Wim Van Est

Wim Van Est

Willem “Wim” van Est (25 March 1923 – 1 May 2003) was a Dutch cyclist. He was the first Dutch cyclist to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France (1951). But he heavily crashed the next day and lost the jersey.

In 1951, Van Est was part of the Dutch team for the Tour de France. In the 12th stage, from Agen to Dax, he escaped with a small group. He won the stage and gained 19 minutes on the leader, enough to move up to first place overall. As the first Dutchman to wear the accompanying yellow jersey he was praised by the public and media at home.

The next day, in defence of his position, Van Est was chasing the leaders in the descent of the Col d’Aubisque. Due to a flat tire (according to Van Est himself), he slipped away and fell into a 70-meter deep ravine. Miraculously, he survived the fall and had no serious injuries. Using a chain of tyres, and helped by spectators and his manager, he managed to get back to the road. Van Est wanted to continue, but was persuaded to go to the hospital.

His main victories include: 3 Individual Stages and 1 Team Time Trial in the Tour de France, 1 Individual Stage in the Giro d’Italia, Ronde van Nederland (1952, 1954), Tour of Flanders (1953) and Bordeaux–Paris (1950, 1952, 1961). He was also twice Dutch Road Race Champion (1956, 1957) and Dutch Individual Pursuit Champion (1949, 1952, 1953, 1955).

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