished on the second podium step just behind Louison Bobet. To this day, he still holds the best result from the people of Liège in the Tour de France. In 1956 and 1959, he would finish in 39th and 10th place respectively. 1958 and 1960 were less notable as he was forced to withdraw.
Jean Breuer was born in Magnée on 14 December 1919. The first time he took part in the Tour de France, in 1947, he finished 45th in the general classification. Unfortunately, two years later, he was forced to withdraw during the 4th stage of the 1949 Tour de France.
The solid Joseph BRUYERE appeared in 1970, a luxury team-mate for a certain Eddy Merckx. Born on 5 October 1948 in Maastricht, Joseph Bruyère later moved to Saint-Remy, near Blegny. It was in the Faemino team colours, led by Eddy Merckx, that he first took part in the Tour de France in 1970. In 1971, now in the Molteni team colours but still alongside Eddy, he finished 60th on the Tour. In 1972, he achieved the amazing feat of finishing 26th in general and took 19th place in the Auxerre-Versailles stage. In 1974, Bruyère wore the yellow jersey for 3 days and finished 21st in the final. In 1977, he changed team and raced in the FIAT colours but withdrew in the 22nd stage. In 1978, when Eddy Merckx called an end to his career, Joseph Bruyère became leader and wore the yellow jersey for 8 days. The same year, he logged a breath-taking time in the Puy-de-Dôme, ranked 3rd, 55 seconds behind Zoetemelk and 45 seconds ahead of Bernard Hinault. Joseph Bruyère rejoined Paris and finished 4th, behind Hinault.
André CASTERMAN, born in Milmort on 20 April 1899, withdrew in the 4th stage of the 1926 Tour de France.
Born in Magnée on 13 November 1888, Jacques COOMANS was at the start line of 7 editions of the Tour de France. A non-start in 1920 and forced to withdraw in 1913, 1921 and 1925, he nonetheless ranked in the top 10 twice. In 1912, he finished 5th and in 1919 took 6th place in the final general classification. In 1914, he finished the Tour in an honourable 19th place.
Hubert Deltour, born in Wandre on 23 March 1911, tried his luck on the Tour de France in 1937. He didn't take part in the 17th stage and wasn't ranked in the general classification.
Henri DEVROYE, from Jemeppe-sur-Meuse, born on 21 October 1884, gave a great performance, finishing 10th the very first time he took part in the Tour in 1911. The following year was just as successful, if not better, when he was ranked 8th in the general classification. His last participation in the Tour, in 1913, was marked by his withdrawal during the 7th stage.
André DOYEN, born on 29 March 1949 in Fize-Fontaine, raced as a pro from 1970 to 1976. In 1973, alongside his team, he won the team time trial in the 2nd stage. Sadly he withdrew in the 8th stage. In 1975, he finished 69th in the general classification.
Born in Esneux on 2 February 1956, André DUMONT arrived over the time limit of the 2nd stage of the 1979 Tour de France.
Marcel DUPONT, from Jupille-sur-Meuse, born on 20 October 1917, took part in the Tour de France for the first time in 1949, coming 20th in the final.
For his second Tour, he stood out and impressed the Belgians by taking an impressive 5th place, behind only Coppi, Bartali, Marinelli and Robic.
Born in Pepinster on 19 May 1893, Dieudonné GAUTHY took part in the 1914 edition of the Tour de France. He was forced to withdraw in the 3rd stage.
Originally from Remouchamps, Philippe GILBERT was born on 5 July 1982. He began cycling professionally in 2003.
He took part in the Tour de France five times. In 2005, on his first time on the Tour, he was ranked 70th in the general classification in Paris. In 2006, he finished 110th; in 2007, weakened by a virus, he was forced to withdraw in the 15th stage. In 2008, he came 2nd in the first stage in Plumelec and finished 112th in the final general classification. In 2009, he didn't take part in the Tour de France but instead in the Giro, where he won the 20th long stage of 203 km between Naples and Agnani.
