Kim van Dijk
Kim van Dijk is ambassador of this foundation.
Gijs Baeten was a lively, bright child who grew up in a warm family. On 11 August 2011 he was told at age 8 that he had brain stem cancer and only 3 to 6 months to live.
It was Gijs’s wish to let other children with a life-threatening illness experience a ‘week away’, a warm resting place for the family during a violent period. For that child / family it is possible to spend a couple of days together, away from the hospital, away from the hectic.
A nice success wish from our ambassador Jan Janssen!
We are incredibly proud that we can announce that Jan Janssen embraces the Tour de Fris and will act as an ambassador. Jan Janssen was initially a reasonable sprinter, but soon developed into a versatile driver. He was known for his ability to abandon beastly, with which he compensated for a shortage of construction and still managed to reach the top. He won many of the most important cycling races.
He became world champion in 1964 (Sallanches), won Paris-Roubaix in 1967, wrote the same year – as the first Dutchman – the Tour of Spain to his name and the following year was also the first Dutchman to win the Tour de France. His versatility is also apparent from the first place in the Super Prestige (1967) final standings. In the Tour of France in 1968, Herman Van Springel led the general classification for the final stage, a time trial. Since Janssen had never won an important time trial, few gave him a chance. However, he rode the race of his life and won the stage and the final standings, with only 38 seconds ahead of Van Springel.
In total, Jan Janssen won 7 Tour stages. He also won the green jersey three times.
Dutch best cyclist Jan Janssen is now ambassador of Tour de Fris.