portrait of Kurt Oncline in shades of grey

Kurt Onclin ex-professional racing cyclist

Kurt Onclin is an ex-professional racing cyclist whose career lasted from 1989 to 1995. The teams he rode for included ADR, Tulip Computers, where he was a team-mate of Adri van der Poel, Palmans and Lotto, where he was a team-mate of Johan Museeuw.

In the course of his career he won the Grand Prix of Mechelen and two stages in the Tour de Vaucluse, including the time trial, thereby beating Miguel Indurain and Alex Zulle.

When Johan Museeuw won the Belgian title in 1992, Onclin, as helper, was also given a grand reception in Gistel, the village where they were born. Half the village was there waiting for them, so they received a warm reception that lasted until the early hours.

In 1992 Kurt also rode to within 30km of the end in the break during the Paris-Roubaix race when suddenly he had a blackout. He was so shattered he lost 25 minutes to the winner. He spent the next three days laid up in bed with a fever. Even so, this was his finest ride in a classic race.

His career, which was far too short, was brought to a definitive end by a serious fall in which he broke several vertebrae.

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