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. He also holds the distance record in Tour de France history with 62,885 km ridden. He won the 1979 Vuelta a España, the 1980 Tour de France and also finished 8th, 5th, 4th (three times) and 2nd (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 completed a total of 16 World Championships which is notable considering more than half the field abandons nearly every World Championship and in addition to his win he has come in the top 10 seven other times. As of 2019, he is the oldest men's individual road race world champion.

His record number of starts in the Tour de France was surpassed when George Hincapie started for the 17th time, but Hincapie was disqualified from three tours in October 2012, for doping offenses, 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 no one has yet exceeded the record of finishing the event 16 times. He retired from the sport to run a hotel at Meaux, France.

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Badges

10 3

Major Victories

Tour de France 1980
Vuelta a España 1979
World Championships Road Race 1985
Paris - Nice 1974, 1975, 1979
Amstel Gold Race 1987
La Flèche Wallonne 1976
Tirreno - Adriatico 1985
Tour de Romandie 1974
Paris - Tours 1977, 1979
Critérium International 1979
Tour du Haut-Var 1973, 1979, 1983
Paris - Camembert 1978
G.P. de Lugano 1978
G.P. Pino Cerami 1980, 1981
Setmana Catalana 1974
Tour de l'Avenir 1969
Tour de France - stages 1973 (2), 1975 (1), 1976 (3), 1978 (1), 1979 (1), 1980 (2)
Vuelta a España - stages 1971 (1), 1979 (2)
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)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1974 (1), 1980 (1)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - stages 1977 (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)
Tour de Luxembourg - stages 1971 (1)
Setmana Catalana - stages 1974 (1)
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Seasons

Joop Zoetemelk - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1969 Individual 0 1242
2. 1970 Flandria - Mars 2019 13
3. 1971 Flandria - Mars 2273 9
4. 1972 Beaulieu - Flandria 2385 7
5. 1973 Gitane - Frigécrème 2730 6
6. 1974 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 1127 32
7. 1975 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 2755 5
8. 1976 GAN - Mercier - Hutchinson 2858 4
9. 1977 Miko - Mercier - Hutchinson 2277 9
10. 1978 Miko - Mercier - Hutchinson 3018 3
11. 1979 Miko - Mercier - Vivagel 3545 4
12. 1980 TI - Raleigh - Creda 2608 5
13. 1981 TI-Raleigh - Creda 1245 33
14. 1982 Coop - Mercier - Mavic 1771 15
15. 1983 Coop - Mercier - Mavic 1690 11
16. 1984 Kwantum Hallen - Decosol - Yoko 959 36
17. 1985 Kwantum Hallen - Decosol - Yoko 2023 10
18. 1986 Kwantum Hallen - Decosol - Yoko 1234 36
19. 1987 SuperConfex - Kwantum Hallen - Yoko 793 56
Overall: 37310 6