Bram Tankink

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Bram Tankink
Bram Tankink, Tour of California 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full nameBram Tankink
Nickname
  • The Tank
  • The Beast from the East
Born (1978-12-03) 3 December 1978 (age 41)
Haaksbergen, the Netherlands
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Amateur team(s)
2000Löwik Meubelen–Tegeltoko
Professional team(s)
2001–2002Domo–Farm Frites–Latexco
2003–2007Quick-Step–Davitamon
2008–2018Rabobank

Bram Tankink (born 3 December 1978) is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer,[1] who competed between 2000 and 2018 for the Löwik Meubelen–Tegeltoko, Domo–Farm Frites, Quick-Step–Innergetic and LottoNL–Jumbo squads.

Born in Haaksbergen, Tankink started his career as a mountain biker, but in 1999 he became a road rider. In 2000 he became Dutch champion of the espoirs which resulted in a professional contract for 2001 at Domo–Farm Frites–Latexco. He stayed with this team for two years until he and a few others from this team went over to Quick-Step–Davitamon. Tankink usually acted as a helper in this team, hardly ever racing for his own success; but he was so much appreciated that the team allowed him to participate in the 2005 Tour de France which he finished in good form. After the Tour he played an important part in the victory of Filippo Pozzato at the 2005 HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg and during the 2005 Deutschland Tour he won the first stage from Attenburg to Plauen. Tankink also won several criteriums after the Tour de France.

Tankink joined Rabobank in 2008. He remained with the team until his retirement in 2018.[1]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1999
3rd Overall Turul Romaniei
2000
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
2nd Overall Mainfranken Tour
2nd Overall Ster der Beloften
2004
6th Japan Cup
8th Tour du Haut Var
2005
1st Profronde van Maastricht
1st Profronde van Almelo
1st Stage 1 Deutschland Tour
3rd Profronde van Stiphout
3rd Profronde van Oostvoorne
2006
1st Mijl van Mares
2nd Profronde van Almelo
3rd GP Buchholz
3rd Profronde van Stiphout
7th Tour du Haut Var
2007
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
1st Profronde van Maastricht
3rd Acht van Chaam
7th Overall Eneco Tour
8th Grand Prix de Fourmies
2008
1st Profronde van Wierden
2nd Profronde van Zwolle
3rd Profronde van Heerlen
5th Overall Tour of Belgium
8th Overall Eneco Tour
8th Grand Prix de Wallonie
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2009
3rd Profronde van Zwolle
8th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
2010
3rd Overall Tour of Belgium
2011
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
5th Brabantse Pijl
5th Omloop van het Houtland
2013
9th Ruddervoorde Koerse
2014
6th Druivenkoers Overijse
6th Omloop van het Houtland

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 35 61 DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 111 93 40 59 DNF 144 64 40 55
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 94 64 34 103
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Notable riders retiring this season". Eurosport. Discovery, Inc. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019. Bram Tankink of Lotto NL Jumbo will be ending his 19-year career at the end of the season.

External links[edit]

Media related to Bram Tankink at Wikimedia Commons