Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian, 1948 - 1971
Jean-Pierre Monseré had a brief and tragic cycling career. After excelling as an amateur, he turned professional in 1969, riding for the top-rated Flandria team. In 1970 he won the World Road Race Championship, staged that year in Leicester, England. At 21 years of age, he was the second youngest rider ever to be World Champion. He looked set for stardom.
On March 15th 1971, riding a race called the Grote Jaarmarktprijs, while wearing the Rainbow Jersey, he was involved in a collision with a car that was on the course and was killed. He died on the road side.
I believe that he used a Campagnolo Nuovo Record (1020/A) to win his world title.
This image of Jean-Pierre is of him crossing the finish line in Leicester. It is one of two images of him on this web site, the other is here.