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  Johan Museeuw    

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Johan Museeuw was born in Varsenare, Belgium on October 13, 1965.

Museeuw was one of the most successful one-day riders during his 16 1/2 year career, from the late 1980's through 2004.

Museeuw was nicknamed the Lion of Flanders because of his success in the Tour of Flanders Classic where he shares the record of three victories with Achiel Buysse of Belgium, Fiorenzo Magni of Italy, and Eric Leman of Belgium.

Museeuw also won the Paris-Roubaix Classic three times. In addition, he finished second once and third twice.

Museeuw won the 1996 Paris-Roubaix Classic in front of Gianluca Bortolami and Andrea Tafi of Italy.

Museeuw won the 2000 Paris-Roubaix Classic in front of Peter Van Petegem of Belgium and Erik Zabel of Germany.

Museeuw also won the 2002 Paris-Roubaix Classic in front of Steffen Wesemann of Germany and Tom Boonen of Belgium.

In addition, Museeuw was 2nd in 2001 to Servais Knaven of Holland.

Museeuw was 3rd in 1995, behind Franco Ballerini of Italy and Andrei Tchmil of Russia.

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Museeuw was also 3rd in 1997 behind Frederic Guesedon of France and Jo Planckaert of Belgium.

Museeuw won the World Championship Road Race in 1996 in front of Mauro Gianetti of Switzerland and Michele Bartoli of Italy.

The highlight of Museeuw’s career had to be his victory in the 2000 Paris-Roubaix race. In the 1998 Paris-Roubaix race, he suffered a serious injury and almost lost his leg because of a gangrene infection.

Two years later, in the 2000 edition, he broke away with over 40 km (25 miles) left in the race. As he crossed the finish line in the Roubaix velodrome, he took his left leg out of his pedal, held it out, and pointed to it as a victory salute.

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