Bert Pronk dies

Former Dutch professional Bert Pronk has died of cancer on March 15, aged 54, while on holiday in Portugal. Pronk had been diagnosed with the disease several years ago, necessitating a stomach removal. He recovered temporarily and was able to ride and run again, but the cancer returned very recently and he wasn't even able to return home to The Netherlands before he died.

As a professional, Pronk was active between 1974 and 1982, winning the Tour of Luxembourg and Tour of The Netherlands in 1977, and also placing third in the Tour de Suisse and 12th in the Tour de France that year. He was a member of Peter Post's Raleigh team throughout his career, with one exception: in 1978 when he rode for IJsboerke - Gios.

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