Tom Steels

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Tom Steels
Tom Steels.jpg
Personal information
Full name Tom Steels
Born (1971-09-02) 2 September 1971 (age 43)
 Belgium
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider (retired)
Professional team(s)
1994–1995
1996–2002
2003–2004
2005–2007
2008
Vlaanderen 2002
Mapei
Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
Davitamon-Lotto
Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner
Major wins

Tour de France, 9 stages
Belgian National Road Race Champion (1997, 1998, 2002, 2004)

Gent–Wevelgem (1996, 1999)
Infobox last updated on
2 January 2008

Tom Steels (born 2 September 1971, Sint-Gillis-Waas) is a former Belgian professional road bicycle racer, specialising in sprint finishes and one-day races. He was one of the top sprinters in the peloton.

Steels competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, in the Men's 1000 metres Time Trial, finishing 19th [1]

Steels began his professional cycling career in 1994 with the Vlaanderen 2002 team, winning eight times in his first two seasons. His breakthrough was after he signed with Mapei in 1996. That year he won Omloop Het Volk, and Gent–Wevelgem. In 1997, he rode in his first Tour de France, and looked capable of a stage win after coming second on Stage 2.[2] However, during the sprint for the finish for the sixth stage he found himself blocked and boxed in by other sprinters and in frustration threw his water bottle at another rider, for which he was thrown out of that year's Tour.[3]

His best season was 1998 when he won the national championship for the second time and returned to the Tour de France to win four stages. The point jersey would also have been his, as the people in front of him all admitted to doping. He was also national champion in 2002 and 2004 and won five more stages in the Tour. 2006 was his first year as a professional that he failed to win a race.

Steels retired from racing at the end of the 2008 season, during which he raced for Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner.[4][5] In October 2010 it was announced that he would work as a coach for Quick Step, a Protour team, during 2011.[6]

Career[edit]

Victories[edit]

1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
  • 3 Stages, Tour de France
  • Gent–Wevelgem
  • 2 Stages, Ruta del Sol
  • Stage, Paris–Nice
  • Stage, Driedaagse van de Panne
2000
  • 2 Stages, Tour de France
  • Stage, Tour de la Mediterrannée
  • Stage, Paris - Nice
  • Stage, Driedaagse van De Panne
  • 2 Stages, Tour de la Région Wallonne
2001
2002
2003
2004
  •  Belgium national road championship
  • Stage, Étoile de Bessèges
  • Stage, Tour de Luxembourg
  • 2 Stages, Tour de l'Autriche
  • Dernycriterium St Niklaas
2005
  • 2 Stages, Étoile de Bessèges
  • Stage, Volta ao Algarve
  • Stage, Driedaagse van De Panne-Koksijde

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Steels Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. 1971-09-02. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Tour de France, July 5-25 1997". Autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Tour de France 1997". Autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  4. ^ Bjorn Haake. "Tom Steels Will Call It Quits Next Year". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Tom Steels | Riders". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  6. ^ Barry Ryan. "Steels To Join Quick Step As Trainer". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 

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