Jan Derksen – 1939 World Champion Sprint Amateurs

Jan Derksen – 1939 World Champion Sprint Amateurs

Jan Derksen (23 January 1919 – 22 May 2011) was a Dutch professional cyclist. He was world professional track sprint champion in 1946 and 1957.[1] He was the only rider to win a gold medal at Milan, Italy, in 1939 – in the world amateur sprint – before the championship was abandoned at the outbreak of the second world war.[2] Derksen became a riders’ agent and race promoter after retiring[3] from racing and lived in a house on the outskirts of Amsterdam, named after the Ordrup track in Denmark where won the professional omnium – akin to a pentathlon in athletics – 10 times.

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