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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion
Sunday, December 7, 2014

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Jan Janssen Has Cancer

Jan Janssen was the first Dutchman to win the Tour when he beat Herman van Springel by just 38 seconds in 1968. Sadly, the 74-year old Mr.Janssen has been diagnosed with cancer and is in the hospital undergoing treatment. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Jan Janssem

Jan Janssen (wearing sunglasses) racing in 1968

Jan Janssen's interview with BikeRaceInfo

Janssen won more than just the Tour de France. He was a complete rider. Here is a short list of most prestigious wins:

Jan Janssen

Jan Jannsen in 1972 at his retirement ceremony with wife and daughter.

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