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1983 Omloop Het Volk ( HC)

This race is now "Omloop Het Nieuwsblad"

38th edition: March 5, 1983

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad podium history | 1982 edition | 1984 edition

Gent - Gent, 220 km / 39.639 km/hr
211 starters / 74 classified finishers

Fons de Wolf

Fons de Wolf wins 1983 Omloop Het Volk ahead of Jan Raas.

Jan Raas and Fns de Wolf

TI-Raleigh team boss Peter Post talks to his rider Jan Raas while Raas and de Wolf are on their breakaway.

Jan Raas and Fons de Wolf

Jan Raas starts to lead out the sprint.

The race: On March 5, 1983, it was a warm spring day in Belgium for the real opening of the Belgian racing season. The temperature was about 50 degrees (10 Celsius). The day was so nice the riders wore short-sleeve jerseys.

With about forty kilometers to go, 30-year old racing legend and former world champion Jan Raas escaped with Fons de Wolf on a cobblestone section of the course.

The expectation was that Raas would beat the younger de Wolf. But this was the first big race of the season and Raas had not been able to train properly during the winter because of a jaw infection. De Wolf, on the other hand, was in stunning form.

Come the sprint, de Wolf easily won the race.

Though Raas was then thirty years old, in 1983 he would go on to win the Tour of Flanders, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and the Dutch championships.

In 1983 De Wolf also won the Coppa Ugo Agostoni, Giro della Romagna and the Tour of Tuscany.

Despite de Wolf's youth (he was 27 that year) and Raas's great results, 1983 would be the last big year for both riders.

Complete Results:

1 Fons de Wolf  Bianchi-Piaggio 5hr 33min
2 Jan Raas  TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
3 Luc Colyn  Fangio-Tonissteiner-OM Trucks @ 2min 21sec
4 Kim Andersen  Coop-Mercier-Mavic s.t.
5 Etienne de Wilde  La Redoute-Motobecane s.t.
6 Johan van der Velde  TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
7 Adrie van der Poel  Jacky Aernoudt-Rossin-Campagnolo s.t.
8 Jozef Lieckens  Safir-Van de Ven-Moser s.t.
9 Rudy Matthijs  Boule d'Or-Colnago @ 3min 54sec
10 Ludo Peeters  TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
11 Pol Verschuere  Bianchi-Piaggio @ 4min 5sec
12 Jan Van Houwelingen  Boule d'Or-Colnago s.t.
13 Frank Hoste  Europdecor-Dries-Eddy Merckx s.t.
14 Eric Vanderaerden  Jacky Aernoudt-Rossin-Campagnolo s.t.
15 Léo van Vliet  TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
16 Paul Sherwen La Redoute-Motobecane s.t.
17 Ferdi van den Haute La Redoute-Motobecane s.t.
18 Marc Madiot Renault-Elf s.t.
19 Valerio Piva Bianchi-Piaggio s.t.
20 Eddy van Haerens Safir-Van de Ven-Moser s.t.
21 Adri van Houwelingen TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
22 Phil Anderson Peugeot-Shell-Michelin s.t.
23 Eddy Planckaert Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
24 Jos Op Het Eyndt Europdecor-Dries-Eddy Merckx s.t.
25 Jean-Louis Gauthier Coop-Mercier-Mavic s.t.
26 Jean-Philippe Vandenbrande Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
27 Mario van Vlimmeren Beckers Snacks s.t.
28 Wies van Dongen Fangio-Tonissteiner-OM Trucks s.t.
29 Eric McKenzie Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
30 Alan Peiper Peugeot-Shell-Michelin s.t.
31 Roger de Cnijf Boule d'Or-Colnago s.t.
32 Ludo de Keulenaere TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
33 Jan Wijnants Boule d'Or-Colnago s.t.
34 Ad Wijnands TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
35 Steven Rooks Sem-France Loire-Mavic s.t.
36 Frederic Vichot Coop-Mercier-Mavic s.t.
37 Jacques Bossis Peugeot-Shell-Michelin s.t.
38 patrick Versluys Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
39 Marc Sergeant Europdecor-Dries-Eddy Merckx s.t.
40 Sean Kelly Sem-France Loire-Mavic s.t.
41 Guy Nulens Jacky Aernoudt-Rossin-Campagnolo s.t.
42 Ronny van Holen Safir-Van de Ven-Moser s.t.
43 Yves Godimus Fangio-Tonissteiner-OM Trucks s.t.
44 Gody Schmutz Eurotex-Magniflex s.t.
45 Gregor Braun Vivi-Benotto-Selle Italia s.t.
46 Jos Lammertink Vivi-Benotto-Selle Italia s.t.
47 Eric van de Wiele Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
48 Gerrie Knetemann TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
49 Serge Beuchere Sem-France Loire-Mavic s.t.
50 Stephen Roche Peugeot-Shell-Michelin s.t.
51 Patrick Cocquyt Safir-Van de Ven-Moser s.t.
52 Raoul Bruyndonckx Beckers Snacks s.t.
53 Jean-Marie Wampers Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
54 Walter Planckaert Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
55 Noel Segers Boule d'Or-Colnago s.t.
56 Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle Peugeot-Shell-Michelin s.t.
57 Joop Zoetemelk Coop-Mercier-Mavic s.t.
58 Gery Verlinden Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
59 Paul Haghedooren Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
60 Jan Bogaert Europdecor-Dries-Eddy Merckx s.t.
61 Rudy Dhaenens Splendor-Euroshop s.t.
62 Eddy Schepers Perlav-Eurosoap s.t.
63 Johan Lammerts TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo s.t.
64 Rudy Rogiers Jacky Aernoudt-Rossin-Campagnolo 6min 10sec
65 Luc Govaerts Europdecor-Dries-Eddy Merckx s.t.
66 Michel Pollentier  Safir-Van de Ven-Moser s.t.
67 Yvon Bertin Coop-Mercier-Mavic s.t.
68 Francis Castaing Peugeot-Shell-Michelin s.t.
69 Jos Schipper Elro Snacks-Auto Brabant s.t.
70 Hans Langerijs Beckers Snacks s.t.
71 Philippe Poissonnier Safir-Van de Ven-Moser s.t.
72 Ad van den Hoek Beckers Snacks s.t.
73 Luc de Decker Safir-Van de Ven-Moser s.t.
74 Walter Dalgal Safir-Van de Ven-Moser s.t.