Today in Transportation History – 1954: The Passing of a Danish Cycling Legend

Thorvald Ellegaard, one of Denmark’s leading track racing cyclists, died in the Danish community of Charlottenlund at the age of 77. He had been born on the Danish island of Funen in 1877.

Ellegaard began competing as a cyclist in 1895, turning professional about three years later. He eventually established himself as an international champion cyclist and in the process became Denmark’s first sports idol. During the course of a long career, Ellegaard won the world professional sprint track cycling event a total of six times. He also won three European titles and 24 Danish titles in cycling. By the end of his career, Ellegaard had won 925 of the 1,560 major races in which he competed. He participated in his last race in 1926 when he was 49.

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