In 2010, he did not take part in the Tour de France but instead in La Vuelta. He won the 1st and 19th stage. He also wore the red leader's jersey for 5 days. He finished the year in 3rd place in the UCI classification.
In 2011, for his 5th time taking part in the Tour de France, he won the 1st stage and wore the yellow jersey for one day. He finished 2nd in the 5th and 8th stages. It was undoubtedly his best Tour de France, ranking in the top 15 of 9 stages to finish 38th in the general classification in Paris. He also wore the green jersey and the polka-dot jersey.
In 2012, Philippe finished 46th, taking 62nd place at his 7th participation in 2013.
Georges Goffin was born on 1 April 1883 in Ben-Ahin, near Huy. He started in many important stage races, including the Tour de France. He took part in the Tour de France in 1904, 1910, 1911, 1914 and 1922. But he was forced to withdraw each time.
Henri HANLET, born on 11 September 1888 in Xhendelesse, took part in the 1912, 1913 and 1922 editions of the Tour de France. In 1912, he withdrew during the 12th stage. The two other times he took part he was forced to withdraw in the 4th stage.
Jules Hendrickx, born 9 September 1899, finished outside the classification in the 1928 Tour de France.
Born 24 January 1959 in Milmort (Herstal), Guy JANISZEWSKI started in the 1982 Tour de France, in which he finished 101st, and in 1983, when he ranked 77th.
Dieudonné JAMAR, born 6 November 1878 in Hozémont, started in the 1904 Tour de France but had to withdraw during the first stage. Pro from 1901 to 1911, he became the Belgian Champion in 1905.
Born in Liège on 24 February 1902, Albert JORDENS took part in the Tour de France four times. When he participated for the first time, in 1925, he withdrew during the 8th stage. During the 1928 edition, he was also forced to withdraw in the 20th stage. However, in the 1927 and 1929 editions, he finished respectively in 23rd place of the general classification and in an honourable 10th place.
Marcel KERFF was born on 2 June 1886 in Fouron-Saint-Martin. He took part in the first edition of the Tour de France in 1903 and finished 6th in the general classification.
Léon KOPP, from Dalhem, born on 27 April 1886, took part in the 1919 and 1920 editions of the Tour de France. He withdrew during the 1st stage during his first attempt and during the 4th stage the following year.
Georges LALOUP, born 24 May 1913 in Amay, took part in three editions of the Tour de France in 1929, 1930 and 1931. He finished in 25th and 19th place respectively, and withdrew during the 6th stage on his 3rd attempt.
Originally from Pepinster, Georges LEMAIRE was born on 30 April 1905. His career was marked by, amongst other things, his two participations in the Tour de France. He finished 15th in 1932 and 4th in 1933. He was able during this last Tour to wear the yellow jersey for 3 days.
Born in Andrimont on 5 December 1896, Henri LINTZEN withdrew during the 1st stage of the 1927 Tour de France.
A professional from 1904 to 1906, Emile LOMBARD started in the 1904 Tour de France. He ranked 8th in the 1st stage, 6th in the 2nd stage and ranked 4th in the provisional general classification. He withdrew during the 3rd stage. Many of his adversaries were disqualified after the race and he was awarded 1st place of the provisional general classification for the 2nd stage.
Emile MASSON Senior
Born in Morialmé in the municipality of Florennes (Namur) on 16 October 1888, Emile MASSON and his parents emigrated to Sainte-Walburge, in the upper part of Liège. In terms of awards, he took part in 8 editions of the Tour de France. He was forced to withdraw the first time he took part, in 1913, and again in 1919, 1921 and 1924. But his other performances were noteworthy, particularly his 5th place in the final general classification of the 1920 Tour. Ranking a little under 3 hours behind winner Philippe Thys, a Belgian compatriot from the capital, he wore the yellow jersey for 4 days. In 1922, he won the 11th and 12th stage and ranked 12th in the final general classification. In 1925 and 1938, he finished the race and was ranked 22nd and 34th respectively, winning the 20th stage.
