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Hennie Kuiper

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Hennie Kuiper
Kuiper in 1988
Personal information
Full nameHendrikus Andreas Kuiper
Born (1949-02-03) 3 February 1949 (age 75)
Denekamp, Netherlands
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll-Rounder
Professional teams
1973–1974Rokado–De Gribaldy
1981–1983DAF Trucks–Côte d'Or
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
3 individual stages (1976, 1977, 1978)
2 TTT stages (1976, 1978)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (1975, 1976)

Stage Races

Tour de Suisse (1976)

Single-Day Races and Classics

Olymipc Road Race (1972)
World Road Race Championships (1975)
National Road Race Championships (1975)
Tour of Flanders (1981)
Giro di Lombardia (1981)
Paris–Roubaix (1983)
Milan–San Remo (1985)
Medal record
Representing the  Netherlands
Men's road bicycle racing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich Individual road race
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1975 Yvoir Professional road race
Hennie Kuiper, Tour de France 1978

Hendrikus Andreas "Hennie" Kuiper (born 3 February 1949) is a Dutch former professional road racing cyclist. His career includes a gold medal in the Olympic road race at Munich in 1972, becoming world professional road race champion in 1975, as well as winning four of the five "Monument" classics. He rode the Tour de France 12 times, finishing second twice and winning the stage to Alpe d'Huez on two occasions. Kuiper, Ercole Baldini and Paolo Bettini are the only riders to have won both the Olympic road race and the world professional road race.


Kuiper was born in Denekamp, in Overijssel province. His serious introduction to the bicycle was to and from school in Enschede. He started participating in junior races from 14 and from 19 to 23 he won 39 times as an amateur. The climax of his amateur career was gold in the Olympic road race in Munich in 1972, riding the final 40 km alone.[1] He also won the Tour of Britain (Milk Race) that year.

Professional career[edit]

Kuiper turned professional in 1973 with the small German team Haro-Rokado. His career took off in 1975 when he signed for the Dutch team, Frisol, where he got more chances to shine and formed a partnership with José De Cauwer (who worked for Kuiper in races) that lasted until 1980. The 1975 season saw Kuiper become world champion at Yvoir in Belgium, winning a tough race over 260 km, with 21 ascents of a 3 km (2 mi) climb.

Kuiper signed for TI–Raleigh in 1976 and finished second in the 1977 Tour de France 48 seconds behind Bernard Thévenet, who later admitted using steroids. Kuiper won the mountain stage at Alpe d'Huez, a feat he repeated in 1978. Kuiper finished fourth in the 1979 Tour and second in 1980 behind fellow Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk. That second place ended his best years as a stage race rider and in 1981 he moved to DAF Trucks and reinvented himself as a one-day classics rider. 1981 saw him win the Tour of Flanders and the Giro di Lombardia while in 1983 he won Paris–Roubaix, his 11th attempt at the hell of the north. In 1985, at 36, he won Milan–San Remo. His retirement came on 6 November 1988 at 39 at a small cyclo-cross at Oldenzaal in his home province.

Team manager[edit]

After retirement Kuiper managed the small German pro squad Team Stuttgart between 1989 and 1990. In 1991 he became head of the Telekom team. In 1992 he was approached by Jim Ochowicz, manager of the American Motorola team, to become assistant team manager. Kuiper stayed with Motorola for four years. Since 1997 he has worked for the Rabobank team in public relations, as well as coaching the Dutch national team on occasions. He has two sons from his first marriage with Ine Nolten: Patrick Kuiper and Bjorn Kuiper. He lives with his second wife, Marianne, in Lonneker.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

3rd Overall Tour of Yugoslavia
1st Stage 2
1st Overall Circuit de Saône-et-Loire
1st Stage 5 Tour of Yugoslavia
1st Stage 1a Trois jours de Hénin Liétard
3rd Overall Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st Stage 7
1st Road race, Olympic Games
1st Overall Milk Race
1st Overall Ronde van Drenthe
2nd Overall Tour du Limousin
10th Overall Trophée Peugeot de l'Avenir
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Aude
2nd Züri-Metzgete
4th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
5th Amstel Gold Race
10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Overall Tour d'Indre-et-Loire
1st GP Union Dortmund
2nd Paris–Camembert
7th Overall Paris–Nice
7th Overall Volta a Catalunya
9th Züri-Metzgete
1st Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Grand Prix Le Télégramme de Brest
2nd Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
3rd Trofeo Baracchi
4th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
5th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 18
7th Paris–Brussels
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
9th Amstel Gold Race
10th Overall Tour of the Netherlands
Tour de France
1st Stages 4 & 5a (TTT)
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2nd Omloop Het Volk
2nd Paris–Brussels
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
4th Paris–Roubaix
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Amstel Gold Race
6th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 4
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 3
10th Overall Tour of the Netherlands
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 17
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
3rd Amstel Gold Race
3rd Paris–Tours
4th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
6th Paris–Brussels
4th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
8th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
10th Paris–Roubaix
10th Tour of Flanders
Tour de France
1st Stages 4 (TTT) & 16
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
2nd Trofeo Baracchi
3rd Rund um den Henninger Turm
3rd Grand Prix des Nations
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
5th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
5th Amstel Gold Race
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Paris–Roubaix
6th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Overall Paris–Nice
9th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Prologue
3rd Paris–Roubaix
4th Overall Tour de France
4th Overall Critérium National de la Route
5th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
6th Grand Prix de Wallonie
7th Overall Tour de l'Aude
7th Tour of Flanders
7th Grand Prix des Nations
8th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
8th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
9th La Flèche Wallonne
10th Giro di Lombardia
10th Gent–Wevelgem
2nd Overall Tour de France
2nd Overall Tour d'Indre-et-Loire
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
4th Paris–Brussels
5th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
5th Giro di Lombardia
7th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Grand Prix de Wallonie
8th Gent–Wevelgem
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Tour of Flanders
2nd Overall Tour of the Netherlands
6th Paris–Roubaix
6th Giro dell'Emilia
6th Nationale Sluitingsprijs
7th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
8th Paris–Tours
9th Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
2nd Trofeo Baracchi
5th La Flèche Wallonne
6th Amstel Gold Race
6th Brabantse Pijl
6th Paris–Tours
7th Overall Paris–Nice
8th Paris–Brussels
9th Overall Tour de France
10th Giro di Lombardia
1st Paris–Roubaix
2nd Trofeo Baracchi
4th Giro di Lombardia
5th Overall Vuelta a España
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Grand Prix de Fourmies
9th Paris–Roubaix
10th Züri-Metzgete
1st Milan–San Remo
3rd Tour of Flanders
5th Bordeaux–Paris
6th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
8th Paris–Roubaix
10th Trofeo Laigueglia
10th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
5th Rund um den Henninger Turm
3rd Veenendaal–Veenendaal Classic
8th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
10th Overall Critérium International

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
A yellow jersey Vuelta a España 5 6 5
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 16 DNF 22 44
A yellow jersey Tour de France 11 DNF 2 DNF 4 2 30 9 DNF 56 DNF 95

DNF = Did Not Finish

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hennie Kuiper Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by