Wilfried Nelissen

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This image would have been taken around 1990 or 1991. Just look at that sneer. I can’t imagine the man was much afraid of anything.

Wilfried Nelissen was a baller.

He will ride straight through you.
He will ride straight through you.

Image source: http://cyclisme-cb.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html.

His career was cut short in a horrific crash. I’ll not post the pics, gruesome stuff. Bottom line is that he never really recovered. And that was that. I read an interview, somewhere, in print, years ago, where he said the crash injured a tendon in his knee. When his knee healed up, it was never the the same. He said he didn’t even ride any more, he was eight years a pro and he’d go out on the bike he’d get passed by these duffers. He just couldn’t take it. Can’t say I blame him.

A bit about it here: http://www.dailypeloton.com/displayarticle.asp?pk=3132.

Wiki says his nickname was “Jerommeke-Woefi.” I have no idea what that means in English. Perhaps one of you out there can tell us in the comment section? I’ve heard he was called “The Bulldog.” Seems fitting. Dude looks like a brick house.

Check the science: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfried_Nelissen.

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14 Replies to “Wilfried Nelissen”

  1. Jon you Ball lover you. Got a Spot Big J. Movin In This week. Gotta come by and say Hey.

    1000 S. Park Ln.
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  2. Next week. Very Casual. Repair shop in the Back. (Phoenix Bicycle Repair)Only Repair Specific shop in PHX. Suspension EXPERTS. Can REBUILD ANY Shock/Fork.
    MAXBICYCLE in the front. Ill be buying/ selling /consigning High end used bikes. EBAY Power seller.

  3. …he ain’t real purty but like the comment sez “He will ride straight through you.” !!!…

    …& enjoy it…

  4. Jerommeke is a beefy Belgian comic strip character. It’s like calling someone a muscle-man.


  5. Thanks drkRides! I found this image of Jerommeke:


    I still have no idea what “Woefi” means. Anyway, dude is large and in charge.

    Video of Nelissen taking the yellow in Stage 2 of the 1993 Tour de France:

    Notice the scrappy young Lance Armstrong in the mix too.

    Interview with Nelissen in yellow at beginning of the next stage:

  6. That’s him!

    “Woef” is the sound a dog makes, like “woof” and woefie is a common name for a dog or puppy.

    Maybe it ties into the bulldog thing?