Historic Overview Eric Vanderaerden

Rider

Overall Rank91
NameEric VANDERAERDEN
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth11-Feb-1962 - Herk de Stad (Limburg)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Eric Vanderaerden

Eric Vanderaerden (born 11 February 1962) is a retired road cyclist from the town of Lummen, Belgium.

He was a considerable talent, winning the prologue time trial of both the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France in his professional debut year 1983. In subsequent years, he won two monument races: in 1985, at 23, he won the storm ridden edition of the Tour of Flanders, and in 1987 he won Paris–Roubaix. In the Tour de France, his participation in the 1985 edition was a strong one, beating the later winner Bernard Hinault in a time trial stage. The following year, he won the green jersey.

After 1988, his career went in decline and, despite his talent, he failed to win major races. He certainly had considerable talent as a time trial racer, but as a climber in the mountains his talent was limited. Perhaps, he was partly a victim of the high expectations the Belgian public had to get a successor for Eddy Merckx, a cyclist who was very versatile in winning both classic races and big stage races.

After his active career, Vanderaerden has led a few semi-professional racing teams and was also assistant-manager of a professional Belgo-Italian team. He became a directeur sportif with the DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed team in August 2006. His son Michael Vanderaerden signed a contract with the team in September 2007.

source - Wikipedia

Badges

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Major Victories

Paris - Roubaix 1987
Ronde van Vlaanderen 1985
Gent - Wevelgem 1985
Paris - Bruxelles 1984
G.P. E3 - Harelbeke 1986
Dwars door Vlaanderen 1986, 1991
Driedaagse De Panne 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993
Ronde van Limburg 1985, 1988
Tour of Ireland - Nissan Classic 1989
Tour de Suisse - stages 1984 (3), 1985 (1), 1989 (1)
Vuelta a España - stages 1983 (2), 1992 (1)
Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta del Sol - stages 1989 (1)
Paris - Nice - stages 1983 (2)
Tirreno - Adriatico - stages 1985 (1), 1988 (1), 1990 (1)
G.P. du Midi-Libre - stages 1983 (2)
Etoile de Bessèges - stages 1985 (1), 1990 (2), 1993 (1)
Driedaagse De Panne - stages 1984 (2), 1985 (2), 1986 (1), 1987 (3), 1988 (2), 1989 (2), 1990 (1)
Tour de France - stages 1983 (1), 1984 (2), 1985 (2)
Tour of Ireland - Nissan Classic - stages 1986 (1), 1989 (4), 1991 (1), 1992 (1)
4 Jours de Dunkerque - stages 1984 (2), 1988 (2)
More results

Seasons

Eric Vanderaerden - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1983 Jacky Aernoudt Meubelen - Rossin - Campagnolo 1521 15
2. 1984 Panasonic 2226 6
3. 1985 Panasonic 2501 6
4. 1986 Panasonic 2034 6
5. 1987 Panasonic - Isostar 1873 13
6. 1988 Panasonic - Isostar 1416 21
7. 1989 Panasonic - Isostar 1279 23
8. 1990 Buckler 717 73
9. 1991 Buckler 1411 20
10. 1992 Buckler 562 98
11. 1993 WordPerfect 442 106
12. 1994 Brescialat - Refin 198 242
13. 1995 Brescialat - Fago 255 183
14. 1996 Palmans - Boghemans 35 537
Overall: 16470 91