Eric Vanderaerden

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Eric Vanderaerden
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Personal information
Full name Eric Vanderaerden
Born (1962-02-11) 11 February 1962 (age 52)
Lummen, Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Major wins
Tour de France, green jersey win (1986)
Tour de France 5 stage wins (1983, 1984, 1985)
Tour de France, 5 days in yellow jersey (1983, 1985)
Tour of Flanders (1985)
Paris–Roubaix (1987)
Three Days of De Panne, 5 time winner (1986-1989, 1993)
Infobox last updated on
16 April 2007

Eric Vanderaerden (born 11 February 1962) is a retired road cyclist from the town of Lummen, Belgium.

He was a considerable talent, winning the prologue time trial of the Vuelta and the Tour de France in his professional debut year 1983. As for classics, he won the Tour of Flanders in 1985 and Paris–Roubaix in 1987. In the Tour de France, his participation in the 1985 edition was a strong one, beating the later winner Bernard Hinault in a time trial stage. The next year, he won the green jersey.

After 1988, his career went in decline, though every observer had the impression he could have achieved much more. He certainly had considerable talent as a time trial racer, but as a climber in the mountains his talent was limited. Perhaps, he was partly a victim of the high expectations the Belgian public had to get a successor for Eddy Merckx, a cyclist who was very versatile in winning both classic races and big stage races.[citation needed]

After his active career, Vanderaerden has led a few semi-professional racing teams and was also assistant-manager of a professional Belgo-Italian team. He became a directeur sportif with the DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed team in August 2006.[1] His son Michael Vanderaerden signed a contract with the team in September 2007.[2]

Major results[edit]

1983
Aalst
Brasschaat
Oudenbosch
Peer
Retie
Tour de France:
Winner prologue
Wearing yellow jersey for two days
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 2 and 11
Wien
1984
Bilzen, Criterium
Brasschaat

 Belgium national road race championship

Oud-Gastel
Paris–Brussels
Ronse
Rotterdam
Tour de France:
Winner stages 10 and 23
Twello
Valkenswaard
1985
Aalst
Gent–Wevelgem
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
Leende
Omloop Leiedal
Oudenbosch
Peer
Ronde van Limburg
Ronde van Nederland
Tour of Flanders
Sint-Truiden
Tienen
Tour de France:
Winner stagse 13 and 19
Wearing yellow jersey for three days
Valkenswaard
1986
Berlin
Boxmeer
Halle–Ingooigem
Three Days of De Panne
Dwars door Vlaanderen
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Peer
Sint-Truiden
Tour de France:
Jersey green.svg Winner Points classification
Trofeo Isla de Mallorca
1987
Deurne
Three Days of De Panne
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
Lekkerkerk
Paris–Roubaix
Polder-Kempen
Scherpenheuvel
Sint-Truiden
Wouw
1988
Bavel
Three Days of De Panne
Ronde van Limburg
1989
Three Days of De Panne
Geetbets
GP Impanis
Tour of Ireland
1990
Six days of Antwerp
s Heerenhoek
1991
Dwars door Vlaanderen
Peer
Zwevezele
1992
Geetbets
GP Wielerrevue
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 17
1993
Three Days of De Panne
La Louvière
1995
Geraardsbergen
1996
Dilsen
Boss of the bossberg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From Roubaix to Wolverhampton - Eric's back at the races". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  2. ^ "DFL-Cyclingnews wants more Belgians". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-09-24.