Marc Wauters

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Marc Wauters
Marc WAUTERS.jpg
Personal information
Full name Marc Wauters
Nickname De Soldaat (The Soldier)
Born (1969-02-23) 23 February 1969 (age 45)
Hasselt, Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time-triallist
Professional team(s)
1991-1993
1994-1995
1996-1997
1998-2006
Lotto
WordPerfect
Lotto
Rabobank
Major wins

Tour de France, 1 stage
Paris–Tours (1999)
Tour de Luxembourg (1999)
GP Eddy Merckx (1999, 2001)
Belgium National Time-trial Champion

(2002, 2003, 2005)
Infobox last updated on
11 January 2007

Marc Wauters (born 23 February 1969 in Hasselt, Belgium) is a former Belgian cyclist who was professional from 1991 until 2006. The 2004 Olympian, nicknamed The Soldier[1] was a member of the Rabobank cycling team of the UCI ProTour since 1998 and had to end his career several weeks short because of a broken collarbone which he suffered during a training on 20 September 2006.[2]

Wauters participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where he took part in both the road race and the time trial without any success.[3][4] In his early career, between 1991 and 1996 he won several of the smaller road races in The Netherlands and Belgium he was cycling in. The only exception to this was his win in the 5th stage of the 1995 Vuelta a Andalucía.[5]

In 1997 and 1998 Wauters didn't win a single race, although he became 7th at the World Cycling Championships 1998, his highest position in this event during his career. From 1999 on after winning the GP Eddy Merckx he started achieving wins again. In this year he also won Paris–Tours, 2 stages in the Tour de Luxembourg plus the overall ranking and the overall classification in the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt. Trying to defend his title in Rheinland-Pfalz he won 3rd stage in 2000. At the end of the tour he had defended his title successively. He won the GP Eddy Merckx for the second time in his career in 2001. His Tour de France stage win in the same year turned out to be his last win in his career outside of Belgium. Wauters was known as a worker in the peloton and didn't win much, but helped his team mates achieving decent results. Meanwhile he developed himself into one of Belgium's best time trial specialists, winning the Belgium championships in 2002, 2003 and 2005. At the 2004 World Championships he finished on a 7th position.[1]

On 15 October 2006 a memorial race was held in Zolder, Belgium to wave Wauters officially goodbye from the sport.[2]

Tour de France[edit]

Wauters started in a total of 10 Tour de France editions, finishing in Paris eight times. His highest final ranking was 43rd in 2000.[6] The year after, during the 2001 Tour de France Wauters won the second stage, held from Calais to Antwerp. He was part of a breakaway containing 16 cyclists together with teammate Erik Dekker. Wauters got away from the group together with Arnaud Pretot who he beat in the final sprint. Because of his decent result in the prologue two days prior in Dunkerque he wore the yellow jersey for a day, before losing it to Stuart O'Grady.[7]

Major achievements[edit]

1987
1st Belgian junior time trial championships
1991
1st Liedekerkse Pijl
1994
1st Ronde van Limburg
1st Ster van Zwolle
1st Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem - Dr Tistaertprijs
1995
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Andalucía
1996
1st Sint-Truiden Criterium
1999
1st GP Eddy Merckx
1st Paris–Tours
1st overall Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st Stage 1 Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 4 Tour de Luxembourg
1st overall Tour de Luxembourg
2000
1st Peer Criterium
1st Stage 3 (B) Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st overall Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
2001
1st GP Eddy Merckx
1st 2nd stage Tour de France
2002
1st Belgium Belgian National Time Trial Championships
2003
1st Belgium Belgian National Time Trial Championships
2004
1st Kortrijk Criterium
2005
1st Belgium Belgian National Time Trial Championships
2006
1st Peer Criterium
1st 's Gravenwezel Criterium

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marc Wauters profile at Cycling Archives
  2. ^ a b Abrupt einde aan carrière Wauters, nos.nl, 20 September 2006
  3. ^ Sydney 2000 results cycling, espn.go.com, 27 September 2000
  4. ^ Athens 2004 results cycling, news.bbc.co.uk, 14 August 2004
  5. ^ Marc Wauters - Belangrijke overwinningen, cyclebase.nl
  6. ^ The Tour since 1903, past results for Marc WAUTERS (BEL), letour.fr
  7. ^ Tour de France : Local hero Wauters to wear yellow jersey, tcm.ie breaking news, 9 July 2001