Patrick Sercu, Belgian cyclist, Olympic champion, Died at 74

Patrick Sercu was born on June 27, 1944, and died on April 19, 2019; he was a Belgian cyclist who was active on the road and track between 1961 and 1983.

On the track, he won the gold medal in the 1 km time trial at the 1964 Summer Olympics, as well as three world titles in the sprint, in 1963, 1967 and 1969.

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On the road, Patrick earned the green jersey in the 1974 Tour de France. Sercu is the record holder for the number of six-day track race victories, having won 88 events out of 223 starts between 1961 and 1983; several of these wins were with cycling great Eddy Merckx.

He also won six stages at the Tour de France and eleven stages at the Giro d’Italia.

In 1962, aged 18, Patrick won his opening national titles, in the sprint and Madison events.

Two years later, Patrick was the star attraction at the Manchester Wheelers’ Club Race Meet at the Fallowfield track in Manchester.

After retiring from competitions, Patrick became an organiser of road races and director of the Six Days of Ghent and the former Six Days of Hasselt. Patrick Sercu passed away on April 19, 2019, aged 74.