Adri van der Poel

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Adri van der Poel
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Personal information
Full name Adri van der Poel
Born (1959-06-17) June 17, 1959 (age 55)
Hoogerheide, the Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Cyclo-cross
Role Rider
Major wins
Dutch National Cyclo-cross Championships (6 times)
Clásica de San Sebastián (1985)
Paris–Brussels (1985)
Tour of Flanders (1986)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1988)
Tour of France, 2 stages
Amstel Gold Race (1990)
World Cyclo-cross Championships (1996)
Infobox last updated on
February 3, 2008
This is a Dutch name; the family name is van der Poel, not Poel.

Adri van der Poel[1][2] (born June 17, 1959 in Hoogerheide, Netherlands) is a retired Dutch cyclist. The Grand Prix Adri van der Poel is named after him. Van der Poel was a professional from 1981 to 2000. His biggest wins included 6 classics, two stages of the Tour de France and the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in 1996. He also obtained the second place and silver medal in the World Road Championships in 1983 behind Greg LeMond and five second places in the World Cylo-Cross championships.[3]

Van der Poel began his career on the road and during his first season as a professional he obtained second place in Paris–Nice behind Stephen Roche and second place in the La Flèche Wallonne. In the Tour de France, he won two stages; his stage win in 1988 set the record for fastest stage (since then only surpassed by three cyclists).[4] Van der Poel also competed in cyclo-cross during the winter and obtained great results – that he turned full-time to cyclo-cross in the latter part of his career where he won the World Championships in 1996 and the World Cup and Superprestige classifications in 1997. Van der Poel retired after the 2000 Cyclo-Cross World Championships where he finished fourth and which was won by his teammate Richard Groenendaal.

Family[edit]

Van der Poel is the son-in-law of the famous French cyclist Raymond Poulidor. His sons David and Mathieu are also cyclists. Mathieu Van der Poel became cyclo-cross world champion himself in the junior race in 2012 (Koksijde) and again in 2013 (Louisville, Kentucky).

Van der Poel's brother Jacques was also a professional cyclist from 1986 to 1992.

Palmarès[edit]

Adri van der Poel in 1980
1980
7th Olympic Games, Road race[3]
1981
2nd, La Flèche Wallonne
Paris–Nice
2nd Overall, 1st Stage 3
1st, Stage 1, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1982
1st, Züri-Metzgete
1st, Stage 4, Paris–Nice
1983
1st, Prologue, Tour de Luxembourg
2nd, World Cycling Championship
3rd, Giro di Lombardia
1984
Tirreno–Adriatico
4th Overall, 1st Stage 4 and Points Classification
1985
1st, Paris–Brussels
1st, Clásica de San Sebastián
1st, Brabantse Pijl
1st, Stage 7 Nissan Classic
2nd, Giro di Lombardia
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
Tour de Luxembourg
1st, Stage 1 and 4
1986
Republic of Ireland 6th Tour of Ireland
1st, Overall, Tour of Flanders
1st, Nationale Sluitingsprijs
2nd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd, Paris–Roubaix
3rd, Züri-Metzgete
1987
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
Netherlands Dutch National Road Race Championship
1st, Grand Prix des Fourmies
1st, GP Kanton Aargau
Tour de France
1st, Stage 9
Tour de Suisse
1st, Stage 1 and 2
1988
1st, Stage 16, Tour de France
1st, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Étoile de Bessèges
1st Overall and Stage 2
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
3rd, Overall, Tour of Flanders
3rd, Overall, Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
1989
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st, Stage 6, Paris–Nice
1st, Stage 5, Tour Méditerranéen
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd, Brabantse Pijl
2nd, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1990
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st, Amstel Gold Race
1st, GP Kanton Aargau
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd, Overall, Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
1991
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st, Circuito de Getxo
1st, Stage 4, Ronde van Nederland
2nd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
1992
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
2nd, Overall, Tour of Great Britain
3rd, World Cyclo-cross Championships
1994–95
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1995–96
Arc en ciel.svg World Cyclo-cross Championships
1st, Surhuisterveen, Sint Michielsgestel, Pontchateau & Vossem.
1996–97
1st World Cup
1st Superprestige
1st Prague, Woerden, Kalmthout, Gieten, Nommay, Milan, Essen, Koksijde, Loenhout, Sint Michielsgestel, Harnes & Haegendorf
1997–98
1st Harderwijk, Niel, Rijkevorsel, Diegem, Zeddam, Loenhout, Wetzikon, Chateau La Croix Laroque & Surhuisterveen
1998–99
Netherlands National Cyclo-cross Championships
1st Veldrit Pijnacker, Grand Prix Nommay, Montevrain & Harnes
1999–2000
1st Lutterbach & Harderwijk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wired 15.01: The Doping Excuses Hall of Fame. Wired.com (2009-01-04). Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  2. ^ Nieuwsselectie: Sport. Retro.nrc.nl. Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  3. ^ a b Adrie van der Poel. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ "Le Tour en chiffres Les autres records" (in French). LeTour.fr.