Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Frans Slaats

Frans Slaats (born Waalwijk, Netherlands, 11 June 1912, died Waalwijk, 6 April 1993) was a Dutch professional cyclist who broke the world hour record.
Frans Slaats
Slaats was a prominent velodrome rider in the 1930s, especially in Six-day racing. In September 1937 he set the world hour record at 45.558km on the Vigorelli track in Milan, Italy. It was bettered the same year by the French rider, Maurice Archambaud.
Maurice Archambaud en Frans Slaats (r)
Slaats was at the Buenos Aires six-day in Argentina when the second world war began in 1939. On returning to the Netherlands when peace came in 1945, he found his four brothers had been killed by the Germans.
Kees Pellenaars en Frans Slaats (r)

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