Belgian legend Impanis dies after fight with cancer

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Cycling fans began the new year without one of the sport's heroes. Belgian classics star, Raymond Impanis died on Friday in Vilvoorde at the age of 85 after a long battle with cancer.

Born on October 19, 1925, in Berg, he became one of cycling's dominant figures in the 1950s. Impanis won Tour de France stages, Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, Ghent-Wevelgem and, the race that every young Flemish boy dreams of, the Tour of Flanders. Even with the resulting fame, his colleagues still affectionately called him the Baker of Berg thanks to his parents' business.

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