Ex-cyclist Arie den Hartog is at the age of 77 died. He won in 1965 Milan-Sanremo and two years later, the Amstel Gold Race, each time as the first Dutchman ever.
As a servant of Jan Janssen helped Den Hartog in 1968, his country – and teammate to the overall victory in the Tour de France, for Herman Van Springel (second at 38 seconds) and Ferdinand Bracke (third on 3:03). “But the most proud of, he was on the first victory ever as a young rider posted,” says his son, who confirms that Den Hartog in the night between Wednesday and Thursday has died.
The Dutch ex-pro last year was a stroke and was since then in a wheelchair.