Nick Nuyens

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Nick Nuyens
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Nuyens at the 2011 Four Days of Dunkirk
Personal information
Full name Nick Nuyens
Born (1980-05-05) 5 May 1980 (age 35)
Lier, Flanders, Belgium
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Cannondale-Garmin
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2003–2006 Quick Step-Davitamon
2007–2008 Cofidis
2009–2010 Rabobank
2011–2012 Saxo Bank-SunGard
2013–2014 Garmin-Sharp
Major wins

Stage races

Étoile de Bessèges (2007)
Ster Elektrotoer (2004)
Tour of Britain (2005)

One-day races and Classics

Tour of Flanders (2011)
Dwars door Vlaanderen (2011)
Grand Prix de Wallonie (2004, 2005, 2009)
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne (2006)
Omloop Het Volk (2005)
Paris–Brussels (2004)
Infobox last updated on
12 January 2014

Nick Nuyens (born 5 May 1980 in Lier) is a Belgian former professional road racing cyclist who last rode for UCI ProTeam Cannondale-Garmin.[1] His biggest wins included the semi-classics Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne, Omloop Het Volk, Paris–Brussels and the classic Tour of Flanders. He was a classics rider. He is married to the Belgian multiple national champion, Evy Van Damme. He retired in 2015 after failing to secure a new contract.[2]

Career[edit]

The year 2011 was a good one for him, since he took the victory on two classics in Flanders. At the end of March, he prevailed in a sprint at the Dwars door Vlaanderen, after desperately trying to steer clear of the group in the last 20 kilometres (12 mi) of the race. Geraint Thomas of Team Sky finished second, while the lead group was a few seconds away.[3] Two weeks later, Nuyens took one of the Monument of cycling, the Tour of Flanders (Tour of Flanders). After the Muur van Geraardsbergen, one of the big favorite Fabian Cancellara was caught by the bunch. Nuyens was part of the chasers that bridged to the leading group in the final kilometers, and a trio of riders were left to battle it out for the finish while another group was very close to them in the final meters. Nuyens got the best of Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and Cancellara in the three men sprint. Nuyens said of his biggest win of his career:“It was only in the final 50 meters that I started to fully realize what was happening, that I was about to win this beautiful race.”[4]

Nuyens left Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank at the end of the 2012 season, and joined Garmin-Sharp on a three-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.[1]

During the 2009 season he used a wood block under his saddle to prevent it from sagging in wet conditions.[5]

Palmares[edit]

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Grand Tour general classification results timeline:

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro WD WD
Yellow jersey Tour WD 121
red jersey Vuelta 78 127 161 WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nuyens signs with Garmin-Sharp through 2015". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/nuyens-set-to-announce-retirement
  3. ^ Nigel Wynn (23 March 2011). "Thomas second in Dwars door Vlaanderen as Nuyens wins". Velo News (2012 Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Ben Delaney (3 April 2011). "Nick Nuyens wins 2011 Tour of Flanders". Velo News (2012 Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  5. ^ http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id=/photos/2009/tech/features/gent_wevelgem109/GW_Rabobank_Nuyens_wood
  6. ^ http://www.cyclingbase.com/palcoureurs.php?id=1290&idtitle=1

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