Jan Raas - 1977 photo

Jan Raas - photo 1977 main image

Jan Raas, Dutch, 1952 -

Jan Raas was another of that generation of Dutch cyclists who were so successful in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was World Road Race Champion in 1979, won 10 stages in the Tour, 4 'Monuments' and his beloved Amstel Gold Race 5 times.

I believe that he used a Campagnolo Super Record derailleur to win his World Championship.

This, rather disturbing, photo shows Jan on the podium after the 1977 Amstel Gold Race. For some reason he is accompanied by Bonnie St Claire and Willy Alberti (who seem to have turned up in fancy dress as characters from "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" or some other vomit-inducing nostalgic tosh). Bonnie St Claire was a very-blonde-and-much-loved Dutch popular singer - do I hear a sigh? Willy Alberti was also a Dutch popular crooner and comedy actor who specialized in murdering melodramatic Italian songs ("Volare" springs to mind). In a moment of unnecessary cruelty, Wikipedia comments that:

"In 1998, a Willy Alberti museum was established; it quickly closed due to lack of interest."

God I miss the 1970s...

This is one of two images of Jan Raas on this site, the other is here.

(Source nationaalarchief.nl Dutch National Archive)

Jan Raas - photo 1977 main image