Laurens ten Dam

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Laurens ten Dam
Ten Dam on L'Alpe (cropped).jpg
Ten Dam at the 2011 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Laurens ten Dam
Born (1980-11-13) 13 November 1980 (age 36)
Bedum, the Netherlands
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Team Sunweb
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2002–2003 Rabobank GS3
2004 Bankgiroloterij
2005 Shimano-Memory Corp.
2006–2007 Unibet.com
2008–2015 Rabobank
2016– Team Giant–Alpecin

Laurens ten Dam (born 13 November 1980) is a Dutch road racing cyclist with UCI ProTeam Team Sunweb.

Career[edit]

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 2012, ten Dam finished 8th in the Vuelta a España, his best grand tour finish to date.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2005
3rd Overall Ster Elektrotour
4th Overall Tour of Belgium
8th Overall Tour of Luxembourg
2006
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Ster Elektrotour
1st Stage 2a (ITT) Course de la Solidarité Olympique
2007
7th Overall Deutschland Tour
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
2008
5th Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 1
10th Overall Tour de Suisse
2009
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification Tour de Romandie
2010
10th Overall Vuelta a Borguos
2011
5th Overall Tour Down Under
6th Overall Tour of California
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
2012
8th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Ridderronde Maastricht
2013
3rd Overall Tour du Haut Var
8th Overall Glava Tour of Norway
2014
8th Overall Tour of California
9th Overall Tour de France
2016
10th Overall Tour of California

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Pink jersey Giro  – 28  –  –  –  –  –  –  – IP
Yellow jersey Tour 21 60  – 58 28 13 9 92 73
golden jersey Vuelta  –  – WD  – 8 WD 44  –  –

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Laurens ten Dam profile". 
  2. ^ "Alberto Contador wins second Vuelta a Espana title". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Daniel Benson (22 July 2013). "Kittel wins on the Champs-Elysees". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Overall individual time classification". Le Tour. Amaury Sport Organisation. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Laurens ten Dam signs for Giant-Alpecin". cyclingnews.com. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 

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