Rudy Dhaenens

Rudy Dhaenens
Personal information
Full name Rudy Dhaenens
Born (1961-04-10)10 April 1961
Deinze, Belgium
Died 6 April 1998(1998-04-06) (aged 36)
Aalst, Belgium
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
1990 World Road Racing Champion
Infobox last updated on
18 July 2008

Rudy Dhaenens (Deinze 10 April 1961 Aalst 6 April 1998) was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who is most famous for winning the World Cycling Championships in 1990 as a member of the Belgian national team.

Dhaenens excelled several times in the Paris–Roubaix classic race; finishing second in 1986 and third the following year. Dhaenens won the 1990 World Championship Road Race, held in Utsunomiya, Japan, ahead of Dirk De Wolf of Belgium and Gianni Bugno of Italy. In 1992, Dhaenens was forced to stop his career because of heart problems. For a long time, he was in the service of the PDM cycling team, usually as tactical captain. Dhaenens was known for his calm, reserved attitude.

He died at the age of 36 because of a car accident in Aalst while driving to the finish of the Tour of Flanders bicycle race.[1] In his honor, the Grand Prix Rudy Dhaenens is held each year in Nevele, Belgium.

Career achievements

Major results

1st, Stage 11, Tour de France
2nd, Paris–Roubaix
3rd, Paris–Roubaix
8th, Tour of Flanders
1st (Gold Medal), World Cycling Championships
2nd, Tour of Flanders

Tour de France record


  1. Samuel Abt (9 April 1998). "Dhaenens:A Modest, Unselfish Cyclist". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
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