Jean-Pierre Monseré

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Jean-Pierre Monseré
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Personal information
Full name Jean-Pierre Monseré
Nickname Jempi Monseré
Born(1948-09-08)8 September 1948
Roeselare, Belgium
Died 15 March 1971(1971-03-15) (aged 22)
Sint-Pieters-Lille, Belgium
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
19691971 Flandria
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.

Belgium Federal constitutional monarchy in Western Europe

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,688 square kilometres (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.4 million. The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Liège.

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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.

The men's individual road race was a road bicycle racing event held as part of the Cycling at the 1968 Summer Olympics programme. 144 cyclists from 44 nations took part. It was held on 23 October 1968. The course, just short of 25 kilometres, was covered 8 times for a total distance of 196.2 kilometres.

The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Mexico City, Mexico, from October 12th to the 27th.

Flandria (cycling team) cycling team (1957-1979)

Flandria was a Belgian professional cycling team that existed from 1957 to 1979. It was sponsored by Flandria a bicycle manufacturer located in West Flanders that also manufactures mopeds, lawnmowers, and motorbikes.

On 15 March 1971, Monseré was riding the Grote Jaarmarktprijs in Retie. On the road from Lille to Gierle he collided with a car driven on the course and 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.

Retie Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Retie is a municipality located in the Campine region of the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the town of Retie proper and several hamlets of which Schoonbroek is the largest. On 1 January 2012 Retie had a total population of 10,799. The total area is 48.39 km² which gives a population density of 213 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Lille, Belgium Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Lille is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the towns of Gierle, Lille proper, Poederlee, and Wechelderzande. On January 1, 2015, Lille had a total population of 16,386. The total area is 59.40 km² which gives a population density of 276 inhabitants per km².

Gierle is a village of about 4,200 inhabitants in the province of Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium. It is part of the municipality of Lille.

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.

Roeselare Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Roeselare is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Roeselare proper and the towns of Beveren, Oekene and Rumbeke.

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