How to Wear a Cycling Cap: Alfons de Wolf

Over long hair. Hey, if you were of a certain age in the 1970s you probably had long hair. What are you going to do?


Like many riders whose career followed in the wake of a highly decorated countryman, Fons de Wolf was pegged to be a "next." In his case the next Eddy Merckx. That is one tough role to fill. After some forty years no one has yet managed it. His Belgian support base must have had high hopes following his win at the Espoirs Paris-Roubaix in 1978, the second year of his professional career. He followed that win with stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana and Tour de France, as well as wins in one-day races including the Giro di Lombardia, Trofeo Baracchi, Milan-San Remo, Omloop Het Volk, and Giro di Toscana.

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