Koen de Kort
De Kort at the 2008 Dreidaagse van West-Vlaanderen
|Full name||Koen de Kort|
8 September 1982 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb)|
He was born in Gouda and grew up in Liempde. From 2002 to 2004, he was in the development team of the Rabobank cycling team. De Kort had a promising amateur career with wins in the Under 23 version of Paris–Roubaix. In 2005 he became professional with the ProTour team Liberty Serguros-Wurth of Manolo Saiz. That year he won a stage in the 2005 Tour de l'Avenir. In 2007 De Kort joined the Astana. Following the positive tests for heterologous blood doping by team members Alexander Vinokourov and Andrey Kashechkin, Astana did not have much chance to compete in 2007 and was limited in 2008. Speaking to Dutch media, De Kort expressed his frustrations at not having the chance to compete after being in a similar situation in 2006 with the Liberty Serguros team. He left Astana at the end of the 2008 season, and joined the Skil-Shimano team.
De Kort had a successful three years at Skil-Shimano with 5th at Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, 12th at the Eneco Tour and 4th at Ster Elektrotoer all in 2008, he stayed with the team in 2012, when it rebranded to Argos-Shimano and finished 3rd in Dwars Door Vlaanderen as well as 16th in the World Championships Road Race in Valkenburg, both in 2012.
From 2013-17, de Kort was a vital member of the Team Giant squad, representing the team at seven Grand Tours and 12 Classics.
In 2017, de Kort joined Trek-Segafredo.
He is married to Australian, Kaitlin de Kort, and splits his time between Europe and Australia.
- 1st Overall Ronde van Vlaams-Brabant
- 1st Stage 1
- 1st Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
- 1st Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
- 2nd Under–23 race, National Cyclo-cross Championships
- 3rd Overall Paris–Corrèze
- 1st Stage 4 Tour de l'Avenir
- 3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
- 4th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
- 1st Suzuka Road Race in Japan
- 9th Overall Tour of Britain
- 3rd Dwars door Vlaanderen
- 7th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
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