Victor Van Schil

Victor Van Schil
Personal information
Born (1939-12-21)21 December 1939
Nijlen, Belgium
Died 30 September 2009(2009-09-30) (aged 69)
Nijlen, Belgium
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional teams
1962–1966 Mercier–BP–Hutchinson
1967 Flandria–De Clerck
1968–1970 Faema
1971–1976 Molteni
1977 IJsboerke–Colnago

Victor Van Schil (21 December 1939 – 30 September 2009) was a Belgian racing cyclist.[1] He rode in 21 Grand Tours in his career, including 11 editions of the Tour de France, four editions of the Vuelta a España, and six editions of the Giro d'Italia.[2]


Van Schil's main victories were two stages of the Vuelta a España, in 1964 and 1968, and the 1968 Brabantse Pijl. He also had success in the 1969 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, finishing alongside his teammate Eddy Merckx, eight minutes ahead of the next rider.

Van Schil was a teammate of Eddy Merckx for nine years, riding with him on Faema from 1968 to 1970, and Molteni from 1971 to 1976, and was known for being Merckx's main domestique. He also rode with Raymond Poulidor from 1962 to 1966 on Mercier–BP–Hutchinson.


Van Schil committed suicide at his home on September 30, 2009 at age 69, due to suffering from depression.[3]

Major results

1st Tour du Condroz
3rd Scheldeprijs
1st Schaal Sels
1st Stage 11 Vuelta a España
2nd Brussels–Ingooigem
3rd Grand Prix du Midi Libre
3rd Overall Circuit du Provençal
3rd Tour du Condroz
4th Paris–Roubaix
1st Stage 1a Tour of Belgium
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España
1st Brabantse Pijl
3rd Grand Prix Fayt-le-Franc
3rd Overall Tour de Wallonie
5th Paris–Roubaix
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a Mallorca
2nd Schaal Sels
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2nd Brussels–Ingooigem
1st Tour du Condroz
2nd Brabantse Pijl
1st Tour du Condroz
2nd Züri-Metzgete
3rd Grand Prix Monaco
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2nd Brabantse Pijl
2nd Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
2nd Schaal Sels
2nd Druivenkoers Overijse


  1. ^ "Victor Van Schil". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Tour de France 1970". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Merckx: "I lost a member of my family" (French)". La DH. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2018.

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