Laurens ten Dam
Ten Dam at the 2011 Tour de France
|Full name||Laurens ten Dam|
13 November 1980 |
Bedum, the Netherlands
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)|
|Current team||Team Sunweb|
A native of the village of Zuidwolde in Groningen, ten Dam has been racing since 2002. A decent climber, ten Dam has been able to finish in the top ten in many important stage races including the Volta a Catalunya in 2007, The Tour Down Under, the Tour of California, and the Tour de Suisse in 2011. He also recorded two top ten finishes in Grand Tours: he finished 8th in the Vuelta a España and 9th in the Tour de France, and won the Mountains Classification in the Tour de Romandie in 2009.
In the 2013 Tour de France, ten Dam had an excellent first two weeks of the Tour, sitting 5th overall after the end of the second week with his teammate, Bauke Mollema 2nd overall. However, in the last week, ten Dam struggled to stay with the General Classification contenders making him slip out of the top ten, finishing 13th overall.
At the 2014 Tour de France, ten Dam was selected to lead Belkin Pro Cycling with Bauke Mollema. Through the Vosges on stages 9 and 10 ten Dam was already almost 8 minutes behind race leader, Vincenzo Nibali giving his leadership to Bauke Mollema. Ten Dam's form slowly improved as the race went through the Alps finishing 8th on stages 13 and 14. With his good form moving through the Pyrenees, ten Dam managed to finish in the top 10 at Paris, finishing 9th.
In October 2015 it was announced that ten Dam would join Team Giant–Alpecin on a one-year contract for 2016, after spending eight years with Team LottoNL-Jumbo, combining racing in the United States with competing in Europe and a focus on supporting Warren Barguil and Tom Dumoulin through his climbing ability and tactical knowledge.
- 3rd Overall Ster Elektrotour
- 4th Overall Tour of Belgium
- 8th Overall Tour of Luxembourg
- 1st Mountains classification Ster Elektrotour
- 1st Stage 2a (ITT) Course de la Solidarité Olympique
- 7th Overall Deutschland Tour
- 9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 5th Overall Critérium International
- 1st Stage 1
- 10th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 1st Mountains classification Tour de Romandie
- 10th Overall Vuelta a Borguos
- 5th Overall Tour Down Under
- 6th Overall Tour of California
- 8th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 8th Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Ridderronde Maastricht
- 3rd Overall Tour du Haut Var
- 8th Overall Glava Tour of Norway
- 8th Overall Tour of California
- 9th Overall Tour de France
- 10th Overall Tour of California
Grand Tours overall classification results timeline
- "Laurens ten Dam profile".
- "Alberto Contador wins second Vuelta a Espana title". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- Daniel Benson (22 July 2013). "Kittel wins on the Champs-Elysees". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- "Overall individual time classification". Le Tour. Amaury Sport Organisation. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- "Laurens ten Dam signs for Giant-Alpecin". cyclingnews.com. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
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