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Henk Vogels – “I was made for the Northern Classics”

"I rode against the best and was always in the mix."


It’s perhaps appropriate that his first big wins came in the Flatlands, where his father was born, and his last victory should come in the New World where he spent half of a career which criss-crossed the North Atlantic.

Henk Vogels is an Aussie through and through but his dad, Henk Vogels senior, was Dutch, a professional cyclist who immigrated to Australia and represented his new nation at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Your first win popping up on the palmarès websites is Ledegem-Kemmel-Ledegem, Belgium in 1991, a long way from home.

“My dad took me Europe to race, I won the junior Gent-Wevelgem too and I don’t know if it still runs but I also won the Junior Three days of Axel in the Netherlands which was a big race at the time.”

[Indeed it still does run now called the SPIE Three Days i