Most Famous Dutch Cyclist

In July 2015 will be exactly 35 years since Joop Zoetemelk won the Tour de France crossed the finish line on the Champs Elysees in Paris. This makes it the last Dutch rider who has won a major cycle lap. Both Giro d?? Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana then have not seen more Dutch winners. We got it at all or in the neighborhood? It sure did! Who then came close to a victory? Even the Netherlands has had several good riders around, has been for the past thirty-five years, there are only four cyclists who really has taken the podium since 1980. There were also many top ten placements. Think of names such as Peter Winnen, Michael Boogerd, Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema, Tom Dumoulin and Laurens Ten Dam.But that saved it?

Joop Zoetemelk?? Tour de France 1982

For his victory in the Tour de France 1982 Joop Zoetemelk placed second five times. In 1982, he did it again. He had to finish six minutes and twenty seconds of the Frenchman and five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault. After his podium in 1982 he didn’t come near the scene. He graduated in 1987 with a victory in the Amstel Gold Race, retired from professional cycling.

Johan van der Velde?? Tour de France 82

1982 Tour was a successful Tour of the Netherlands. In addition to the seven stage victories and second-place Joop Zoetemelk was also talent Johan van der Velde on stage. He finished third. In Paris, he had to admit eight minutes and fifty nine seconds behind winner Bernard Hinault. Nearer he came no more. He was forced to retire the following year and then he focus more on the Giro d?? Italia. In 1986, he came back once and was the sixteenth. But he wore during the fifth and sixth stage called the yellow Jersey. He retired after the 1990 season with cycling.

Steven Rooks? 1988 Tour de France

Steven Rooks had his best year in 1988 as a pro. In the end, he was crowned as the winner of the World Cup. In the Tour de France in the same year he won the 12th stage to Alpe d’Huez??. Eventually, he came to Paris seven minutes and thirteen seconds short of the Spanish final winner Pedro Delgado. In the following years, he never came to his performance of 1988. He quit in 1995, at the end of the season, with cycling.

Erik Breukink?? Giro d?? Italia in 1987 and 1988 Tour de France 1990

The only Dutchman who more than once on the stage in a big round were Erik Breukink. He also managed to get three times on the podium. He did this twice in the Giro d?? Italia. In 1987, he was third with a gap of four minutes seventeen of Irishman Stephen Roche, and a year later he finished second just one minute and forty-three winner Andrew Hampsten from America. In the Tour de France in 1990, knew he was a long time to reach the podium. He was, thanks to two time stage wins, third. In the end, he was forced to admit two minute twenty-nine on the U.S. winner Greg LeMond. He retired after the 1997 season with cycling.

Tom Dumoulin?? Vuelta a Espana 2015

A special mention must be made of Tom Dumoulin. Year 2015 took his Tour of Spain fifty kilometers long.Until the twentieth stage he stood, large parts of the round, the top of the standings. In the last mountain stage, he released about fifty kilometers before the finish and lost so much time?? only??finished sixth in the final standings. Netherlands has never been as close since victory Zoetemelk in 1980!

The future?

Due to its wonderful performance in the Vuelta a Espana in 2015 in the context of his age, he was only 24 in this round, is Tom Dumoulin is seen as the biggest Dutch hopes of winning a round in the coming years. Among them are a number of drivers who have potential but is still too young and inexperienced.The future will tell if we will ever have a Dutch winner!

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