Historic Overview 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.
|1973 (2), 1975 (1), 1976 (3), 1978 (1), 1979 (1), 1980 (2)|
|1971 (1), 1979 (2)|
|1974 (1), 1980 (1)|