Historic Overview Joop Zoetemelk

Rider

Overall Rank4
NameJoop ZOETEMELK
Country
  The Netherlands
Date of birth03-Dec-1946 - Rijpwetering (Zuid Holland)
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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 62,885km 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
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)
More results

Seasons

Joop Zoetemelk - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1970 Flandria - Mars 2097 12
2. 1971 Flandria - Mars 2216 11
3. 1972 Beaulieu - Flandria 2369 7
4. 1973 Gitane - Frigécrème 2735 6
5. 1974 GAN 1212 29
6. 1975 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 2742 5
7. 1976 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 2905 3
8. 1977 Miko - Mercier - Hutchinson 2222 8
9. 1978 Miko - Mercier - Hutchinson 3008 3
10. 1979 Miko - Mercier - Vivagel 3675 4
11. 1980 TI - Raleigh - Creda 2697 4
12. 1981 TI-Raleigh - Creda 1255 30
13. 1982 Coop - Mercier - Mavic 1653 13
14. 1983 Coop - Mercier - Mavic 1494 15
15. 1984 Kwantum Hallen - Decosol - Yoko 947 38
16. 1985 Kwantum 2094 9
17. 1986 Kwantum Hallen - Decosol - Yoko 1236 32
18. 1987 SuperConfex - Kwantum Hallen - Yoko 805 52
Overall: 37362 4