Former motorcycle racer Boet van Dulmen died on Thursday at the age of 73 in a traffic accident in his hometown of Ammerzoden.

The Dutchman was hit by a delivery van on his bicycle.

According to the Gelderland police, emergency services tried to resuscitate Van Dulmen, but to no avail.

Van Dulmen has a strong track record in motorsport.

In the 1970s and early 1980s he formed 'the Big Three' with fellow countrymen Wil Hartog and Jack Middelburg.

As a private rider in the 500cc class, Van Dulmen took part in the Assen TT seven times.

De Gelderlander came second in 1981.

His only victory as a motorcycle racer came two years earlier at a race in Finland.

'Den Boet' also competed with the best in the twilight of his career and stopped racing in 1986.

In January last year, a bust of him was unveiled in Ammerzoden.

Boet van Dulmen in 1981 at the TT Assen, where he finished second.

Boet van Dulmen in 1981 at the TT Assen, where he finished second.

Photo: ANP

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