Kenny van Hummel
Van Hummel at the 2008 Eneco Tour.
|Full name||Kenny Robert van Hummel|
30 September 1982 |
Elden, the Netherlands
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
Kenny Robert van Hummel (born 30 September 1982) is a retired road bicycle racer from the Netherlands, who specialised in sprint finishes. He competed professionally between 2006 and 2014, with the Skil-Shimano, Vacansoleil-DCM and Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela teams.
Born in Elden, Gelderland, van Hummel started cycling races at the age of seven, and one year later he became a member of cycling club "De Adelaar" in Apeldoorn. He had a successful youth career, and at 1998 joined the Rabobank youth team. He started road races and cyclo-cross races. In 2000, his second year as a junior, he came in fourth in the 2000 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships for juniors.
In 2004, van Hummel changed teams to Van Hemert-Eurogifts. Van Hummel won a sprint in the ZLM Tour, and became second in the national championships for espoirs. One year later, Van Hummel won the Dutch road race championship for cyclists without professional contract, and won five criteriums.
In 2006, Van Hummel became a professional cyclist for Skil-Shimano. In that year he reached the podium in stages of the Tour of Belgium and the ENECO Tour, and won the Tour of North-Holland, which finished in a sprint.
2009 was a successful year for Van Hummel, especially the month of May. He won five races, the Profronde van Fryslan, Dutch Food Valley Classic, the Tour de Rijke and a stage in the Four Days of Dunkirk, and confirmed that he could win sprints as a professional. He became leader in the 2008–2009 UCI Europe Tour. At the Dutch National Road Race Championships, Van Hummel was competing for the win all day. Koos Moerenhout escaped close to the end, but Van Hummel finished second by winning the sprint.
Van Hummel was selected to join the 2009 Tour de France, after his team Skil-Shimano received a wildcard. Van Hummel was the first one to leave in time trial in the first stage, and finished the time trial in the second-worst time. After the sixth stage, Van Hummel was ranked last in the general classification. In the following mountain stages, Van Hummel could not keep up with the other cyclists, and finished among the last cyclists every day, sometimes riding tens of kilometers on his own, with a large margin to the other cyclists. His difficulties were increased by the fact that his team felt they could not afford to devote a domestique to assist Van Hummel (as is commonly done for other sprinters such as Mark Cavendish), as they could not afford to run the risk of having both riders disqualified. His daily struggle against the time limit, and his positive attitude made him a popular cyclist in the Netherlands. In the seventeenth stage, he fell and had to leave the race due to his sustained injuries.
After the mountain stages, the French newspaper L'Équipe named Van Hummel the "worst climber ever" in the Tour de France. The newspaper said that it never happened before that the same cyclist finished last in every mountain stage. What they did not say was that some other riders already left the tour because of the heavy mountain stages.
Van Hummel is also a well known philosophy writer. His latest book, "Inside the Human Mind: A Biker's Guide to Bliss", Van Hummel discusses the value of both human interaction and human dis-interaction as tools one can use to better oneself. It is available as both an e-book and hardcover.
- 1st ZLM Tour
- 7th Omloop van het Houtland
- 3rd National Track Championships, Madison (with Aart Vierhouten)
- 8th Dutch Food Valley Classic
- 9th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
- 1st Ronde van Noord-Holland
- 5th Schaal Sels-Merksem
- 6th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
- 4th Dutch Food Valley Classic
- 10th Paris–Brussels
- 1st Ronde van Overijssel
- 1st Batavus Pro Race
- 1st Dutch Food Valley Classic (Veenendaal – Veenendaal)
- 1st Tour de Rijke
- 1st Peperbus Profspektakel
- 1st Stage 1 Four Days of Dunkirk
- 2nd National Road Race Championships
- 2nd Ronde van Drenthe
- 2nd Grote Scheldeprijs
- 2nd Ronde van Noord-Holland
- 3rd Arno Wallaard Memorial
- 8th Münsterland Giro
- Tour of Hainan
- 1st Stages 4, 5, 7 & 9
- 1st Stage 1 Tour de Picardie
- 1st Stage 2 Tour of Belgium
- 2nd Arno Wallaard Memorial
- 2nd Dutch Food Valley Classic
- 2nd Omloop van het Houtland
- 4th Ronde van Overijssel
- 5th Ronde van het Groene Hart
- 8th Trofeo Cala Millor
- 8th Profronde van Fryslan
- 1st Overall Ronde van Drenthe
- 1st Stages 1 & 2
- 1st Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
- Tour of Hainan
- 1st Points classification
- 1st Stages 6, 7 & 9
- 1st Stage 8 Tour of Turkey
- 2nd Handzame Classic
- 2nd Tour de Rijke
- 7th Nationale Sluitingsprijs
- 10th Scheldeprijs
- 2nd Overall Tour de Picardie
- 1st Stage 2
- 2nd Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
- 2nd Grand Prix d'Isbergues
- 3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
- 5th Handzame Classic
- 5th Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
- 5th Halle–Ingooigem
- 6th Grand Prix de Denain
- 9th Paris–Brussels
- 2nd Overall Arctic Race of Norway
- 1st Stage 1
- 2nd Handzame Classic
- 3rd Overall Tour de Picardie
- 3rd Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
- 3rd Dutch Food Valley Classic
- 5th Omloop van het Houtland
- 1st Stage 6 Tour de Langkawi
- 1st Stage 1 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan
- 1st Stage 10 Vuelta a Venezuela
- 4th Grand Prix de Denain
- 4th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
- 6th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
- 8th Volta Limburg Classic
- 9th Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Withdrew = WD; In progress = IP.
- Been, José (20 November 2013). "Kenny van Hummel to ride with Androni-Venzuela in 2014". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- "Van Hummel announces retirement". Cyclingnews.com (Immediate Media Company). 22 November 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- UCI Europe Tour : Van Hummel still in the lead UCI, 3 July 2009
- (Dutch) Moerenhout Nederlands Kampioen Wielrennen
- 'Van Hummel slechtste klimmer ooit' De Telegraaf, 23 juli 2009
- Benson, Daniel (1 August 2011). "Kenny Van Hummel signs for Vacansoleil". Cycling News. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- "Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team (VCD) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
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