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 34)
Lier, Flanders, Belgium
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Garmin-Sharp
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2003–2006
2007–2008
2009–2010
2011–2012
2013–
Quick Step-Davitamon
Cofidis
Rabobank
Saxo Bank-SunGard
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 professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Garmin-Sharp.[1] His biggest wins to date include the semi-classics Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne, Omloop Het Volk, Paris–Brussels and the classic Tour of Flanders. He is generally viewed as a classics rider. He is married to the Belgian multiple national champion, Evy Van Damme. During the 2009 season he used a wood block under his saddle to prevent it from sagging in wet conditions [1], as seen in a photo [2] taken before the start of the 2009 Gent–Wevelgem race.

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.[2] 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.”[3]

Nuyens left Team 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]

Palmares[edit]

[4]

2002
1st National Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st Under-23 Tour of Flanders
2003
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
2004
1st Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st Stage 3
1st Paris–Brussels
1st GP de Wallonie
1st GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
2005
1st Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st GP de Wallonie
1st Omloop Het Volk
2nd Overall Ster Elektrotoer
2nd Druivenkoers Overijse
2006
1st Stage 3 Tour de Suisse
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
2nd GP de Wallonie
2nd Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau
3rd Brabantse Pijl
4th Vattenfall Cyclassics
2007
1st Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 1 Eneco Tour
2nd Brabantse Pijl
4th Omloop Het Volk
7th Tour of Flanders
2008
2nd Omloop Het Volk
2nd Tour of Flanders
9th UCI Road Championships
2009
1st GP de Wallonie
8th Amstel Gold Race
2010
1st Stage 5 Tour of Austria
2011
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st Tour of Flanders
3rd Klasika Primavera

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. ^ Nigel Wynn (23 March 2011). "Thomas second in Dwars door Vlaanderen as Nuyens wins". Velo News (2012 Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Ben Delaney (3 April 2011). "Nick Nuyens wins 2011 Tour of Flanders". Velo News (2012 Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.cyclingbase.com/palcoureurs.php?id=1290&idtitle=1

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