Wout Poels

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Wout Poels
Wout Poels 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Wouter Poels
Nickname Wout
Born (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 29)
Venray, Limburg, the Netherlands
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber[1]
Professional team(s)
2006–2008 Fondas-P3Transfer Team
2009–2013 Vacansoleil
2014 Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015– Team Sky
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2016)

Wouter Poels (born 1 October 1987 in Venray) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer for the UCI WorldTeam Team Sky.


Poels at the 2015 Tour de France

After competing with the Vacansoleil–DCM[3] squad since 2009, Poels moved to the Omega Pharma–Quick-Step squad for the 2014 season.[4]

He almost lost a kidney after a massive crash on the sixth stage of the 2012 Tour de France.[5]

In September 2014 Team Sky announced that Poels would join them from 1 January 2015.[6] His first win for the team came in the 2015 Tirreno–Adriatico, where he led the team following the withdrawal of Chris Froome. Poels won stage 4 into Castelraimondo with an attack on the final climb and a solo descent to the finish line. He moved into the lead of the race and went on to finish seventh in the overall standings.[7][8] He later finished second overall at the Tour of Britain, winning the toughest mountain stage with an uphill finish on Hartside Fell.

In 2016, Poels won his first one-day race after sprinting to victory from a four-man group in the 2016 Liège–Bastogne–Liège. It was the first monument for Team Sky and for Poels himself.[9][10]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st Overall Vuelta Ciclista a León
3rd Overall Volta a Lleida
3rd Rund um Düren
9th Overall Circuit des Ardennes
1st Stage 4 Tour of Britain
2nd Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 4
8th Overall Tour du Poitou Charentes
9th Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
2nd Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
3rd Overall Vuelta a Murcia
4th Overall Tour de Pologne
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Vuelta a Murcia
8th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
7th Amstel Curaçao Race
8th Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 4
9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
9th Strade Bianche
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 5
3rd Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
5th Milano–Torino
7th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 4
8th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
8th GP Ouest-France
1st Overall A yellow jersey Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white dots on red.svg Mountains classification
1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 4
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Stage 5 Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 6 Tour of Britain
4th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
4th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía[11]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 21
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France DNF DNF 28 44 28
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España 17 DNF 38
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/super-domestiques-the-unsung-heroes-of-the-tour-de-france-263143
  2. ^ http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/super-domestiques-the-unsung-heroes-of-the-tour-de-france-263143
  3. ^ Atkins, Ben (3 January 2012). "Vacansoleil-DCM presented with twelve new riders for 2012". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "OPQS Signs Wout Poels and Janier Acevedo". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Poels optimistic about return to racing in 2013". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Team Sky sign Leopold König, Nicolas Roche, Wout Poels, Andy Fenn, Lars Petter Nordhaug". skysports.com. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  7. ^ O'Shea, Sadhbh (15 March 2015). "Tirreno-Adriatico: Poels wins in Castelraimondo". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tirreno-Adriatico: Quintana wins overall". Cyclingnews.com. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Poels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege". Cyclingnews.com. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Wout Poels (Wins)". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Fletcher, Patrick (19 February 2017). "Ruta del Sol: Wellens wins rainy final stage". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 

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