Historic Overview Joop Zoetemelk

Rider

Overall Rank6
NameJoop ZOETEMELK
Country
  The Netherlands
Date of birth03-Dec-1946 - Rijpwetering (Zuid Holland)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Joop Zoetemelk

Hendrik Gerardus Joseph "Joop" Zoetemelk (pronounced [ˈjoːp ˈsutəmɛlk]; born 3 December 1946) is a retired professional racing cyclist from the Netherlands. He started and finished the Tour de France 16 times, which were both records when he retired. His record number of starts in the Tour de France was surpassed when George Hincapie started for the 17th time in 2012, but Hincapie was disqualified in October 2012 from the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Tour de France for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, giving the number of starts record back to Zoetemelk. Nobody other than Zoetemelk achieved sixteen Tour de France finishes until Sylvain Chavanel did so in the 2018 Tour de France. Currently, three riders have had more than 16 starts in the Tour de France, but none of them has yet exceeded the record of finishing the event 16 times. He also holds the distance record in Tour de France history with 62,885 km ridden. He won the 1979 Vuelta a Espana, the 1980 Tour de France and also came eighth, fifth, fourth (three times) and second (six times). He was the first rider to wear the Tour de France's Polka Dot Jersey as the King of the Mountains. He also won the World Professional Road Championship in 1985 at the age of 38, with a late attack surprising the favorites of Lemond, Roche, Argentin and Millar. He is, as of 2018, the oldest men's individual road race world champion. He retired from the sport to run a hotel at Meaux, France.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Amstel Gold Race 1987
La Flèche Wallonne 1976
Paris - Tours 1977, 1979
Tour de France 1980
Vuelta a España 1979
World Championships Road Race 1985
Tour de Romandie 1974
Paris - Nice 1974, 1975, 1979
Tirreno - Adriatico 1985
Critérium International 1979
Tour du Haut-Var 1973, 1979, 1983
G.P. de Lugano 1978
Paris - Camembert 1978
Tour de France - stages 1973 (2), 1975 (1), 1976 (3), 1978 (1), 1979 (1), 1980 (2)
Vuelta a España - stages 1971 (1), 1979 (2)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1974 (1), 1980 (1)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - stages 1977 (1)
Paris - Nice - stages 1973 (1), 1974 (2), 1975 (2), 1979 (1)
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1973 (1), 1976 (1), 1979 (1), 1980 (1)
Tirreno - Adriatico - stages 1985 (1)
G.P. du Midi-Libre - stages 1973 (2)
Critérium International - stages 1978 (1), 1979 (1)
Etoile de Bessèges - stages 1974 (1), 1979 (1)
Paris - Luxembourg - stages 1970 (1)
More results

Seasons

Joop Zoetemelk - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1970 Flandria - Mars 1950 13
2. 1971 Flandria - Mars 2216 9
3. 1972 Beaulieu - Flandria 2381 7
4. 1973 Gitane - Frigécrème 2725 6
5. 1974 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 1127 32
6. 1975 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 2749 5
7. 1976 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 2857 4
8. 1977 Miko - Mercier - Hutchinson 2256 9
9. 1978 Miko - Mercier - Hutchinson 2991 3
10. 1979 Miko - Mercier - Vivagel 3541 4
11. 1980 TI - Raleigh - Creda 2583 5
12. 1981 TI-Raleigh - Creda 1234 33
13. 1982 Coop - Mercier - Mavic 1717 15
14. 1983 Coop - Mercier - Mavic 1674 11
15. 1984 Kwantum Hallen - Decosol - Yoko 950 36
16. 1985 Kwantum Hallen - Decosol - Yoko 2010 10
17. 1986 Kwantum Hallen - Decosol - Yoko 1224 35
18. 1987 SuperConfex - Kwantum Hallen - Yoko 787 54
Overall: 36972 6