Historic Overview Wout Wagtmans

Rider

Overall Rank327
NameWout WAGTMANS
Country
  The Netherlands
Date of birth10-Nov-1929 - Rucphen (Noord Brabant)
Date of death15-Aug-1994 - Sint Willebrord (Noord Brabant)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Wout Wagtmans - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1950 Garin 91 356
2. 1951 Garin 759 29
3. 1952 Garin 1291 15
4. 1953 Garin 1468 12
5. 1954 Locomotief 1182 14
6. 1955 Locomotief 1330 12
7. 1956 Locomotief 1223 20
8. 1957 Locomotief 563 64
9. 1958 Magneet 44 500
10. 1959 Libertas 0 819
11. 1960 Eroba 223 165
12. 1961 Eroba 104 303
Overall: 8278 327

Biography

Wouter (Wout) Wagtmans (10 November 1929 – 15 August 1994) was a Dutch road bicycle racer.

Together with Wim van Est he belonged to the generation that brought great popularity to cycling in the Netherlands in the 1950s. In 1947, Wagtmans started as amateur, and two years later he became Dutch champion. In 1950 he was forced to be a professional cyclist, because he was said to take money after a victory. In his first day as a professional cyclist, he entered the Dutch professional championship, and only Gerrit Schulte could keep ahead of him.

After that, he had a glorious career. He entered the Tour de France eight times, and wore the yellow jersey in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He won four stages: in 1953 in Gap he beat Gino Bartali in the final sprint, and ended fifth in the overall standings. Two years later he was the third Dutch winner in Bordeaux. He also won three stages in the Giro d'Italia and several one-day courses. He was also successful as a track rider and, together with Wim van Est, in couple courses.

Wout Wagtmans was a very popular cyclist, both because of his combativity and his enthusiasm. He received many nicknames, Olijke Woutje, Dik Trom, Zoeloe, de Clown and het Kemphaantje. He ended his cycling career in 1961, and in 1967 he was the leader of the Dutch Tour de France team, centered on Jan Janssen. After that he took over his father's transport company. In the end of the 1980s, he had a serious accident after which he was declared physically disabled. Wagtmans died in 1994, at the age of 64.

Wout Wagtmans was the uncle of another successful cyclist, Rini Wagtmans.

source - Wikipedia