Gert Steegmans

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Gert Steegmans
Gert Steegmans 2008.jpg
Steegmans at the 2008 Four Days of Dunkirk.
Personal information
Full name Gert Steegmans
Nickname Steggels
Born (1980-09-30) 30 September 1980 (age 33)
Hasselt, Belgium
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)
Team information
Current team Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
2000
2001
2002
Mapei-Latexco
Domo Farm Frites (stagiaire)
Domo-Latexco
Professional team(s)
2003–2006
2007–2008
2009
2010
2011–
Lotto-Domo
Quick Step-Innergetic
Team Katusha
Team RadioShack
Quick Step
Major wins
Tour de France, 2 stages
Paris–Nice, 2 stages
Infobox last updated on
20 March 2014

Gert Steegmans (born 30 September 1980 in Hasselt) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who rides for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step.[1] He has a strong finishing sprint and can compete in the sprint with fellow Belgian cyclist, and team-mate, Tom Boonen.

Career overview[edit]

Although Steegmans was already known in Belgium, he gained more popularity outside Belgium as he piloted Robbie McEwen to two stage wins during the 2006 Tour de France.

During the second stage of the 2007 Tour de France, a Liquigas rider fell sideways in the last 3 kilometres causing others to fall. Around 20 riders fell blocking the entire road and leaving approximately 30 riders to sprint for the victory, eventually taken by Steegmans in his home country ahead of his compatriot and team-mate Tom Boonen, who took over the green jersey by coming second in the stage.

On 6 July 2008, it was announced Steegmans signed a two-year contract with Tinkoff Credit Systems.[2] In the Tour de France, he won the prestigious stage at Champs-Élysées. Team Tinkoff later folded under that name, and the management and ridership re-emerged as Team Katusha.

Steegmans made headlines in the weeks leading up to the 2009 Tour de France with his refusal to sign an anti-doping agreement which Team Katusha was trying to get all its riders to sign. The agreement called for any rider who tested positive for a doping substance to pay a fine of five times their annual salary. Steegmans persisted in his refusal even after an ultimatum handed down by the team, which resulted in his not being selected for Katusha's Tour de France squad.[3] Katusha and Steegmans dissolved his contract on 5 August after Steegmans' continuing refusal to sign the anti-doping charter.[4] Team RadioShack announced that he would be joining the team in 2010 [5] starting with the Tour Down Under in late January.[6]

On 7 March 2010, during the time-trial for the Paris–Nice race, he was injured in a whirlwind accident, breaking a collarbone.[7]

Personal[edit]

Steegmans is married to former runway model and Tour de France podium girl Laura Leturgie,[8] and they have one child, daughter Maélya (born on 6 June 2011).

Palmares[edit]

1996
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Under-17 Road Race Championships
1998
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Under-19 Time Trial Championships
2000
4th GP Wielerrevue
7th Hasselt–Spa–Hasselt
2002
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st Zesbergenprijs Harelbeke
8th Hasselt–Spa–Hasselt
2003
8th Rund um den Flughafen Köln/Bonn
2004
5th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
2005
1st Nationale Sluitingprijs
1st Stage 1 Tour de Picardie
6th Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
2006
1st Stage 2 Tour de Picardie
1st Stage 3 Four Days of Dunkirk
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stages 3 & 4
3rd Scheldeprijs
5th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 5
6th Doha GP
6th Omloop Het Volk
6th Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
2007
1st Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
1st Stages 2 & 4
1st Tour de Rijke
1st Stage 2 Tour de France
1st Stage 1 Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 3 Three Days of De Panne
1st Stage 4 Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour of Qatar
3rd Scheldeprijs
5th Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
2008
Paris–Nice
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 21 Tour de France
1st Stage 2 Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
1st Trofeo Calvia
1st Profronde van Friesland
1st Halle–Ingooigem
2nd Paris–Brussels
3rd Trofeo Cala Millor
4th Trofeo Mallorca
2009
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Trofeo Mallorca[9]
2010
3rd Paris–Tours
4th Binche–Tournai–Binche
8th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
9th Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
2011
1st Nokere Koerse
10th Overall Tour of Qatar
2012
4th Overall Tour of Qatar
2014
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
4th Nokere Koerse

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team (OPQ) – BEL". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ AFP: Gert Steegmans to ditch Quick.Step for Tinkoff
  3. ^ Stokes, Shane (2009-06-22). "Steegmans won't sign Katusha's anti-doping agreement". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  4. ^ Cycling News (2009-08-05). "Steegmans, Katusha dissolve contract". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  5. ^ "RadioShack Cycling announcements continue". Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  6. ^ Gregor Brown (2009-11-14). "Armstrong in Bruyneel's early Tour Down Under team selection". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  7. ^ "Belgian rider in whirlwind crash". BBC News. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Beauté du Tour : Laura Leturgie". Le Blog de l'Ardoisier. 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  9. ^ Katusha Team Blog "Trofeo Mallorca 2009: Double win for Katusha ", 2009-02-08. Retrieved on 2009-02-08.

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