Historic Overview Eric Vanderaerden

Rider

Overall Rank89
NameEric VANDERAERDEN
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth11-Feb-1962 - Herk de Stad (Limburg)
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Eric Vanderaerden - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1983 Aernoudt 1415 19
2. 1984 Panasonic 1923 10
3. 1985 Panasonic 2643 5
4. 1986 Panasonic 1923 7
5. 1987 Panasonic 1787 14
6. 1988 Panasonic 1362 21
7. 1989 Panasonic 1210 26
8. 1990 Buckler 686 71
9. 1991 Buckler 1339 21
10. 1992 Buckler 554 98
11. 1993 WordPerfect 453 106
12. 1994 Brescialat 195 240
13. 1995 Brescialat 264 182
14. 1996 Palmans - Boghemans 35 536
Overall: 15789 89

Biography

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