Jean-Pierre Monseré

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Jean-Pierre Monseré
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Personal information
Full nameJean-Pierre Monseré
NicknameJempi Monseré
Born(1948-09-08)8 September 1948
Roeselare, Belgium
Died15 March 1971(1971-03-15) (aged 22)
Lille, Belgium
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Professional team
19691971 Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
Major wins
1970 World Road Race Championship

Jean-Pierre "Jempi" Monseré (8 September 1948 15 March 1971) was a Belgian road racing cyclist who died while champion of the world.

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Career

Monseré was a talented amateur who finished in 6th place in the individual road race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, [1] before turning professional for Flandria in 1969. He won the Giro di Lombardia that year. A year later he became the Belgian track omnium champion and on 16 August 1970 he won the world championship in Leicester, England. He was the second-youngest world champion after another Belgian, Karel Kaers. In 1971 he again became Belgian champion, this time track madison.

On 15 March 1971, Monseré was riding the Grote Jaarmarktprijs in Retie. On the road from Lille to Gierle a car driven onto the course collided with him and he died on the spot. A monument now stands at the spot. In a cruel twist of fate, in 1976 Monseré's seven-year-old son, Giovanni, died after a collision with a car, while riding his racing bike, given to him on his first communion by another world champion, Freddy Maertens.

Jean-Pierre Monseré is remembered each September with a memorial cycle trophy, the Grote Herdenkingsprijs Monseré, [2] organized by the Retiese Wielerclub 'De Zonnestraal'. Jempi Monseré's medals are in the Belgian national cycle museum in Roeselare.

Palmarès

1968
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium national road race for militaries
1968 Olympic Games: 6th place
1969
Giro di Lombardia
1970
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race Championships
Six Days of Ghent (with Patrick Sercu)
1971
Vuelta a Andalucía

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References

  1. "Jean-Pierre Monseré Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. Monseré Memorial GP