Historic Overview Eric Vanderaerden

Rider

Overall Rank92
NameEric VANDERAERDEN
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth11-Feb-1962 - Herk de Stad (Limburg)
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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 the Vuelta a España in his debut year of 1983. During the 1983 Tour de France he also won the prologue and held the yellow jersey for two days. During the 1984 Tour de France he won two stages, including the final stage of the race which finished on the Champs Elysees in Paris. His participation in the 1985 edition was a strong one, beating the eventual Tour winner Bernard Hinault in a time trial stage. He held the yellow jersey again during this tour, this time for three days. The following year, he won the green jersey.

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.

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.

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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
Ronde van Nederland 1985
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)
Tour de Luxembourg - stages 1989 (1), 1990 (1), 1991 (1)
Tour de l'Avenir - stages 1990 (1)
Ronde van Nederland - stages 1984 (1), 1985 (2), 1986 (1), 1989 (1), 1990 (1)
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Seasons

Eric Vanderaerden - Scores by Season


Year Team Score Rank
1. 1981 Individual 30 505
2. 1983 Jacky Aernoudt Meubelen - Rossin - Campagnolo 1555 15
3. 1984 Panasonic 2296 6
4. 1985 Panasonic 2517 6
5. 1986 Panasonic 2055 6
6. 1987 Panasonic - Isostar 1960 11
7. 1988 Panasonic - Isostar 1472 21
8. 1989 Panasonic - Isostar 1340 23
9. 1990 Buckler 807 68
10. 1991 Buckler 1454 20
11. 1992 Buckler 593 94
12. 1993 WordPerfect 479 105
13. 1994 Brescialat - Refin 204 245
14. 1995 Brescialat - Fago 263 188
15. 1996 Palmans - Boghemans 46 526
Overall: 17071 92