Jurgen Van den Broeck

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Jurgen Van den Broeck
Jurgen Van Den Broeck.jpg
Van den Broeck at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Personal information
Full name Jurgen Van den Broeck
Nickname VDBke, JVDB, VDB2
Born (1983-02-01) 1 February 1983 (age 31)
Herentals, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Lotto-Belisol
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
Professional team(s)
2004–2006
2007–
US Postal
Predictor-Lotto
Major wins
Criterium du Dauphine 1 Stage
Infobox last updated on
2 January 2014

Jurgen Van den Broeck (born 1 February 1983) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Lotto-Belisol.[2] He specializes in the time trial, having been Junior World Champion against the clock in 2001. The promise he first displayed in minor stage races like the Tour de Romandie and Eneco Tour was later validated and confirmed by top-10 finishes in all three Grand Tours: the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.

Cycling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Herentals, Van den Broeck won the Junior World Time Trial Championship in 2001 and made his pro debut in 2003 as a stagiaire for the Quick Step-Davitamon-Latexco team.

US Postal/Discovery: 2004–2006[edit]

Rather than remaining in Belgium, however, Van den Broeck signed with the American US Postal of Lance Armstrong for his first full season as a professional in 2004. His only result of note that year was 6th-place overall in the Tour of Belgium.

Van den Broeck remained with Johan Bruyneel's team in 2005 when Discovery Channel took over the title sponsorship, and he continued with the Americans in 2006 after Armstrong retired. During that period he finished on the podium in stages of the Deutschland Tour and the Tour of Belgium (where he also won the KOM classification), and he rode to a top-20 finish overall in the Tour de Romandie. In June, however, Van den Broeck announced his intention to return to Belgium when he agreed to a two-year contract with the then-Davitamon squad, which would be re-branded in 2007 as Predictor-Lotto. The following month Van den Broeck scored his first win as a professional, taking the Schriek, Derny in Belgium ahead of Erwin Vervecken and future cyclocross world champion Niels Albert.[3] (Previous winners included Nick Nuyens, Dave Bruylandts, Jo Planckaert and Sven Nys).[4]

Lotto: 2007–present[edit]

At the age of 24, Van den Broeck managed to finish in the top-10 on GC at the 2007 Eneco Tour with his new team, though he also won the bronze medal in the Belgian National Time Trial Championships.[5] After completing his first Grand Tour in an anonymous 74th place at the 2007 Giro d'Italia, Van den Broeck finally showed that he had talent as a stage racer when he returned to Italy the following year and came seventh overall in the 2008 Giro d'Italia. Merely months later, both Riccardo Riccò and Emanuele Sella – respectively finishing 2nd and 6th in the 2008 Giro d'Italia – were sanctioned for doping.

Van den Broeck at the 2009 Eneco Tour

Showing excellent form in the 2009 Tour de France, Van den Broeck climbed with the leaders through the Alps. And although he had crashed heavily on the 4th stage (a team time trial), and lost more than seven minutes, his consistency resulted in 15th place in the GC ranking (which was later improved to 14th after the disqualification of 11th placed Mikel Astarloza for testing positive for EPO) and 9th place in the competition for the polka dot jersey. As the performances came at the end of Cadel Evans tenure at Silence-Lotto, the Belgian outfit decided that van den Broeck was capable and reliable enough to become their GC leader.

The following season he rode to an important and somewhat surprising 4th place (5th place before Contador's disqualification) in the 2010 Tour de France, becoming the first Belgian to finish in the top 5 since Claude Criquielion in 1986. After the Tour Van den Broeck won two criteriums: one in Peer and the other in his hometown of Herentals.

In the 2011 Tour de France, after an encouraging first week and while aiming for a GC podium spot, Van den Broeck had to abandon the race along with another GC-hopeful, Alexander Vinokourov, after a massive and spectacularly grim downhill crash which left him with a pneumothorax, broken ribs and a fractured shoulder.[6] Not to be deterred, however, Van den Broeck recovered from his injuries in time to compete in the 2011 Vuelta a España, where he finished 8th in GC.

In 2012, Van den Broeck finished 3rd in the Volta a Catalunya and has finished 5th in the Criterium du Dauphine, showing good form for the upcoming Tour de France. On Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour de France, a mountain top finish at Plateau de Beille, Van den Broeck lost 1 minute 54 seconds to stage winner Chris Froome after getting a flat just before the final climb. However Van den Broeck then showed his good form in the mountains to move him up to finishing 4th overall.

In 2013, Van den Broeck abandoned in the Tour de France after he crashed in stage 5.

Major achievements[edit]

2001
1st Arc en ciel.svg World Junior Time Trial Championships
2002
1st Overall Tour of Limburg
2003
1st Zellik–Galmaarden
2nd GP Istria 1
2nd GP Krka
2004
5th Overall Redlands Classic
6th Overall Tour of Belgium
2005
8th Overall Eneco Tour
2006
1st Mountains Classification, Tour of Belgium
8th Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
2007
3rd National Time Trial Championships
6th Overall Post Danmark Rundt
10th Overall Eneco Tour
2008
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
2009
1st Natourcriterium Herentals
4th Overall Eneco Tour
2010
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Overall Tour de France
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2011
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 1
8th Overall Vuelta a España
2012
3rd Overall Volta a Catalunya
4th Overall Volta ao Algarve
4th Overall Tour de France
5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
10th Overall La Flèche Wallonne
2013
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
5th Overall Tour de San Luis
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
2014
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 74 7 - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour - - 15 3 WD 4 WD 13
golden jersey Vuelta - - - - 8 WD -

WD = Withdrew

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