Emile MASSON Junior
Born in Bierset on 1 September 1915, Emile MASSON Junior, winner of the Flèche Wallonne in 1938 and Paris-Roubaix in 1939, finished in 34th place of the general classification of the 1938 Tour de France, after winning the 1st stage.
Originally from Hollogne-aux-Pierres, Ernest MOTTARD, born 22 March 1902, finished unranked in the 1930 Tour de France.
Originally from Seraing, Hubert MULLER, born 20 June 1914, finished in a respectable 11th place in the general classification of the 1937 Tour de France.
François NEUVILLE was born on 24 November 1912 in Mons-Crotteux, near Grâce-Hollogne. The first time he took part, in 1935, was marked by his withdrawal during the 9th stage. The following year he ranked 19th in the final general classification. Winner of the 20th stage of the 1938 Tour, he finished 17th in the final. The last time he took part, in 1939, he finished 27th in the general classification.
Born in Bastogne on 2 January 1957, this adopted Liégeois, who raced in the colours of various Liège clubs and who now lives in Retinne (Fléron), notably finished the 1980 tour de France in 27th place and as the 3rd best young rider.
Born in Verviers on 15 July 1981, Sébastien ROSSELER has been a professional racer since 2004. He has taken part in the Tour de France three times. Never forced to withdraw, he was ranked 104th in 2007, 98th in 2008 and 104th in 2009.
Originally from Cerexhe-Heuseux, Jean ROSSIUS, born on 27 December 1890, took part in the Grand Boucle six times. He was forced to withdraw in 1913, 1919 and 1921. However, he ranked 4th in 1914, 7th in 1920 and 9th in 1922 in the final general classification. Three memorable achievements, as he won the 2nd and 9th stage and was leader for 4 days during the 1914 edition. In 1919, he won the 1st stage, despite later withdrawing in the 3rd stage. He also wore the yellow jersey for 2 days in 1920. The same year, he won the 7th and 15th stage.
Fernand SAIVE, born in Dison on 24 May 1900, finished in 32nd place of the general classification of the 20th edition of the Tour de France, in 1926.
Laurent SERET, born in Hollogne-aux-Pierres on 11 June 1896, took part in the 1923 Tour de France but was forced to withdraw in the 2nd stage.
Originally from Vinalmont, Marc SOHET, born on 15 June 1947, he ranked 68th in the general classification of the 1972 edition of the Tour de France.
Rik VERBURGGHE was born in Hélécine on 23 July 1974. After living in Chaudfontaine for some years, he started in the Tour de France on various occasions. He withdrew 5 out of 9 times. The 2001 Tour de France was incontestably his finest result. It was in this race that he achieved his greatest feat, winning the 15th stage between Pau and Lavaur. In 2001, he also received the title of best Belgian and Walloon cyclist of the year, as well as the prize for “Best Athlete from the Province of Liège”.
René WENDELS, born in Liège in 1883, began his professional career in 1921, finishing in 1928. He took part in the 1922 Tour de France but withdrew in the 6th stage. Two years later, in 1924, he finished 27th in the general classification. In 1925, he was forced to withdraw in the 3rd stage. His last participation in the Tour, in 1928, was marked by his withdrawal during the 16th stage.
Originally from Poland but born in La Brouck-Trooz on 23 December 1934, Tadeusz WIERUCKI, finished unranked in the 1959 and 1960 editions of the Tour de France.
Joseph WIRINGER from Liège took part in the 1910 Tour de France. Unfortunately, he withdrew during the 10th stage.
Originally from England, Michael WRIGHT, born in Bishop Statford on 25 March 1941, this naturalized Belgian and Liège resident took part in the Tour de France eight times. He came 56th and 24th in the 1964 and 1965 editions respectively. Nonetheless he won the 20th stage between Lyon and Auxerre in 1965. Unfortunately, in 1967 he withdrew despite a stage win. The two following years he came 28th and 71st respectively. In 1972, he finished 55th in the general classification. The last two times he took part, in 1973 and 1974, he finished in 57th place and won the 10th stage between Nice and Aubagne during the 1973 edition