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Lucky Room 11

As a pro, Yvo Molenaers won the Tour of Luxembourg, as well as stages in Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse. Then, after retiring, Molenaers (who is also Valerio Piva’s father-in-law) opened the Hotel Malpertuus, in the Belgian town of Riemst, not far of Liège. With time, one of the hotel’s rooms – Room 11, to be precisely – became a talisman for the riders, many of the ones who have slept there going on to take a big win soon afterwards.

Thanks to Emile Molenaers, Yvo’s son, I got to make a list of the cyclists who stayed in the famous Room 11 and their victories.

Year Race Won Winner Team
1990 Flèche Wallonne Moreno Argentin Ariostea
1991 Flèche Wallonne+ Liège–Bastogne–Liège Moreno Argentin Ariostea
1993 Amstel Gold Race Rolf Järmann Ariostea
1994 Amstel Gold Race Johan Museeuw GB-MG
1997 Liège–Bastogne–Liège Michele Bartoli MG-Technogym
2002 Amstel Gold Race Michele Bartoli Fassa Bortolo
2002 World Championships Mario Cipollini Italia
2008 Flèche Wallonne Kim Kirchen Team Columbia
2010 Eneco Tour Tony Martin HTC-Columbia
2012 Flèche Wallonne Joaquim Rodriguez Katusha
2013 Flèche Wallonne Daniel Moreno Katusha

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