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Former Belgian pro dies at age 80

Former Belgian rider Marcel Verschueren died Tuesday at the age of 80. He rode professionally from 1947 to 1953 for such teams as Elve and Peugeot-Dunlop, but also as an independent rider.

Verschueren finished 15th overall in the Tour de France in 1950 and 18th a year later. He was a small climber who claimed wins in such races as Bruxelles-Liège and Bruxelles-Saint Hubert. He also won a stage in the Dauphiné Libéré in 1948. (SW)

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.