Maarten Tjallingii

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Maarten Tjallingii
Maarten Tjallingii.jpg
Tjallingii at the 2009 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Personal information
Full name Maarten Pieter Tjallingii
Born (1977-11-05) 5 November 1977 (age 38)
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Team information
Current team LottoNL–Jumbo
Discipline Road and Mountain biking
Role Rider
Rider type Rouleur, Breakaway specialist[1]
Professional team(s)
2003–2005 Marco Polo
2006–2007 Skil–Shimano
2008 Silence–Lotto
2009–2012 Rabobank
2013–2014 Blanco Pro Cycling
2015–2016 LottoNL–Jumbo
Major wins

Stage races

Tour of Belgium (2006)
Tour of Qinghai Lake (2006)
Infobox last updated on
23 July 2015

Maarten Pieter Tjallingii (cha-LING-gee; born 5 November 1977 in Leeuwarden) is a former Dutch professional racing cyclist who last rode for UCI ProTeam LottoNL–Jumbo.[2]


His biggest win was the 2006 Tour of Belgium.[3] A frequent participant in breakaways in major races, his other most notable performances include a third place at the 2011 Paris–Roubaix and spending four days in the King of the Mountains jersey in the 2014 Giro d'Italia.[1]

Tjallingii was selected to ride the 2012 Tour de France, but crashed on stage 3, he continued for another 40 kilometers and finished it over ten minutes behind the winner Peter Sagan. However he did not start stage 4, reportedly with a fractured left hip, becoming the third retirement of the 2012 Tour.[4]

Tjallingii raced at the 2016 Giro d'Italia, which started in the Netherlands, and he made an impact on the early stages, winning the award for most aggressive rider on Stage 2 before taking the lead in the King of the Mountains competition on Stage 3, which finished 250 metres away his home in Arnhem. He had previously announced that he would retire from racing in June, having signed a six month contract extension with LottoNL–Jumbo for 2016.[5][6]


3rd, Overall, Tour du Faso
1st Stage 2
1st, Overall, Tour du Faso
1st Stage 1
1st, Rund um Rhede
2nd, National MTB Championships
1st, Overall, Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 1
1st, Overall, Tour of Qinghai Lake
1st Stage 7
2nd, Overall, Tour of Belgium
3rd Paris–Roubaix
1st Stage 2 World Ports Classic
Giro d'Italia
Held Jersey blue.svg after Stages 2–5
1st Grote Prijs Beeckman-De Caluwé
Giro d'Italia
Held Jersey blue.svg after Stage 3
Grand Tour General Classification Results Timeline
Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 98 131 92 119 124
Yellow jersey Tour 131 98 WD
red jersey Vuelta 58 137 WD

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

Personal life[edit]

Tjallingii is one of the few known vegetarian cyclists.[7][8] He lost one of his kidneys as a child.[9]


  1. ^ a b McQuillan, Tom (7 May 2016). "Giro d’Italia squad of the day: Team LottoNL-Jumbo". Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Former Rabobank (RAB) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ronde van België" (in Dutch). Ronde van België. 
  4. ^ "Tjallingii, Rojas out after crash-filled Tour de France stage". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 3 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Marcel Kittel Dominates First Sprint of Giro d'Italia". Giro d'Italia. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (8 May 2016). "Glorious homecoming for Tjallingii as Dutchman takes Giro d'Italia mountains jersey". Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Tour de France sportzomer" (in Dutch). NOS. 11 July 2008. 
  8. ^ Atkins, Ben (23 July 2010). "Tour de France: Maarten Tjallingii's meat-free journey through France". VeloNation. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Poels optimistic about return to racing in 2013". Future plc. 29 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

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