Wout Poels

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Wout Poels
Wout Poels 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full nameWouter Lambertus Martinus Henricus Poels
Born (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 31)
Venray, Limburg, the Netherlands
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb; 10 st 6 lb)
Team information
Current teamTeam Ineos
Rider typeClimber[1]
Professional team(s)
2006–2008Fondas-P3Transfer Team
2014Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015–Team Sky
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2016)

Wouter Poels (born 1 October 1987) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Ineos.[3]


Poels was born in Venray. After competing with the Vacansoleil–DCM[4] squad since 2009, Poels moved to the Omega Pharma–Quick-Step squad for the 2014 season.[5]

He almost lost a kidney after a massive crash on the sixth stage of the 2012 Tour de France.[6]

In September 2014, Team Sky announced that Poels would join them from 1 January 2015.[7] 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.[8][9] 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 Liège–Bastogne–Liège. It was the first monument for Team Sky and for Poels himself.[10][11]

Career achievements[edit]

Poels at the 2015 Tour de France

Major results[edit]

1st Jersey yellow.svg 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 Jersey yellow.svg Overall 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
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 7
4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
4th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
6th Overall Vuelta a España
6th Milano–Torino
7th Overall Tour of Guangxi
1st Stage 4 (ITT) Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Jersey yellow.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 6
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
3rd Overall Volta ao Algarve
7th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 21 12
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France DNF DNF 28 44 28 58
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España 17 DNF 38 6
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. ^ "Team Sky". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  4. ^ Atkins, Ben (3 January 2012). "Vacansoleil-DCM presented with twelve new riders for 2012". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  5. ^ "OPQS Signs Wout Poels and Janier Acevedo". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Poels optimistic about return to racing in 2013". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Team Sky sign Leopold König, Nicolas Roche, Wout Poels, Andy Fenn, Lars Petter Nordhaug". skysports.com. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  8. ^ O'Shea, Sadhbh (15 March 2015). "Tirreno-Adriatico: Poels wins in Castelraimondo". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Tirreno-Adriatico: Quintana wins overall". Cyclingnews.com. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Poels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege". Cyclingnews.com. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Wout Poels (Wins)". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 24 April 2016.

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