Jean-Paul van Poppel

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Jean-Paul van Poppel
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Personal information
Full name Jean-Paul van Poppel
Nickname Popeye
Born (1962-09-30) 30 September 1962 (age 51)
Tilburg, the Netherlands
Team information
Current team Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
Discipline Road
Role Sports director
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
1985
1986
1987-1988
1989
1990
1991-1992
1993-1994
1995
Skala
Skala-Skil
Superconfex-Yoko
Panasonic-Isostar
Panasonic-Sportlife
PDM-Concorde
Festina-Lotus
Le Groupement/Individual sponsor
Managerial team(s)
2000
2001
2003
2004
2005-2006
2007-2008
2009-2010
2011-present
Dutch national woman team
Acca Dueo
American national woman team
Farm Frites - Hartol
Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
Team Flexpoint
Cervélo TestTeam
Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
Major wins
Tour de France: Maillot vert 1987, 9 stages overall
Vuelta a España: 9 stages overall
Giro d'Italia: 4 stages overall
Infobox last updated on
3 April 2009

Jean-Paul van Poppel (born 30 September 1962 in Tilburg, Noord-Brabant) is a former Dutch racing cyclist, who was nicknamed Popeye.

Van Poppel was one of the most successful Dutch road sprinters. He won stages in mass sprints in all three Grand Tours, sometimes from positions that appeared lost. In the Tour de France he won 9 stages altogether. In 1988 he won 4 stages, the highest won number by a Dutch cyclist in one tour.[1]

Van Poppel won the points classification in the 1987 Tour de France. After he ended his career in 1995, he became a directeur sportif in women's cycling. With his first wife, cyclist Leontine van der Lienden, Jean-Paul van Poppel has two sons, Boy van Poppel and Danny van Poppel, who are both member of the Vacansoleil-DCM cycling team, and a daughter Kim.[2] Van der Lienden and Van Poppel have since divorced. Van Poppel remarried in 2004 with one of his team members, cyclist Mirjam Melchers.

From 2009-2010 he was one of the Sports Directors at the Cervélo Test Team based in Switzerland.[3] From 2011, he has served as a Sports Director for the Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team.

Major victories[edit]

Source:[4]

1985
7th stage Danmark Rundt
5th stage Tour de l'Avenir
3rd stage part A Tour of Belgium
1986
Giro d'Italia: stages 2 and 13
4th stage Tirreno–Adriatico
1987
Tour de France: stages 8 and 17
Jersey green.svg winner points classification
Tour of Sweden: stages 5, 6a and 7
1988
Tour de France: stages 3, 10, 17 and 22.
1989
Giro d'Italia: stages 1 and 15
Veenendaal–Veenendaal
1991
Tour de France: stage 7
Vuelta a España: stages 6, 9, 13 and 21
5th stage Paris–Nice
1992
Tour de France: stage 10
Vuelta a España: stages 3 and 5
1993
Vuelta a España: stages 4 and 8
1994
Tour de France: stage 2
Vuelta a España: stage 9
Étoile de Bessèges

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nederlandse helden: Jean-Paul van Poppel (Dutch)
  2. ^ Rob Lampard (13 September 2012). "De Maar wins alone in Stoke". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Van Poppel signs with Cervelo
  4. ^ Jean-Paul van Poppel profile at Cycling Archives