Gerben Karstens

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Gerben Karstens
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Personal information
Full name Gerben Karstens
Born (1942-01-14) 14 January 1942 (age 72)
Voorburg, the Netherlands
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Infobox last updated on
June 30, 2008

Gerben Karstens (born 14 January 1942 in Voorburg, Zuid-Holland) is a former professional racing cyclist from the Netherlands, who won the gold medal in the 100 km team trial at the 1964 Summer Olympics, alongside Bart Zoet, Evert Dolman, and Jan Pieterse. At the same Olympics he finished 27th in the Individual road race.

Biography[edit]

After the Olympic Games, Karstens started a successful professional career, where he won six stages in the Tour de France, 14 stages in the Vuelta a España, 1 stage in the Giro d'Italia, and other races such as Paris–Tours and GP Fourmies. He became Dutch national road race champion in 1966.

In the 1974 Tour de France, Karstens finished second in the fourth stage. Afterwards, he forgot to take the doping tests. The tour organisation set him back to the last place of the stage results, and gave him 10 minutes penalty time in the overall classification, which made him lose his third place.[1] One day later, the jury took the penalty time back. Thanks to 5 seconds of bonification that Karstens won during intermediate sprints, he took over the yellow jersey from Eddy Merckx.[2]

Palmarès[edit]

1962
Ronde van Limburg
1964
Ronde van Noord-Holland
Ronde van Overijssel
Gold medal 100 km team time trial 1964 Olympic games
1965
Beveren-Waas
Sint-Amands
Rijen
Essen
Boom
Paris–Tours
Tour de France:
Winner stage 21
1966
Acht van Chaam
Critérium des As
Netherlands Dutch National Road Race Championship
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 12, 15B and 17
Denderleeuw
Eede
Bonheiden
Tour de France:
Winner stages 3B and 9
1967
Saint-Claid
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 7, 10B, 17 and 18
Hamme
1968
Belsele
Hansweert
Grand Prix de Fourmies
1969
Gap
Rijkevoorsel
Putte-Mechelen
Langemark
1971
Booischot
Heusden
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 11A
Tour de France:
Winner stage 1B
Born
Koersel
Le Quillo
1972
Pléaux
Ulestraten
Polderpijl
Plessala
1973
Critérium des As
Omloop van het Waasland
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 2, 5, 7 and 12
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 5
Zwijndrecht
Six days of London (with Leo Duyndam)
1974
Nice-Seillans
Tour du Haut Var
Stekene
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 16
Sint-Amandsberg
Tour de France:
Wearing yellow jersey for two days
1975
Kamerik
Six days of Rotterdam (with Leo Duyndam)
Dongen
1976
Gouden Pijl Emmen
Tour de France:
Winner stages 18C and 22B
Profronde van Pijnacker
Saussignac
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 12
1977
Dordrecht
Petegem-aan-de-Leie
1978
Leiden
Mijl van Mares

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jo de Roo
Dutch National Road Race Champion
1966
Succeeded by
No Winner