Fedor den Hertog

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Fedor den Hertog
Personal information
Full nameFedor den Hertog
Born(1946-04-20)20 April 1946
Utrecht, Netherlands
Died12 February 2011(2011-02-12) (aged 64)
Ermelo, Netherlands
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired

Fedor Iwan den Hertog (20 April 1946 – 12 February 2011) was a Dutch racing cyclist. He won the Olympic 100 km team time trial in 1968 with Joop Zoetemelk, René Pijnen and Jan Krekels. He also won the national road championship in 1977.[1]


Hertog was born to a Dutch father and Russian mother.[1] As an amateur, he won the British Milk Race in 1969 and 1971. His most outstanding performance was the Rheinland-Pfalz tour in Germany in 1969, when he won nine of 11 stages and overall, 36 minutes ahead of the field.[2] He was national road champion in 1968 and pursuit champion in 1968 and 1971. He came third in the Olympic team time trial in 1972, but the team was disqualified for a doping offense.[1] In 1969 and 1970, Hertog won the Grand Prix des Nations, and in 1969 won the Tour of Belgium. An accident with a car in the Belgian Ardennes on 17 August 1967 came close to ending his career. Den Hertog was considered the best amateur of his time, and many professional teams wanted him, but he declined out of fear to lose his freedom.[2]

In 1974, Den Hertog finally turned professional but he had passed his peak.[2] He first rode the Tour de France in 1974. He rode three times for the Dutch team, Frisol, coming 27th, 18th and then not finishing, although in 1977 he won the stage to Rouen. He broke away from the field 21 km from the finish and won by 20 seconds. He dropped out with knee pain in the 13th stage.[3] He also rode for Lejeune-BP and the Belgian team, IJsboerke-Warncke Eis, but never with the success he had as an amateur.[4]

He won a stage in the Vuelta à España in 1977 but retired soon afterwards. He opened a bicycle business in Dilsen in Belgium but closed it for "personal circumstances".[3] In 2007, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, from which he died in February 2011.

His brother, Nidi, was a professional cyclist from 1974 to 1980.[5]

Major results[edit]

Fedor den Hertog with daughter in 1977
 Netherlands National Militaries Road Championship
 Netherlands National Amateur Track Pursuit Championship
1st, gold medalist(s) Olympic Games Team Time Trial (with Jan Krekels, René Pijnen and Joop Zoetemelk)
Milk Race
Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
Omloop der Kempen
Ronde van Limburg
Milk Race
 Netherlands National Amateur Track Pursuit Championship
Tour de l'Avenir
Olympia's Tour
Ronde van Midden-Zeeland
Liedekerkse Pijl
Netherlands Dutch National Road Race Championship
Trofee Jan van Erp
Tour de France:
Winner stage 10
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 3
GP Frans Verbeeck
Maaslandse Pijl

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Fedor den Hertog. Sports-reference.com. Retrieved on 25 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Pertijs, Ad (3 November 2009). "Fedor is nog steeds een mysterie". BN De Stem (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 8 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Fedor den Hertog – Wielerhelden. Wielerhelden.blogse.nl. Retrieved on 25 November 2013.
  5. ^ Nidi den Hertog. cyclingarchives.com

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jan Raas
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Henk Lubberding