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.
|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|
|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|