Jeroen Blijlevens

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Jeroen Blijlevens
Jeroen Blijlevens Ruta del Sol 95.jpg
Personal information
Full name Jeroen Johannes Hendrikus Blijlevens
Born (1971-12-29) 29 December 1971 (age 45)
Gilze en Rijen, the Netherlands
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1994–1999 TVM
2000 Team Polti
2001 Lotto
2002 Domo
2003–2004 BankGiroLoterij
Managerial team(s)
2013 LottoNL–Jumbo

Jeroen Johannes Hendrikus Blijlevens (born 29 December 1971 in Gilze en Rijen, North Brabant) is a retired road bicycle racer from the Netherlands, who was a professional rider from 1994 to 2004.

Nicknamed Jerommeke, he was one of Holland's leading sprinters in the 1990s, claiming victories in the three big races (Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Giro d'Italia). He won a total number of 74 races in his professional career. After retirement he worked as a cycling co-commentator at Eurosport Netherlands.

Biography[edit]

Blijlevens was born in 1971, as a son of a shoe sales man. In 1990, he won his first race as an amateur.[1] He scored nineteen victories as an amateur,[1] and at the end of 1993 was signed by Cees Priem for TVM–Bison Kit.[2] Blijlevens showed good results in his first years, and in 1995 was selected to ride the Tour de France,[3] where he won the fifth stage.[1] Blijlevens, not a good climber, left the race before the Alps.[4]

In 1996, Blijlevens again won a stage in the Tour de France. In 1997, he finished second to Erik Zabel in the sixth stage of the Tour de France, but when the jury disqualified Zabel for irregular sprinting, the victory was given to Blijlevens.[5] In 1998 Blijlevens on the fourth stage of the Tour. That Tour was full of doping allegations, also towards the TVM team, and as soon as the race had past the French-Swiss border, Blijlevens left the race, as a protest against the treatments by the French police.[6]

In 1999, Blijlevens wore the pink jersey as leader of the general classification in the Giro d'Italia, after winning the third stage.[7] After the events of 1998, the TVM team was excluded from the 1999 Tour de France. The cyclists of TVM started a legal procedure to force the Tour organisers to invite them, but failed.[8] At the end of that year, Blijlevens left TVM for Team Polti.

In 2000, Blijlevens invested in his climbing-abilities, but this did not work out as planned, and Blijlevens was not as successful as before. He failed to win a stage in the 2000 Tour de France, and was even disqualified in the last stage after fighting with Bobby Julich.[9] When Polti stopped as a sponsor at the end of the year, Blijlevens signed for Lotto–Adecco for 2001.[10]

In 2001, Blijlevens rode the 2001 Giro d'Italia, where the Italian police raided his team's hotel, but no forbidden products were found. As a protest against this treatment, the cyclists refused to start the eighteenth stage.[11]

At the end of 2001, Blijlevens could not find a new team, and made plans to ride as an amateur again,[12] but finally he signed a contract for one year at Domo–Farm Frites. Blijlevens rode for a low base salary, with bonuses for victories.[13] After a year full of injuries, Blijlevens was not given a contract for 2004, and switched to the Bankgiroloterij team.[14]

After his retirement at the end of 2004, Blijlevens made plans to break the speed record on a bicycle,[15] but failed to do so.

In June 2013 he became sports director of the new LottoNL–Jumbo team, and as part of a Dutch nationwide doping inquiry signed a statement saying he had never used doping.[16] In July he was named in a French Senate report as one of many cyclists who had tested positive for EPO during retesting of samples from the 1998 Tour de France,[17] Blijlevens then confessed that he had used EPO since 1997, and that he had lied in the investigation because he wanted to keep his job.[18]

Major results[edit]

1992
PWZ Zuidenveld Tour
1993
GP de Lillers
1995
Draai van de Kaai
Profronde van Pijnacker
Ronde van Midden-Zeeland
Trofeo Alcudia
Made
Tour de France:
Winner stage 5
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 10
1996
Draai van de Kaai
Trofeo Mallorca
Profronde van Heerlen
Tour de France:
Winner stage 5
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 5
1997
Hengelo
Veenendaal–Veenendaal
Profronde van Wateringen
Profronde van Surhuisterveen
Tour de France:
Winner stage 6
1998
Woerden
Tour de France:
Winner stage 4
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 2 and 5
1999
Grand Prix de Denain
Profronde van Pijnacker
Trofeo Mallorca
Nokere Koerse
Scheldeprijs
Made
Profronde van Stiphout
Dwars door Gendringen
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 21
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stages 3 and 7
2000
Mijl van Mares
2003
Ruddervoorde

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Blijlevens van de hel in de hemel". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 7 July 1995. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Priem lijft amateur Blijlevens in". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 6 October 1993. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Blijlevens mee naar de Tour". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 26 June 1995. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Blijlevens trekt zwembroek aan". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 10 July 1995. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blijlevens heeft toch zijn parel". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 12 July 1997. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jeroen Blijlevens: een sprinter op de vlucht". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 31 July 1998. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Een tweede plaats telt niet voor mij". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 18 May 1999. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "TVM spant civiele procedure aan". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 19 June 1999. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blijlevens gediskwalificeerd na handgemeen met Julich". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 24 June 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Blijlevens naar Lotto". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 12 October 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Politie-inval in Giro déjà-vu voor Blijlevens". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 12 October 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blijlevens: 'Ik denk dat ik bij de amateurs ga rijden'". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 11 October 2001. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "'In het buitenland is nog altijd geloof in Blijlevens'". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 15 November 2001. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Blijlevens naar Bankgiroloterij". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 3 December 2002. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Blijlevens wil snelste ter wereld zijn". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). Regionaal Archief Leiden. 3 December 2002. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Moet Jeroen Blijlevens nu weg bij Belkin?". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  17. ^ José Been (2012-11-28). "Belkin Sports Director Jeroen Blijlevens Implicated In French Senate's Report". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  18. ^ Been, José (25 July 2013). "Blijlevens leaves Belkin over 1998 Tour de France EPO evidence". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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